Clarion Track & Field: Golden Eagles Open Outdoor Year at WVU

Joanne Bauer

Joanne Bauer

Published March 24, 2024 12:20 am
Last Updated: March 24, 2024 5:43 pm
Clarion Track & Field: Golden Eagles Open Outdoor Year at WVU

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The Golden Eagle track & field team opened up their outdoor season this weekend, kicking things off at the Stan Romanoski Open hosted by West Virginia.

Two Golden Eagles hit Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) qualifying marks on Saturday as the team eased into their spring schedule.

Senior Shelly Jones ensured she would make one more trip to the outdoor conference championships, placing second overall and first among non-Division I competition in the Shot Put. The Monroeville native sent the shot a distance of 12.45m, placing behind only Duquesne’s Madelyn Moretti in the field of 64 throwers.

Jones went on to place 11th in the field in the Discus, tossing the implement 33.41m.

Elsewhere in the field, Leah Perry placed 15th in the Long Jump with a mark of 4.54m.

Emily Pleslusky finished seventh in the Pole Vault, clearing the bar at 2.90m.

Autumn Pettinato reached the finals of the Javelin, placing ninth with a mark just shy of 33 meters.

On the track, Mackenzie Carver – the reigning PSAC indoor 800m champion – took the first small step toward adding another conference championship to her mantle, hitting a conference qualifying mark in the outdoor 800m. Carver crossed the finish line in a time of 2:21.70, placing her fifth among non-Division I competition and 11th overall at the Open.

Cheyenne Mehl finished not far behind her, logging a time of 2:24.39 for 15th.

Elsewhere on the track, Leah Perry had a competitive showing in the 100H, placing ninth in the field with a time of 16.27. That was the best individual finish of the day for any Golden Eagle track athlete.

Nicole Carroll took 12th in the 400m with a 1:02.90, while in the distance events, Allison Farson took 11th in the 5000m with a time of 19:34.17.

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