|Polk Breaks Two Records at Colonial Relays|
Moon Township, Pa. - The Robert Morris University women's track & field squad continued its 2012 outdoor season this past weekend by finishing 18th out of 27 schools at the Colonial Relays, which were hosted by Williams & Mary University in Williamsburg, Va.
The Colonials finished with 22 points, ahead of Mount St. Mary's (16), Maryland (13) and Fairleigh Dickinson (1). Villanova won the team title at the Colonial Relays with 152 points.
RMU was led by freshman Marissa Polk (Pittsburgh, Pa. / Oakland Catholic), who established a new school record in 1,500-meter run with a time of 4:40.12. The mark broke the old record of 4:44.97 that was set by former Colonial Emily Ingle in 2009.
Polk was also part of a 4x1,500-meter relay squad that established a new school record with a time of 19:59.81. Joining Polk on the team were senior Debra Ostrander (Denton, Md. / North Caroline), sophomore Lindsay Erath (Aliquippa, Pa. / Hopewell) and freshman Brianna Iannarelli (McDonald, Pa. / Canon-McMillon).
The 4x1,500-meter relay was one of two relay records to fall for Robert Morris at the Colonial Relays, as RMU also established new mark in the 4x200-meter relay.
The squad of senior Hillary Monger (Reading, Pa. / Bath), juniors Justene Delman (Bellaire, Ohio / Saint John's Central) and Sarah Lueck (Monrovia, Md. / Urbana) and freshman Tara Van Schie (Haarlem, Netherlands / Driehuis NH) posted a time of 1:44.60, breaking a mark of 1:45.33 that stood for almost 10 years and was originally set at the 2003 Penn Relays.
Monger also earned bronze in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 14.61 seconds, trailing only Latoya James of Delaware (14.12) and Emerald Walden of Villanova (14.29), while finishing fourth in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 1:03.16.
In the pole vault, junior Casey Folga (Erie, Pa. / Harborcreek) finished third in the unseeded portion of the event with a tally of 3.35 meters (10'11.75"), while senior Lakeshia McCloud (Bath, N.Y. / Haverling) earned fourth in the long jump thanks to a leap of 5.64 meters (18'6").
Freshman Aubree Ray (Middletown, Pa. / Middletown Area) earned fourth in the discus thanks to a mark of 43.65 meters (143'02"), better than her season-opening throw of 43.01 meters at the Wake Forest Open (3/17/12) that originally qualified her for the IC4A/ECAC Championships.
RMU returns to action with its lone home meet of the 2012 season with the Bennie Benson Memorial Invitational Saturday, April 14, at the RMU Island Sports Center on Neville Island.