Standout Achievements Highlight Leopard Invitational
April 24, 2005
EASTON, Pa. (www.lafayette.edu) - Freshmen Thomas Blenk (110m hurdles) and Ashley Harbin (hammer) qualified for postseason competition, and sophomore Tyler Jones (discus) earned an automatic bid into the NCAA East Regional in late May as Lafayette hosted the Leopard Invitational on Sunday.
Blenk finished second in the 110m hurdles in a time of 14.80 seconds to qualify for the IC4A championships. Harbin qualified for the USA Junior Nationals as well as the ECAC championships. She threw the hammer 162-11, the second best mark in school history, for second place in the event.
Jones shattered his previous personal record in the discus, throwing 169-2, to earn the first automatic bid into the East Regional for the Leopards since 2003. Jones is a member of the triumverate of men's throwers that swept the hammer, and all three won an event.
Jonathan Rowe won the hammer with a throw of 167-11 1/2, Michael DeGregorio was second (165-5) and Jones was third (156-11). DeGregorio claimed the shot put (51-6 3/4), with Jones finishing third and Andrew Brown ninth. Brown finished second to Jones in the discus as well. Steve Malloy was fourth in the javelin.
Jeffrey Sejour won the triple jump with a distance of 45-5, Adam Callaghan was third in the high jump, and Richard Jackson came in third in the 400m hurdles. Nickolas Baldwin and John Paul Botti were second and fourth in the 3000m steeplechase, while Edward Dutch and Kevin Penderghest were fourth and fifth in the 3000m run.
James Strada (100m, 11.19) and Brian Vail (1:56.61, 800m) both placed fourth in their events.
On the women's side, Meghan Baker won the 800m in 2:14.45. Vanessa Youngs was fourth in the 200m (26.30) and sixth in the 100m (12.73). Deborah Fink captured second in he 400m hurdles, in 1:03.03. The Leopards' 4x100m relay team was fourth in a field of 10.
Larissa Bellamy edged out Andrea Cerbie for third in the shot put, and was sixth in the hammer and discus. Daria Szkwarko placed third in the pole vault with a height of 10-6, and Lori Cooper was third in the javelin.
Three Lafayette women also competed in the Golden Bear Multis at Kutztown University. Kristen Kalinowski finished second with 3719 points, her twin sister Leigh Kalinowski placed third with 3683, and Monika Sajduk was fourth with 3583 points in the field of nine athletes.
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