Thursday, January 11, 2018

PREVIEW: Huskies Women's Indoor Track And Field Heads To Kutztown Friday Night

Women's Track and Field

KUTZTOWN, Pa. - The Bloomsburg University women's indoor track and field team returns to action for the first time since December 8 when it heads to Kutztown University to compete in the Golden Bear Invitational. Action is scheduled to get underway from the O'Pake Fieldhouse at 5:00 p.m. with the women's pole vault, men's long jump, and men's weight throw. Track events start at 5:30 p.m. with the 3000-meter run.

Bloomsburg competed at the Houghton College December Classic on Friday night, December 8. The Huskies started off in the 60-meter hurdles, with Molly Hanna (Newton, N.J./Kittatinny Regional) finishing fifth in the second prelim heat (10.49). Fellow freshman Autumn Kaminski (Mountain Top, Pa./Holy Redeemer)finished second in the third heat in 9.66 seconds, officially qualifying for the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Championships. Kaminski finished sixth overall, while Hanna finished 17th. Kaminski reached the final heat where she finished fourth with a time of 9.55 seconds.

The next event for Bloomsburg was the 60-meter dash, in which Kathleen Stevenson (Lansdale, Pa./North Penn) finished second in her preliminary heat at 8.26 seconds. Another freshman in Jessica Brenfleck (Lansdale, Pa./North Penn) finished second in her preliminary heat in 8.28 seconds. Overall, Stevenson finished eighth and Brenfleck finished 11th. Stevenson finished eighth in the final heat with a time of 8.25 seconds.

Hannah Boudreau (Hampstead, Md./North Carroll) made her first appearance of the night by qualifying for the PSAC Championships in the mile, finishing in 5:20. Her time was the top overall time of both sections. Carli Dedics (Drums, Pa./Hazleton Area) qualified for the PSAC Championships by winning the 400 meter dash with a time of 1:01.6, while Natalia Konitzer(Orangeville, Pa./Marian Catholic) finished fourth in 1:04.25. Emilee Borchert (Bloomsburg, Pa./Bloomsburg) also finished eighth in 1:08.21. Boudreau would notch another strong finish in the 800-meter run, finishing second in 2:27.70. McKayla Lally(Pine Grove, Pa./Pine Grove Area) also ran the 800-meter, finishing sixth in her heat in 2:31.13.

In the 300-meter dash, four Huskies placed in the final heat. Senior Sarah Gottschalk (Lancaster, Pa./Manheim Township)placed fourth in 43.41 while Alaina Pearson (Coal Township, Pa./Shamokin Area) finished ninth in 44.31. Amanda Aulenbach(Fleetwood, Pa./Oley Valley) finished 14th in 45.55, while Hanna finished 28th in 48.83 seconds. In the 200-meter dash, Laura Edwards (Winfield, Pa./Lewisburg Area) finished 10th in 28.94 seconds. Samantha Strype (Copiague, N.Y./Massapequa) finished second in the 3,000-meter run in 11:15.51, while Madison Mimnaugh (Wilkes-Barre, Pa./Pittston Area) finished ninth in 11:43.26.

The Huskies finished third in the 4x200-meter relay, with the team of Brenfleck, Stevenson, Edwards and Dedics finishing in 1:49.54. The team of Autumn Avery (Hughesville, Pa./Hughesville), Gottschalk, Lally and Kirsten O'Malley (Montoursville, Pa./Montoursville Area) won the 4x400-meter relay in 4:08.38.

In the field events, Amanda Simone (Philadelphia, Pa./Archbishop Ryan) qualified for the PSAC Championships by winning the high jump with a mark of 1.61 meters. Konitzer finished ninth in the event at 1.38 meters. In the 20-lb weight throw, senior Hannah Masenheimer (New Tripoli, Pa./Northwestern Lehigh) qualified for the PSAC Championships by finishing second with a mark of 13.55 meters. Dana Sheply (Maple Shade, N.J./Maple Shade)also finished 14th with a mark of 10.65 meters. Sheply would also finish 14th in the shot put at 9.23 meters. O'Malley would win the long jump and qualify for the PSAC Championships with a distance of 5.71 meters. Stevenson also finished seventh with a mark of 5.20 meters. O'Malley's jump of 12.06 meters was an NCAA provisional mark and the fourth-best jump in the country this season. Aulenbach finished 21st (4.50 meters) while Burd finished 23rd (4.40 meters).

The Huskies would sweep the top three distances on the triple jump, with all three notching qualifications for the PSAC Championships. O'Malley led with a distance of 12.06 meters, while Simone was second at 11.15 meters. Chelsea Vaughn ()notched a mark of 10.45 meters.

The Huskies will compete again on Friday, January 19 and Saturday, January 20 when they take part in the Keydet Invitational hosted by Virginia Military Institute.

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