Women’s track and field team places second in Gettysburg

Anthony Jadus
Staff Writer

The Lady Marauders showed incredible effort at the Mason-Dixon Invitational, taking second.
The Lady Marauders showed incredible effort at the Mason-Dixon Invitational, taking second.

This past Saturday, Millersville’s track and field team traveled to Gettysburg where they participated in the Mason-Dixon Invitational. In regards to the “field” aspect, freshman Vanessa Hower placed first in the discus event, with her throw of 35.64 meters. This was spectacular, as this throw was her best of the season.
Staying on the field side, in the hammer throw event, sophomore Ann Kovacs placed first with her toss of 45.89 meters, but the Marauders were not satisfied with simply grabbing the top spot in this event. Millersville took not only first place, but also second, third, and fourth places with Kelli Farris securing second with a distance of 45.28, Vanessa Hower taking third with a distance of 42.64, and Nicole Sokira finishing fourth with a distance of 41.59. To make all of this even better, all four of these distances were good enough to qualify for PSACs.
Shifting gears again, and this time it’s over to the track aspect. Freshman Kayla Naughton placed first in both the 100 and 200-meter dashes, and she really showed not only her talent, but also her leadership, as these wins were key. She ran her 100-meter dash in 13.17 seconds, and her 200-meter in 26.90. Fellow teammate Erin Madison placed second in the 200-meter dash with her time of 27.42, and other teammate Megan Meyer placed fourth in this event with her time of 27.62.
Over to the hurdles event, and Madison killed this one, as she placed first in the 100-meter, with her PSAC qualifying time of 15.55.
Kayle Naughton, Erin Madison, Erin Mason, and Kiara Allen placed first in the 4×100-meter relay as they ran a time of 50.04. This time blew their opponents out of the water, as the second place team lost by more than two seconds.
Last, but certainly not least, freshman Elizabeth Reese ran a solid time of 12:24.19 in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, which was a PSAC qualifying time.
Overall, Millersville finished the meet with 117 points, which just barely put them behind Gettysburg who finished with 120 points. Millersville placed second, and it was a very good day for the Marauders as they saw what they could have improved upon, and they also saw a lot of really good performances. They look to continue their streak of good performances in the Penn Relays next Thursday and Friday, April 25-26th in Philadelphia, PA.