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Rampolla sets school record in weekend meet

4 February 2014 By Kati Day, Staff Writer No Comments

Towson made its mark on Saturday at the John Covert Classic at Lehigh University.

The team boasted five first-place finishes at the meet including a school record set by sophomore Maggie Rampolla. Rampolla beat the previous school record for the pole vault by a staggering eight inches. She had a jump of 12′ 6.00” that beat Jodie Taetle’s school record of 11′ 10.00″ set in 2005. The performance qualified her for the Eastern College Athletic Conference Championships in Boston this March. It’s also Rampolla’s first school record.

“The ECAC has difficult qualifying standards,” Head Coach Roger Erricker said. “Just to qualify is a big deal.”

Freshman Zanae Freeland followed suit after her teammate and finished first in the 60-meter dash with a time of 7.87 seconds. Sophomore Kelsey Fiddes took third place with a time of 7.91 seconds.

Senior Leslie Miles beat three competitors from Delaware and took first place in the 500-meter run with a time of 1:18.82. Freshman Sarah Robbie finished fifth in the race with a time of 1:20.37.

Junior Elizabeth Tauber was back in action this week and took first in the 3,000-meter dash with a time of 10:30.67. Tauber has set six school records for the Tigers, the most recent in December at the Princeton New Year’s Invitational.

Sophomore Wilhelmina Austin helped the Tigers earn points with two first-place finishes in both the long jump and triple jump. Austin marked 5.49 meters for the long jump and marked 11.23 meters for the triple jump.

“We had a really good meet,” Erricker said. “It’s definitely an improvement of where we were last week.”

The Tigers will compete next at the Lafayette/Rider Invitational on Feb. 14 in New York. The meet is scheduled to start at 3 p.m. from the New York Armory.

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