Presidents Claim Two Top-Five Team Finishes In Columbus
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Washington & Jefferson College women’s indoor track & field team captured second place, while the Presidents’ men took fourth Saturday at the 13-team Capital Classic.
Otterbein claimed the women’s team championship with 135.5 points, while W&J (89) and Centre (76) rounded out the top three. Wilmington won the men’s title with 90 points followed by Capital (81.5), Otterbein (80.5) and W&J (55).
Freshman Kristen Galligan (Frederick, Md./Governor Thomas Johnson) continued her standout rookie season at W&J with victories in the 3,000 (10:54.37) and 5,000 (18:39.89) meter events.
Sophomore Meghan Poinsett (Salem, N.J./Salem) won the 500 meters (1:21.69), while freshman Mara Spina (Charleroi, Pa./Charleroi) took second in the high jump (4’11 3/4”).
Sophomore Cheyenne Mangold (Boerne, Texas/Texas Military Institute) also placed second in the 400 meters (1:00.85) and third in the 200 meters (27.26).
The men’s distance medley relay comprised of seniors Greg French (Buffalo, N.Y./Williamsville East) and Adam Toomey (Youngwood, Pa./Hempfield), junior Benjamin Kopchick (Clarksburg, Pa./Saltsburg) and freshman Joshua Makepeace (Meadville, Pa./Meadville) earned a first-place finish in a time of 11:06.81.
Senior Taylor Hockman (Martinsburg, W.V./Hedgesville) was second in the long jump (23’ ½”) and third in the triple jump (44’7”), while French was fourth in the triple jump with a top mark of 44’3 ½”).
W&J will be back in action in two weeks (Mar. 4-5) at the ECAC Championships in New York City.