W&J Men's Track & Field Captures PAC South Quad
BETHANY, W.Va. -- The Washington & Jefferson College men's track & field team captured first place, while the women's squad notched second on Wednesday at the 2012 Presidents' Athletic Conference South Quad Meet hosted by Bethany College.
The W&J men garnered 170 points to edge Bethany (153), Waynesburg (141) and Saint Vincent (47). Waynesburg claimed the three-team women's meet with 125 points followed by W&J (110) and Bethany (90).
The Presidents had 12 different athletes claim individual titles, including seven men. Senior Taylor Hockman (Martinsburg, W.Va./Hedgesville) led the way with a victorious leap of 22'5" in the long jump.
Three W&J men set meet records, including senior Greg French (Buffalo, N.Y./Williamsville East), who claimed the 400-meter hurdles in 54.99 seconds. Junior Scott Ryan (Buffalo, N.Y./Williamsville East) posted a meet record time of 4:03.39 in the 1,500 meters, while classmate Benjamin Kopchick (Clarksburg, Pa./Saltsburg) won the 5,000 meters (15:55.51) in meet-record fashion.
Senior Bryant Wang (Sudbury, Mass./Lincoln-Sudbury) raced to a victory in the 110-meter hurdles (15.75), while juniors Gavin Donathan (Hurricane, W.Va./Hurricane) and Jared Jones (Glenshaw, Pa./Shaler) also recorded triumphs. Donathan tossed a top mark of 13.86 in the shot put, while Jones notched a time of 22.74 in the 200 meters.
The W&J women earned a pair of meet records, starting with freshman Kristen Galligan's (Frederick, Md./Governor Thomas Johnson) time of 17:58.91 in the 5,000 meters. Sophomore Meghan Poinsett (Salem, N.J./Salem) also notched a record time of 1:06.88 seconds in the 400-meter hurdles.
Senior C.J. Corcoran (Harleysville, Pa./Souderton) was the javelin champion with a top throw of 38.53 meters, while classmate Tierney Risley (Nassau, N.Y./Columbia) earned the 100-meter hurdle (16.28) title. Sophomore Mara Spina (Charleroi, Pa./Charleroi) was awarded the high jump first-place award after notching a 1.53 meter leap.
Washington & Jefferson is now idle until next weekend's PAC Championships at Geneva College in Beaver Falls.