|RMU Dominates Bennie Benson Memorial Invite|
Moon Township, Pa. - The Robert Morris University women's outdoor track & field team continued its 2012 outdoor campaign Saturday afternoon by hosting the Bennie Benson Memorial Invitational at the RMU Island Sports Center on Neville Island.
A total of 10 different Colonials earned individual championships at the meet, including a pair from senior Hillary Monger (Reading, Pa. / Holy Name), who won both events in the hurdles.
Monger posted a time of 14.97 seconds in the 100-meter hurdles as well as a final tally of 1:05.32 in the 400-meter hurdles.
In the distance events, a pair of freshman succeeded for RMU, as Michelle Schiewe (Swidnica, Poland / Czestochowskia Second Liceurn) won the 1,500-meter with a time of 4:56.25, while Marissa Polk (Pittsburgh, Pa. / Oakland Catholic) earned gold in the 3,000-meter by crossing the finish line in 10:44.76.
In the jumps, junior Casey Folga (Erie, Pa. / Harborcreek) won the pole vault with a leap of 3.48 meters (11'5"), which stands as the top mark in the Northeast Conference so far this season, while sophomore Yulia Vasilyeva (Volgograd, Russia) tied a season high in the high jump with a mark of 1.70 meters (5'7").
Freshman Tara Van Schie (Haarlem, Netherlands / Driehus NH) also claimed an individual title in the jumps thanks to a leap of 5.39 meters (17'8.25") in the long jump, while sophomore Nikki Pardini (West Pittston, Pa. / Wyoming Area) won gold in the triple jump with a mark of 11.07 meters (36'4").
A trio of student-athletes from Robert Morris also proved victorious in the throws at the Bennie Benson Memorial Invite, as junior Megan Green (Bellaire, Ohio / Bellaire) won the shot put, freshman Aubree Ray (Middletown, Pa. / Middletown Area) won the discus and sophomore Rachel Kotula (East Berlin, Pa. / Bermudian Springs) finished first in the javelin.
Green posted a throw of 12.29 meters (40'4") in the shot put to finish first, Ray won the discus with a final tally of 41.46 meters (136'0") and Kotula posted a season-high mark of 41.25 meters (135'4") in the javelin to win the title.
Robert Morris returns to action Saturday, April 21, by taking part in the James Madison Scored Meet in Harrisonburg, Va.