Jones, Straub Win Titles At Westminster Invitational
NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. -- Senior Jared Jones (Glenshaw, Pa./Shaler) and junior Harley Straub (Richfield, Pa./Juniata) both won events Saturday at the Westminster Track & Field Invitational at Burry Stadium. The Presidents earned fifth place in the women's standings with 50.5 points and eighth in the men's competition (43.5 points). A total of 14 teams competed in each classification.
Penn State-Behrend claimed the men's team title with 159 points, while Grove City took top women's honors with 156.25 points. Waynesburg was second in both team standings (97 points - men; 131.75 points - women).
Jones raced to the 100-meter dash title in a time of 11.35 seconds, while also earning runner-up laurels in the 200 meters (22.88). Straub was the lone women's winner, posting a top throw of 11.54 meters in the shot put.
The W&J women had two high jumpers tie for second place as juniors Mara Spina (Stockdale, Pa./Charleroi) and Erin Oberg (Beaver Falls, Pa./Riverside) both posted a leap of 1.53 meters. Oberg was also third in the triple jump (10.01 meters), while Spina placed fourth in the long jump (4.56 meters).
Junior Laura Lee (Spartansburg, Pa./Titusville) tied for third place in the 100 meters (13.32) and took seventh place in the 200 meters (27.15). Sophomore Clairesa Johnson (Uniontown, Pa./Laurel Highlands) was the fifth-place finisher in the 100-meter hurdles (16.57) before placing seventh in the 400-meter hurdles (1:13.07). Freshman Kenzie Blackmon (Erie, Pa./Fort LeBoeuf) rounded out the Presidents' top showings with fifth place in the 400 meters (1:03.19).
Outside of Jones, the Presidents' men had four student-athletes earn top-five finishes. Freshman Nico Demaio (Carnegie, Pa./Chartiers Valley) claimed third place behind Jones in the 100 meters (11.50), while senior Benjamin Kopchick (Clarksburg, Pa./Saltsburg) recorded fourth place in the 3,000-meter steeplechase (10:25.50).
Sophomore Chris Casagrande's (Suterville, Pa./Yough) best throw of 48.82 meters in the javelin earned him fourth place, while freshman Dakota Holloway (Fairfax, Va./Robinson Secondary) placed fifth in the discus (39.12 meters).
Both W&J squads will be back in action on Wednesday as Bethany hosts the PAC South Quad in West Virginia.