Lady Cats break long-standing records

Lady Cats break long-standing records

Freshman hurdler Katie Rapp prepares for the Robert Morris University Invitational at the athletic fields on campus.

Garrett Stinson, Staff Writer

The Pitt-Johnstown women’s track and field team recently recieved an impressive fourth place at the Towson (Md.) Invitational.

The Lady Cats were able to sweep the top two positions in both the triple jump and 100-meter hurdles.

Kelsey Warshel took first in both the triple jump and the 100-meter hurdles, while Tonni Melendez placed second in both events.

Both ladies have qualified and will travel April 30 to the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Championships.

Warshel qualified not only for the conference championships, but also broke the school record in the 100-meter hurdles with a 15.51 at the Frostburg (Md.) Invitational.

Her record breaking time was  enough to also earn her first place in the 100-meter hurdles.

Melendez placed fourth in the long jump and also qualified for the conference championships.

“I’m just looking to set my personal record and placing would be an added bonus,” Melendez said.

Emily Hanwell also broke a Pitt-Johnstown record by throwing 67 feet, eight inches in the hammer throw and placing sixth at the Frostburg Invitational.

Dominique Jefferson had an impressive performance at Frostburg, where she placed second in both the 100 and 200 meter dashes.

Alyssa Pagano placed second in the 1,500 meter run and Larissa Swank also placed second in the javelin.

Another record-breaking performance came from Pagano, who shattered a 5,000 meter record by 13 seconds.

That record has stood since 2000.

Pagano’s 19:35 time was good enough for second in the 5,000-meter run at the Towson Invitational.

Jenny Harold placed second in the 1,500 meter run at the Towson Invitational.

“We’re looking to qualify a few more athletes for the conference championships,” assistant coach Greg Bixel said.

“We have got a lot of runners that are really close to making the cut if we could just get a nice day for them to run.”

“It’s exciting to see some long-standing records fall,” Bixel said.

“We’re getting noticed by better recruits and our talent pool is getting much better. ”

Coach Jason Hunter said the results have been impressive.

“We are surely a program on the rise,” he said.

The Lady Cats are to lose three seniors next season–Jenny Harold, Sasha Peterman and Pagano.

Pagano still has a year of eligibility left but is academically a senior and is to leave the team after graduation.