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Rampolla leads TU

23 March 2014 By Kati Day, Staff Writer No Comments

Coming off a strong season opener last weekend at Coastal Carolina, the outdoor track and field team continued its successful start at the VCU Ram Invitational in Richmond, Va.

Led by sophomore pole-vaulter Maggie Rampolla, the Tigers made their impression on the field.

Rampolla took first place in the pole vault with a height of 11 feet, 3.75 inches, earning 10 points for the Tigers.

“Maggie is having a great year,” Head Coach Roger Erricker said. “She just goes out here and does her thing.”

The 4×100 meter team, including senior Evan Campbell, freshman Zanae Freeland, and sophomores Kelsey Fiddes and Kaitlyn Davis, took third in the event with a time of 47.87 seconds, qualifying them for the Eastern College Athletic Conference at the end of the season.

“The freshman and sophomores are really coming through for us,” Erricker said. “The young athletes are really good this year.”

Many Tigers followed suit and posted in the top three spots for their event.

Senior Katie Salke took second in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 14.57 seconds. Teammate Kamilah Browne finished closely behind taking third in the event with a time of 14.88 seconds.

Junior Kara Bucaro finished second in the 1,500-meter run with an impressive time of 4:48.80. Freshman Jackie Lavitt also took second in the high jump with a height of five feet, five inches.

Freshman Paige DeMent placed third in both the hammer throw and the shot put, throwing 144 feet and 40 feet, 10.25 inches respectively.

The 4×400 meter team, including Davis and Fiddes, as well as senior Leslie Miles and freshman Megan Kelly, took fourth with a time of 3:53.43.

Erricker is pleased with the team’s start to the season.

“Because of the weather, we really haven’t had a lot of time to practice,” Erricker said. “We’re really going to have a great team.”

The Tigers will be back on their own track this week as they host the Towson Invitational this Saturday at Unitas Stadium at 10 a.m.

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