SELINSGROVE, Pa. – The regular season is winding down for the Susquehanna track & field teams and the Crusaders saw more records fall on Saturday as they hosted the annual SU Invitational.
Among the many highlights was freshman Ashley West’s (East Hampton, N.Y./East Hampton) school-record time of 2:19.07 in the 800 meter – surpassing her own school record set earlier this season – while the women’s 4 x400 relay team also set a school record with a time of 4:09.02, eclipsing the previous record of 4:09.23.
In that 800 meter run, which West won, Laura Alleva (Malvern, Pa./Great Valley) was just behind West with her personal-best time of 2:20.49 as SU swept the one and two spots.
In other track action, Jennifer Nagy (Jessup, Pa./Valley View) was sixth overall in the 60m hurdles with a time of 10.30 after running a 10.21 in the prelims.
Sarah Dickerson (York Haven, Pa./Northeatern) was seventh in the one mile with a personal-best time of 5:37.95 and in the 400 meter dash, Brooke Linders (Doylestown, Pa./Central Bucks West) was second overall after crossing the finish in 1:01.69, surpassing her previous PR of 1:01.80.
Finally, Kim McGrath’s (Kendall Park, N.J./South Brunswick) 5k time of 21:05.42 was the team’s fastest time of the afternoon.
In the women’s field events, Jennifer Baer (Greencastle, Pa./Greencastle-Antrim) was SU’s top finisher in the weight throw by taking eighth with a throw of 11.38m. Teammate Cameron Weaver (Selinsgrove, Pa./Selinsgrove Area) was 10th (10.97) and Weaver went on to place eighth in the shot put with a mark of 10.66m.
Freshman Alissa Sellers (Huntingdon, Pa./Huntingdon Area) earned third overall in the long jump (4.93m – a PR) while Jennifer Tims (Campbell, N.Y./Campbell-Savona) was just two places behind with her jump of 4.86m, also a PR. In the triple jump, sophomore Thanida Sermsuwan (Bridgewater, N.J./Bridgewater-Raritan) was third (10.51m), which marked yet another PR.
The Crusaders’ Julie Scales (Berkeley Heights, N.J./Governor Livingston) earned first overall in the pole vault with a mark of 3.05m, easily ahead of the second-place mark of 2.90m. Her mark tied her personal-best.
In the men’s action, Seth Landgraf (Millersburg, Pa./Millersburg Area) opened the throws with a ninth-place finish in the weight throw (12.89m) while teammate Ken Schetroma (Elysburg, Pa./Southern Columbia) was fifth overall in the shot put with a throw of 14.98m. Also in the shot put, Tom Schetroma (Elysburg, Pa./Southern Columbia) finished 10th (13.88m) and Jared Minori (Tyrone, Pa./Bellwood-Antis) 11th (13.31m).
Desmond Edwards (Carbondale, Pa./Carbondale Area) was sixth in the long jump (6.11m) and Matthew Cultrera (Stanhope, N.J./Lenape Valley Regional) eighth (5.98m). Edwards went on to take fifth in the triple jump with a mark of 12.17m.
Brian Etz (Cortland, N.Y./Cortland) was fifth in the high jump (1.78m) and two places behind him was Trey Bailey (Williamsport, Pa./Williamsport Area) with his jump of 1.73m which matched his personal best.
The men’s 4 x 200 relay team was just one second behind the winning team from USMMA as the Crusaders posted a time of 1:35.28. The 4 x 400 relay team did run to a first-place finish, however, with a time of 3:29.94.
In the one mile run, the Crusaders placed four runners in the top-10, led by Sal D’Angelo’s (Glenside, Pa./Springfield Twp.) winning time of 4:28.27 – a four-second PR. Franky Mills (Exton, Pa./The School at Church Farm) was fourth (4:30.73), Austin Iovoli (Victor, N.Y./Victor) sixth (4:32.09) and Scott Sullivan (Silver Spring, Md./Northwood) eighth (4:34.62). All of those times marked PRs.
Ryan Lopes’s (Lewisburg, Pa./Lewisburg Area) time of 51.35 in the 400 meter dash was the second-fastest time of the afternoon while Sage Weikel (Pipersville, Pa./Palisades) and D’Angelo went six-seven in the 800 meter run with respective times of 2:01.34 and 2:01.69. Both times were career-bests.
The Crusaders host the SU Open – the final meet of the regular season – on Friday, Feb. 15 beginning at 4 p.m.