Leahey Sets Little Three Pole Vault Record, Devils Win Title
By Dennis Young
(Carlisle, Pa.) - The Dickinson College women's track and field team won its first Little Three Championship since 2009 on Saturday in rainy conditions at Biddle Field. They posted a score of 148 points to edge out rivals Franklin & Marshall (127) and Gettysburg (104).
Junior Vivian Butali (Silver Spring, Md./National Cathedral) had the most impressive day of any Dickinson athlete. She won the 100 meters in 13.57 seconds, the triple jump at 10.05m and ran a leg on the second-place 4x100 meter relay.
Senior captain Hannah Leahey (Mercer Island, Wash./Mercer Island) won the pole vault and set a meet and stadium record in the process with her mark of 3.20 meters. She also made her season track debut in the 4x100 meters.
In the 1500, sophomore Emily Miller (Lenhartsville, Pa./Kutztown) did not win, but acquitted herself extremely well against F&M's multiple-time All-American, Sheena Crawley. Crawley's 1500 PR is 15 seconds faster than Miller's, but Miller finished in second place by less than a second.
Also in the distances senior Catherine Campbell (Carlisle, Pa./Trinity) coasted to victory in the 5000 meters in a time of 18:21.55. But the big story of the 5k was in second place, as sophomore Taylor Ludman (Willow Street, Pa./Solanco) marked her return from a serious injury to a nerve in her foot. Ludman was the conference and regional champion in cross country.
Other Red Devil event champions included sophomore Emily Knight (Lewisburg, Pa./Lewisburg) at 12:19.11 in the steeplechase, first-year Rebecca Shenton (Concord, Mass./Concord-Carlisle Regional) at 10.35 meters in the shot put and first-year Stacey Adamcik (Lawrenceville, N.J./Lawrenceville) at 69.48 in the 400 meter hurdles, and the 4x800 meter relay.
The Dickinson women return to competition next week on Saturday, March 31 at the Jim Taylor Invite at Susquehanna University.