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Towson finishes third at Bucknell

23 April 2014 By Kati Day, Staff Writer No Comments
Junior distance runners Tauber and Simmons lead Tigers in 3000-meter event

Towson took third this weekend after earning 74.16 points at the Bucknell Team Challenge. The team posted impressive results, falling just behind second-place Bucknell with a total of 133 points, and first-place Penn State with 250 points.

“We had some really tough competition,” Head Coach Roger Erricker said. “Especially with a team like Penn State who took one, two and three in many events. But we treated it like a championship meet, and the girls really responded.”

Junior distance runners Elisabeth Tauber and Ashley Simmons earned 14 points in the 3000-meter run for the Tigers by claiming both second and third place, respectively. Tauber ran a time of 10 minutes, nine and a third seconds, with Simmons finishing seconds behind with a time of 10:13.05. Both times were personal bests.

The 4×400 meter relay runners took second in the event. Senior Maya Hinton, who recently returned from an injury, anchored the race and helped the team finish ahead of three Bucknell relay teams.

Joined by seniors Evan Campbell and Leslie Miles and freshman Amanda Famularo, the group finished the race with a time of 3:58.63.

“Maya stepped up and battled it out with a girl from Bucknell,” Erricker said. “She showed a lot of leadership this weekend. All of our seniors have.”

Junior jumper Emerald Vickers jumped 5 feet, 3 inches to take fourth in the high jump, just behind Penn State jumpers who claimed the first three finishes.

Sophomore pole-vaulter Maggie Rampolla tied for fourth in the event with a height of 11’ 5.75”. Rampolla was accepted to compete in the upcoming Penn Relays, which Erricker says is an honor.

“We had eight additions to our top 10 list,” he said, referring to freshman Sarah Robbie who finished the 800-meter run in 2:14.16. “A lot of it was from the freshmen and sophomores.”

Freshman hurdler Megan Kelly placed third in the 400-meter hurdles finishing in just 1:04.51. Kelly also finished fourth in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 15.23 seconds. Sophomore Katelynn Williams
took fifth in the event with 15.59 seconds.

The Tiger’s freshman runner Zanae Freeland took third in the 100-meter dash, with a time of 12.18 seconds.

Sophomore Kaitlyn Davis followed just behind, taking fifth with a time of 12.35 seconds.

The Tigers will continue to wrap up their outdoor season as they compete in the Penn Relays.

The meet will start this Thursday, at 10 a.m.

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