|Four Colonials Earn Gold at James Madison|
Harrisonburg, Va. - A total of four student-athletes from the Robert Morris University women's track & field team claimed individual championships Saturday as the Colonials continued their 2012 outdoor campaign at the James Madison Invitational.
In the track events, senior Hillary Monger (Reading, Pa. / Holy Name) won the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 1:04.21, while freshman Melissa Luther (Ebensburg, Pa. / Central Cambria) finished third in the same event by crossing the finish line in 1:11.24.
In the 3,000-meter steeplechase, the Colonials took the top two spots, as freshman Alexandra Zielinski (Buffalo, N.Y. / West Seneca East) won the event thanks to a time of 11:55.13, while senior Debra Ostrander (Denton, Md. / North Caroline) earned silver at 12:02.59.
In the field events, freshman Bethany Ledford (Huntingdon, Pa. / Huntingdon) claimed the individual title in the pole vault thanks to a leap of 3.45 meters (11'3.75"), a mark that ranks second so far in the Northeast Conference and trailing only junior teammate Casey Folga (Erie, Pa. / Harborcreek).
Folga tied for second in the pole vault at JMU thanks to a final tally of 3.30 meters (10'10"), while junior Sarah Lueck (Monrovia, Md. / Urbana) finished fourth with a leap of 3.15 meters (10'4").
Also earning gold at the JMU Invite was sophomore Rachael Kotula (East Berlin, Pa. / Bermudian Springs), who posted a toss of 40.23 meters (132'0") in the javelin to outlast Amanda Denger of the host Dukes.
Kotula also posted the top mark for Robert Morris in the hammer throw thanks to a toss of 40.15 meters (131'9"), which was good enough to finish fifth.
Monger and Lueck, meanwhile, were also part of RMU's 4x100-meter relay squad that finished first with a time of 48.71 seconds. It's the top time for the squad so far this season, with freshman Tara Van Schie (Haarlem, Netherlands / Driehuis NH) and junior Justene Delman (Bellaire, Ohio / Saint John's Central) rounding out the relay team.
Van Schie also posted RMU's best times of the 2012 outdoor campaign in both the 100-meter and 200-meter dashes. She finished fifth in the 100-meter thanks to a time of 12.39 seconds and eighth in the 200-meter by crossing the finish line in 25.58.
The Colonials return to action Saturday, April 28, by taking part in the Saint Francis (Pa.) Invitational in Loretto, Pa., their final tuneup for the 2012 NEC Outdoor Track & Field Championships Saturday, May 5, and Sunday, May 6 in Emmitsburg, Md.