Chambers has strong showing, qualifies for PSAC in mile run

The Clarion women’s track and field team traveled to Ohio to compete in the Mount Union Wuske Invitational on Saturday.

The Golden Eagles top performer was senior Katie Chambers.

Chambers qualified for the PSAC championships in the mile event with a time of 5: 23.22.

That time was good enough for a sixth place finish.

Chambers also finished third in the 1,000 meter run with a time of 3:13.74.

Chambers credits her performance to less intense practices that the team had the week up to the competition.

“For the first half of the season we focus on getting stronger faster and building endurance. After a while, these types of workouts will really take a toll on your body. Last week, our coaches had us doing more easy runs to give our legs a rest. I think this was the biggest factor in my performance, competing with fresher legs,” Chambers said.

Chambers, who also qualified for the 800-meter earlier in the season, saw qualifying for the mile as a bonus for this season.

“I didn’t expect to qualify in the mile because that is not my specialty. I am beyond excited and proud to have qualified for both events,” Chambers said.

The 4×200 team that is made up of sophomores Tatiana Cloud, Courtney Corban, Jessica Shomo and senior Anna Pfingstler finished third in their event with a time of 1:49.80.

Cloud also placed sixth in the 60-meter hurdles and the long jump.

Sophomore Jessica Hamrick broke her own school record that she set in January in the pole vault event.

Hamrick recorded her new school record of 10-feet, 6 ¼ inches and finished in third place in the event.

Junior Kristen Belko continued her strong showing in 2015 with a fourth place finish in the 60-meter and also tied for fourth in the high jump.

Clarion had four other top ten finishes coming from freshmen Elizabeth Gourley and Jordan Collins, sophomore Danielle Vensel and senior Susan Timko.

Gourley finished ninth in the pole vault and Collins finished ninth in the long jump.

Collins also put together a 12th place finish in the triple jump.

Vensel took seventh in theh 5,000-meter run while Timko finished in eighth.

Five other Golden Eagles placed in the top fifteen of their respective events.

The women’s track and field team is next in action on Feb. 21 when they travel to the Kent State Last Chance Meet.

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