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Towson finishes sixth at CAA meet

4 May 2014 By Kati Day, Staff Writer No Comments

The Tigers wrapped up their outdoor season this weekend at James Madison after competing in the Colonial Athletic Association championship meet. The team finished sixth with 87 points, in a field of seven teams. Delaware took first place with 158 points, ahead of Northeastern and William & Mary, who tied for second with 138 points.

“It was a very exciting meet,” Head Coach Roger Erricker said. “And we’re so pleased with the progress the team has made since last year.”

Sophomore Maggie Rampolla finished her record-breaking season in the pole vault on a positive note. Rampolla jumped 11 feet 7.75 inches to place second in the event, behind first-place Jacilyn Briggs of Northeastern who cleared a height of 12’ 1.5.”

Long distance runner Elizabeth Tauber finished third in the 10,000-meter run. The junior finished in 36:40.59, one minute faster than the qualifying time for Eastern College Athletic Conference meet, and earned a spot in the race next week.

The Tigers relay teams took third in their respective events. Seniors Evan Campbell and Leslie Miles, along with sophomore Kaitlyn Davis and freshman Sarah Robbie finished the 4×400 only .68 seconds behind second-place Delaware and one second behind first-place UNC Wilmington. Their time of 3:46.98 was fast enough to qualify them for the ECAC meet.

Campbell and Davis, as well as sophomore Kelsey Fiddes and freshman Zanae Freeland finished the 4×100 meter relay with a time of 46.95. The group tied the school record and qualified for the upcoming ECAC meet, which requires a finishing time of 47.94 seconds.

“The sprinters were definitely a highlight of the meet,” Erricker said. “They did especially well this weekend.”

Freeland also qualified for the ECAC meet in the 100-meter dash during the preliminary race on Friday. The freshman finished fourth in the final race on Saturday, with a time of 12.05 seconds, just behind Fiddes who took second in the final race. Fiddes’s final race marked the second best in school history with a time of 11.95 seconds.

Davis was also able to qualify for the ECAC meet during the final race of the 200-meter dash. The sprinter beat her preliminary race time by .20 seconds with a final time of 24.69 seconds, placing third in the event.

Erricker said he anticipates more success with the freshman and sophomore classes.

“It was surprising to see how well some of them did since last year,” Erricker said.

A select group of Tigers will compete in the ECAC meet May 16-18 in Princeton, N.J.

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