Friday, December 8, 2017

Bloomsburg University Women's Indoor Track And Field Travels To Houghton Today

HOUGHTON, N.Y. - The Bloomsburg University women's indoor track and field team will head to Houghton College on Friday evening to take part in the Houghton December Classic. Action will get underway at 3:30 p.m. with field events beginning at 4:00 p.m. from the Kerr-Pegula Fieldhouse.

Senior Amanda Simone (Philadelphia, Pa./Archbishop Ryan) won both the high jump and the triple jump and junior Kirsten O'Malley(Montoursville, Pa./Montoursville Area) posted an NCAA provisional mark in the long jump as Bloomsburg opened up the 2017-18 season at the Bison Opener, hosted by Bucknell University, last Saturday. The Huskies finished the day with nine Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) qualifiers.

Simone, the reigning PSAC Outdoor Track and Field champion in the high jump, picked up where she left off last season as she captured the title in the high jump at Bucknell. Her best mark of 1.65 meters also qualified her for the PSAC indoor championships at the end of the indoor season. Simone then went on to win the title in the triple jump with a PSAC-qualifying mark of 10.96 meters.

Meanwhile, O'Malley, an NCAA participant in the long jump at last year's outdoor championships, finished second in the long jump on Saturday but got an NCAA provisional mark under her belt with a mark of 5.65 meters.

Also, in the field events, freshman Chelsea Vaughn () qualified for the conference meet in the high jump as she finished in a tie for fourth place with a best mark of 1.55 meters.

On the track, senior Carli Dedics (Drums, Pa./Hazleton Area) highlighted the Huskies' results. She finished fifth overall in the 60-meter dash with a time of 8.02 seconds and then placed fourth in the 200-meter dash by crossing the finish line in 26.55 seconds. Both marks qualified her for the PSAC championships. Dedics also teamed up with senior Sarah Gottschalk (Lancaster, Pa./Manheim Township), O'Malley, and freshman Autumn Avery (Hughesville, Pa./Hughesville) for a second-place finish in the 4x400-meter relay as they posted a time of 4:02.23 - less than two seconds behind Bucknell's "A" team.

Gottschalk qualified for the conference meet in the 400-meter dash as she finished fifth with a time of 1:01.13. Freshman Autumn Kaminski (Mountain Top, Pa./Holy Redeemer) finished fourth in the 60-meter hurdles with a PSAC-qualifying time of 9.58 seconds.

The Huskies will compete again on Friday, January 12, when they head to Kutztown University to participate in the Golden Bear Invitational.

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