Women Bring Home Title, Men Take Second At Lafayette-Rider Invite
April 1, 2006
LAWRENCEVILLE, N.J. (www.lafayette.edu) - The weather may have been up and down, but the Lafayette track and field teams remained high all day as the women and men finish first and second, respectively, at the Lafayette-Rider Invitational hosted by the Broncs on Saturday afternoon.
The women ran away with the title by more than 32 points over second place St. Joe's. The Leopards collected eight first-place finishes, led by a pair by sophomore Ashley Harbin in the discus (120' 4") and hammer (177' 1") throws. Lafayette swept first and second in both events, as Shannon Dorsey (disc) and Andrea Cerbie (hammer) came up with second-place showings.
Also in the field, Lafayette junior Lori Cooper nabbed first in the javelin with a 125' mark, winning by nearly three full feet. Senior Daria Szkwarko hit the 11-foot mark in the pole vault to dwarf second-place Rebecca Clatch of Rider by two feet. Sophomore Kristen Kalinowski skied 5' 7" to take the high jump.
Sophomore Frances Morro won the 3000-meter steeplechase (11:35.35). Senior Deborah Fink and sophomore Katie Schultes rounded out the Leopards' titles, coming away with the 400m hurdles (1:02.76) and 1500m (4:47.50), respectively.
On the men's side, Lafayette won three of the seven field events, including a pair from reigning Patriot League Field Athlete of the Week Tyler Jones. The junior continued his assault in the shot put with a 54' 1" heave, while also taking the discus event with a 157' 10" mark. Senior Steve Malloy posted a 185' 7" mark to win the javelin by more than 25 feet.
Rookie Travis Wolfe's win in the 3000m steeplechase (9:41.48) also added six points to the Leopards overall finish. The Leopards fell short of host Rider, who won the title with a score of 90.
Next up for the Leopards is a showdown with archrival Lehigh on Friday beginning at 2 p.m. in Bethlehem, Pa.
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