Devils Post Season Best Performances at Widener, Gettysburg
By Dennis Young
The Dickinson College women's track and field team set a number of personal and season bests Saturday at the Mason-Dixon Invitational, hosted by conference rival Gettysburg College.
Classmates Ellie Mackintosh (Dallas, Texas/Highland Park) and Hannah Leahey (Mercer Island, Wash./Mercer Island) tied for first in the pole vault at 3.36m (11'-0.25"). That marked a one centimeter PR for Leahey, and her first time over 11 feet. The duo currently ranks first and second in the Centennial Conference, and both are in the top 45 in Division III.
Mackintosh grabbed two more top five finishes Saturday, in the long and triple jumps. She was fourth in the triple jump at 10.16m (33'-4") and fifth in the long with a leap of 4.83m (15'-10.25"). The latter mark is a season best for her, and ranks seventh in the conference.
Usually a hurdler, first-year Stacey Adamcik (Lawrenceville, N.J./Lawrenceville) successfully dabbled in the flat 400 meters. She placed fourth overall in a time of 62.78 seconds, which is a personal best.
In the discus, first-year Gillian Ferko (Palmerton, Pa./Marian Catholic) took third, launching the two pound-three ounce disc, 32.25m (105'-10").
The other Dickinson first-year to finish in the top three in her event was Sarah Rutkowski (Swarthmore, Pa./Strath Haven). She finished second in the mile with a PR of 5:25.11; that is slightly faster than her converted season best in the 1500.
Finally, first-years Willa Davis (Grass Valley, Ca./Bear River) and Kathleen Lyons (Voorhees, N.J./Eastern Regional) competed in a staggering seven events on Saturday. While both are heptathletes, the most events one has to do in a single day of a heptathlon is four.
Davis competed in the javelin, high jump, long jump, shot put, 100 hurdles, 400, and 4x400 relay, setting personal bests in the javelin, shot put, and hurdles. Lyons did the 200, 800, long jump, high jump, javelin, shot put, and 100 hurdles, setting PRs of her own in the hurdles, 200, and high jump.
On Friday night, sophomores Taylor Ludman (Willow Street, Pa./Solanco) and Emily Miller (Lenhartsville, Pa./Kutztown) took two of the top three places in the 5000 meters at Widener University. In a race filled with conference competitors from Haverford and Johns Hopkins, Ludman won in 18:11.14, while Miller was third in 18:55.47.
The Red Devils have their last meets before the conference championships next Thursday through Saturday. A number of athletes will compete at the Penn Relays in Philadelphia on Thursday and Friday, while the rest of the squad heads to Shippensburg on Saturday, April 28.