W&J Women’s Track & Field Enters National Rankings
WASHINGTON, Pa. -- The Washington & Jefferson College women’s track & field team is ranked 23rd in the latest United States Track & Field/Cross Country Coaches Association Division III rankings released on Wednesday.
W&J earned 51.83 points in the poll, while Wartburg (Iowa) is ranked first for the third consecutive week after garnering 133.55 points.
Record-setting sophomore Kristen Galligan (Frederick, Md./Governor Thomas Johnson) leads the team’s long-distance runners. Galligan recently broke her own 10,000-meter school record by two minutes and 45 seconds after turning in a time of 35:50.36 at the Bucknell Invitational.
Juniors Cheyenne Mangold (Boerne, Texas/Texas Military Institute) and Meghan Poinsett (Salem, N.J./Salem) have both earned a spot in the ECAC Division III Championship 400-meter hurdle event. Mangold has also posted qualifying times for the 200-meter and 400-meter events.
Junior Erin Oberg (Beaver Falls, Pa./Riverside) claimed the high jump title at last week’s Presidents’ Athletic Conference South Quad Meet with a top leap of 5’0 1/4”. Classmate Mara Spina (Stockdale, Pa./Charleroi) and sophomore Brooke Burns (Uniontown, Pa./Laurel Highlands) finished second and third, respectively, the second time during the outdoor season that W&J high jumpers swept the top three positions.
Led by second-year Head Coach Shawn Marek, the Presidents men’s and women’s track & field teams will host the PAC Championships on Friday (3:00 pm) and Saturday (11:00 am) at Cameron Stadium.