Wed. Jan 19th, 2022

The West Chester University track and field teams completed their regular season on Friday, hosting and competing in the WCU Last Chance Meet at Farrell Stadium.
 LaQuan Chapman was the team’s top performer, taking two field events. He won the men’s long jump with 21 feet, 0.75 inches, and he also took top honors in the triple jump, leaping 43 feet, 7.25 inches. Dillon Warner won the javelin with a distance of 173-10, while Tyler Espey was right behind him in second with a distance of 170-10.
 In the track events, Ryan Karli took second place in the men’s 110-meter high hurdles in 15.70 seconds and he won the 400m hurdles in 55.70 seconds. Anthony Jackson won the 100-meter dash in 11.63 seconds. Jared Queen took third in that event, in 11.76 seconds, and fourth in the 400m hurdles.
The women performed solidly as well, especially in the track events. Nicole Smith took second in the 400m dash (58.36) while Sam Smarkola finished in fourth (1:00.28). Mel Ruff was the runner-up in the 100m dash (12.91) while Amira Warrick took fifth place (13.34) and Kristina Mason took seventh (13.58). Warrick also placed seventh in the 200m dash with a time of 27.40 seconds. Brigid Gallagher finished fifth in the 100-meter hurdles (16.45) and fourth in the 400-meter hurdles (1:09.55).
Earlier in the week, West Chester athletes competed in two events at the famous Penn Relays on Thursday afternoon but did not qualify for Saturday’s finals.
Kayla Owens earned a personal best in the shot put of 42 feet, 0.75 inches at the 118th edition of the competition at Franklin Field in Philadelphia. WCU’s 4x400m relay team also competed, finishing in 3:56.58.
This weekend will see some WCU athletes compete in the PSAC Outdoor Championships, which take place from Thursday to Saturday at Bloomsburg University.
Joey Samuel is a third-year student majoring in political science and Spanish. He can be reached at JS719745@wcupa.edu.

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