. - The University of Dayton women’s track and field team finished fourth in the 2012 Atlantic 10 Outdoor Track and Field Championships, with a score of 104.30. Second through fourth place were decided by less than four points this year.
“I was really happy with the performances this weekend from the ladies. We had a number of personal records and season bests, as well as a few school records broken,” said University of Dayton head coach Jason Francis. “It was a hard-fought meet that came down to the last event to determine second through fourth place.
For those athletes that are continuing on after this weekend, we are looking forward to building off this meet to get them into the NCAA Preliminary Round in a few weeks.”
Hanna Krizmanic earned a win in the pole vault. Krizmanic had a mark of 12-02.00 setting a new personal record. Ashley DeMange also had a jump of 12-02.00, earning second place after going head-to-head against Krizmanic in misses. Katrina Steinhauser tied for fourth with a mark of 11-02.25. Krizmanic and DeMange’s marks rank third all-time in UD pole vault history.
Aly Weeman finished second in the hammer throw. Weeman threw 179-0, just four inches shy of her PR mark. Renee Otte was sixth with a throw of 156-00. Samm Hortsman placed eighth with a distance of 147-03.
Dayton’s 2012 Team MVP Elissa Mason picked up valuable points in the 10,000 meter run. Mason had a PR time of 35:36.43 taking second in the 10K. Sarah Reynolds was 12th with a time of 37:53.88, also setting a new personal record. Colleen Grassley had a PR time of 38:05.92.
UD’s 4x100 relay team of Maya Pedersen, Rachel Weber, Noelle Tazioli and Cassie Grandstaff came in fifth with a time of 47.01 shattering the school record time posted last season at the A-10 Championships.
In the 4x400, Maya Pedersen Kassy Thomas, Mariah Curtis and Rachel Weber also finished fifth. The 4x400 team had a time of 3:46.17 snapping the previous 4x400 record set in 2009.
Maddi Schmidt had a fifth-place finish in the triple jump. Schmidt’s jump of 38-05.50 extends her previous school record mark by nearly a foot.
Hilary Lang had a third place finish in the heptathlon. Lang broke the school’s heptathlon record with a score of 4,532. Erin Baldinger set a new personal record with a score of 4,309 as did Katy Garcia with a score of 4,286.
Lizzie Gleason placed fourth in the 3,000 meter steeplechase. Gleason had a time of 10:39.85 snapping UD’s steeplechase record. Lindsey Cummings was mere steps behind Gleason with a time of 10:40.90, ranking second all-time at Dayton. Marisa Slomski was 10th with a time of 11:03.19. Slomski’s time ranks third at UD.
Juliana Lawniczak, Katy Garcia and Ellie Grandi each took a share of seventh place in the high jump with a mark of 5-02.25.
Lang placed fifth in the long jump with a distance of 18-07.00. Maddi Schmidt had a distance of 17-04.00.
Noelle Tazioli qualified for the finals of the 100 meter dash with a PR time of 12.03. She finished eighth in the finals on Saturday with a time of 12.36. In the 200 meters, Tazioli took third in prelims with a PR time of 24.44 also qualifying for the finals. She was fifth in the finals with a time of 24.65. Cassie Grandstaff was 12th in the 200 meter prelims with a time of 25.42.
Baldinger had an eight place finish in the javelin. Baldinger had a distance of 108-06 setting a new personal record. Renee Otte had a distance of 101-03.00. Julie Kolodziej had a mark of 88-02.
In the 400 meters Rachel Weber qualified for the finals with a time of 55.88. Maya Pedersen also qualified with a PR time of 56.80. Weber finished third in the finals, running in 55.00 for a new personal record. Pedersen was ninth with a time of 56.96.
Maddi Schmidt qualified for the 100 meter hurdles with a time of 14.72 on Saturday. Rabecca Maj also qualified with a time of 14.96. Schmidt shattered her personal record with a time of 14.69 in the finals on Saturday for a seventh place finish. Maj also set a new PR with a finals time of 14.80.
Lizzie Gleason placed 12th in the 1,500 meter run on Saturday. Gleason had a time of 4:37.19 setting a new personal record. Nicole Cargill had a time of 4:38.21 also setting a new PR. Kelly Johnston had a time of 4:46.63.
Elissa Mason was fourth in the 5,000 meter run. Mason had a time of 16:58.97, setting a new personal record and improving to fourth all-time at UD. Lindsey Cummings had a time of 17:47.96 which was a season best for Cummings. Kate Ollier checked in with a time of 17:48.90.
Christine Borchers placed fifth in the discus. Borchers had a throw of 145-06. She placed 11th in the shot put. Borchers had a mark of 42-02.00.
Renee Otte had a distance of 128-04 in the discus and Aly Weeman had a distance of 124-04.
Mariah Curtis had a time of 1:05.15 in the 400 meter hurdles. Curtis’ time is third at UD. Kassy Thomas had a time of 2:17.18 in the 800 meter run. Dayton placed eighth in the 4x800 meter relay with a time of 9:14.95.
A select number of Flyers will compete in next weekend’s Cardinal Classic in Louisville, Ky. in attempts to qualify for the NCAA Preliminary Rounds in Jacksonville, Fla. at the end of the month.