12 Leopards Participate in Penn Relays in Philadelphia
April 23, 2008
EASTON, Pa. - Lafayette will take 12 members from the track & field team to participate in the Penn Relays at the University of Pennsylvania on April 24-26. The Leopards will compete in seven individual events and one relay race.
Senior thrower Ashley Harbin returns to Franklin Field as the reigning champion in the hammer. The Clarksville, Tenn. native won the Championship of America division with a throw of 193' 9" on her first attempt in the finals. She became the first Leopard to win a title at the Penn Relays when she won the college division as a sophomore before repeating the feat as a junior at the championship division.
Harbin was named the Patriot League Field Athlete of the Week (Apr. 22) after winning the hammer title at the Larry Ellis Invitational on April 19. Her throw of 196' 5" was a season-best and improved her NCAA Regional qualifying mark. The Championship of America division of the hammer throw will begin on Thursday at 10 a.m.
Senior Andrea Cerbie and junior Vicky Melroy will compete in the college division of the hammer throw at 11:15 a.m. on Thursday. Cerbie threw a season-best distance of 161' 4" last year. This is Melroy's first trip to the Penn Relays. Senior Pamela Glennon will represent Lafayette in the women's shot put at 1 p.m. on Thursday.
Sophomore Connor McGee is the only member of the men's track & field team to make the trip to Philadelphia. The Williamsport, Pa. native makes his first appearance in the men's shot put at the Penn Relays on Friday at noon. McGee threw a personal record 128' 1" at the Lafayette vs. Lehigh Dual Meet on April 7.
Three Leopards will represent the team in the eastern division of the women's long jump on Thursday. Kerriann Borke, Jessica Buzzell and Emily Cholak will compete in a field of 30 jumpers. Buzzell finished 17th last year with a jump of 18' 4". In addition to the long jump, Cholak will participate in the triple jump on Friday morning for the second straight year.
Austin will also compete in the women's 100-meter hurdles. The Trenton, N.J. native was chosen as the Patriot League Track Athlete of the Week after qualifying for the NCAA Regionals at the Larry Ellis Invitational with a record-breaking time of 13.89 seconds. She broke the school record which she had set earlier in the season at the Shamrock Invitational on Mar. 22.
Thursday, April 24 10:00 a.m. Women's Hammer, Championship of America division - Ashley Harbin 10:00 a.m. Women's High Jump, Eastern division - Kristen Kalinowski 11:15 a.m. Women's Hammer, College division - Andrea Cerbie, Vicky Melroy 1:00 p.m. Women's Shot Put, Eastern division - Pamela Glennon 4:00 p.m. Women's Long Jump - Jessica Buzzell, Emily Cholak, Kerriann Borke 5:25 p.m. Women's 4x400 Relay - Kyara Gray, Janica Austin, Jessica Buzzell, Asia Hollis
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