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IUP track and field places in top 3 at Millersville Metrics competition

A week after posting 17 qualifying performances at the Raleigh Relays, Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s track and field teams placed in the top three at Saturday’s Millersville Metrics.

The men’s team finished in second place while the women finished in third as the Crimson Hawks produced 10 Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference qualifying times.

Jeremy Claypoole (sophomore, athletic training) led the second-place men’s team with a pair of qualifying events. He leapt a season-best 6.61 meters in the long jump and also posted a 14.22-meter distance in the triple jump, helping the men total 59 points on the day, second only to Shippensburg University.

Claypoole’s fellow long jumper, Trey North (sophomore, exercise science), was similarly a PSAC qualifier with a personal best mark of 6.64 meters. Michael Turner (sophomore, physics) rounded out the men’s qualifying performances in the field, who finished the shot put with a toss of 15.22 meters.

Troy Zangaro (junior, marketing), a qualifier in the 400-meter dash last week, ran the 200 in a season-best 22.22 seconds. Meanwhile, Alex Hampel (sophomore, biology) and Greg Beaudette (freshman, pre-physical therapy) qualified in distance running, finishing the 10,000-meter run with times of 32:11.30 and 32:26.00, respectively.

For the women, who tallied 52 points behind West Chester University and the event host Millersville University, Brooke Smay (freshman, safety science) was a qualifying athlete for the second time in as many weeks. A 5.23-meter long jump and 10.88-meter triple jump made up her headlining afternoon.

Additionally, the women’s team received qualifying contributions from Marina Wareham (freshman, nutrition), Samantha Thompson (senior, biology education) and Christina Roberson (sophomore, pre-physical therapy). Roberson’s 26.14-second time in the 200 was her best mark of the season, while Wareham and Thompson qualified in longer runs, the latter running a 4:53.88 in the 1,500-meter run and Wareham posting a 2:18.08 time in the 800.

Wareham’s time in the 800 was good enough to rank first in the PSAC, earning the women 10 points with the mark. Thompson’s 1,500 time was similarly first among the schools, while IUP’s Kristen Donaldson (senior, fashion merchandising) placed sixth among women in the 5,000-meter run.

The Crimson Hawks track and field teams will no longer compete in the canceled Ed Fry Invitational at George P. Miller Stadium, but the Crimson Hawks will resume their events on April 12 in Lewisburg. At the Bison Outdoor Classic Saturday, IUP is slated to compete in more than 40 events over the course of two days.

Following the Classic, IUP hits the road again for a three-day competition, the Penn Relays, in Philadelphia from April 24-26.

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