Five Crimson Hawks set personal records at Kaiser Classic

Two weeks after posting 14 career-best performances, the Indiana University of Pennsylvania track and field team added five personal bests at Shippensburg’s Paul Kaiser Classic.

Competing in their final meet before the 2014 Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Championships, the Crimson Hawks also had several conference qualifying times.

Hurdler Lizzy C u n n i n g h a m (sophomore, health and human services), who finished 10th among 400-meter hurdle competitors at Bucknell’s Bison Outdoor Classic earlier this season, ran the 400-meter dash in 1:00.26. With her time, a PSAC qualifier, she was one of the two athletes on the women’s team who set personal records.

Brooke Smay (freshman, safety science) joined Cunningham near the top of the stat sheet with an 11.47-meter triple jump, which was the second best mark in the Classic. Smay’s jump also earned the women’s team a conference qualifying performance.

In addition to Cunningham and Smay, Marina Wareham (sophomore, nutrition), Jackie Beisel (senior, biochemistry) and Katie Koenig (senior, exercise science) had PSAC-qualifying performances.

The former two competed in the 800-meter run, with Wareham finishing in 2:16.84 and Beisel coming in at 2:20.21. Meanwhile, Koenig placed third in the 1,500-meter distance run, posting a time of 4:49.83.

Two weeks ago, Wareham posted a season-best time of 2:15.85 in the 800.

Jeremy Claypoole (sophomore, athletic training) had a pair of personal best performances for the men’s team. His long jump of 6.77 meters was followed up with a triple jump of 14.37 meters, which was the third best in that event during the competition.

Joe Lynch (junior, athletic training) set his own personal record in the 800 with a 1:53.04 time. He was accompanied by fellow PSAC qualifier Troy Zangaro (junior, marketing), who finished the 200-meter dash in 22.63 seconds.

In the Bison Outdoor Classic, Lynch had one of six qualifying men times with a 1:53.33 performance in the 800.

Among other notable performers by the IUP teams at Shippensburg were Krista Matsko (senior, exercise science) and Christina Roberson (sophomore, pre-physical therapy), who paired with Cunningham and Wareham for a 3:55.64 time in the 4×400-meter relay.

After their appearance in the Paul Kaiser Classic, the IUP men and women’s track and field teams will return to Shippensburg for the PSAC Championships, which are scheduled to kick off Thursday and run through Saturday.

Following the PSAC Championships, there is a Gator Invitational in Meadville May 9. The 2014 NCAA Outdoor Championships then get underway in Allendale, Mich., on May 22.