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Vickers, relay team qualify for ECACs

13 April 2014 By Kati Day, Staff Writer No Comments

It was a day of personal bests for Towson after competing at the Delaware Open on Saturday.

The team qualified in two events for the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference Championship Meet, held May 16-18. The Tigers have qualified for a total of four events for the meet.

“It was a beautiful day, and it was fun to be able to compete in some really nice weather,” Head Coach Roger Erricker said. “That was definitely a plus for us.”

The team took home five first-place finishes this weekend falling short of Delaware’s 14.

“They had all hands on deck,” Erricker said of the Blue Hens. “In the events we did win, we did quite well.”

Record breaking sophomore Maggie Rampolla placed first in the high jump, just ahead of freshman Brynn Warrington who took second. The high jumpers both jumped 11 feet, 7.75 inches, however Rampolla had a default win due to fewer misses.

The height marked Warrington’s best in her collegiate career, and earned her the number three spot on Towson’s all time best on Top-10 list.

Sophomore high jumper Emerald Vickers beat two Delaware competitors for first place in the event. The junior jumped 5’7,” just four inches higher than senior Evan Campbell who took fourth.

Vickers’ jump qualified her for the ECAC Championship Meet this spring, hosted in Princeton, N.J.

“All in all, it was a good day,” Erricker said.

Vickers was not the only one who qualified for the championships this weekend.

The 4×400 relay team, including freshman Megan Kelly, sophomore Kaitlyn Davis, freshman Sarah Robbie and senior Leslie Miles, took first in the race with a time of 3:51.37, qualifying them for the ECAC Championship Meet as well.

Freshman Zanae Freeland had a strong outing as well, as she placed first in the 100-meter dash with a time of 12.39 seconds, followed by Davis who took third with 12.50 seconds.

“Where we are now, I’m actually quite pleased,” Erricker said. “We’re just looking down the road at the Conference Championship. That’s where we want to compete our best.”

The Tigers will compete at the Bucknell Team Challenge in Lewisburg, Pa. on Saturday, April 19.

The meet is scheduled to start at 11 a.m.

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