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Tigers finish third in Gulden Invitational

26 January 2014 By Kati Day, Staff Writer No Comments

The Tigers returned to action Saturday at Bucknell to participate in the Gulden Invitational. After a six-week hiatus, the team took third in a field of nine teams.

Sophomore Wilhelmina Austin had an impressive finish in the long jump with 5.47 meters, placing first in the event. Austin also placed second in the triple jump with 11.30 meters, earning a total of 18 points for the Tigers. She was also named the field Most Valuable Player at the meet.

Sophomore Maggie Rampolla took second in the pole vault with a height of 3.45 meters. The sophomore had an excellent start to the season earlier in December, tying her school record of 3.45 meters at the Princeton Invitational.

“I was pleasantly surprised to see how we did as a team,” Head Coach Roger Erricker said. “We had a big break and not really much practice. We saw some people worked hard over break and that we haven’t lost much since December.”

Freshman Jackie Lavitt tied for third in the high jump with 1.59 meters. Her finish earned top points for the Tigers as well. Lavitt finished just ahead of teammate sophomore Emerald Vickers who jumped 1.54 meters.

Erricker noted a top performance by senior Leslie Miles who took fifth in the 500-meter race with a time of 1.18.68. Erricker said her sprint as the anchor in the 4×400 meter race was big for the team and helped them take fourth place with a time of 4:03.55. Junior Emily Wenger and freshmen Amanda Famularo and Megan Kelly rounded out the relay.

Freshman Paige Dement continues to make her mark in her rookie season, moving into the No. 6 spot for shot put in Towson’s Track and Field Top 10 list. Erricker mentioned what an honor it is for a freshman to break the top-ten, and equally impressive.

“Today was nice,” Erricker said. “We picked up some valuable points here and there. It really shows we do have some talent.”

The Tigers will travel to Pennsylvania next Saturday to compete at Lehigh University. The meet is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m.

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