Women’s track and field places first at conference invitational

The women’s track and field team captured the team championship at the 2013 Commonwealth Coast Conference Invitational while garnering 10 first-place finishes.

Tara Ruddy ’14 placed first in both the 100-meter and 200-meter races. Taking second, third and fourth, respectively, in the 100-meter race were Erin McCarthy ’16, Kelsey Knight ’15 and Pansela Schaetzle ’16. Taylor Donaldson ’16 also scored a point in the 200-meter race.

Donaldson was second overall the 400 meters, while Shannon Holden ’16 picked up two points in the 800-meter competition.

In the longer distance events, Kayley Ryan ’14 contributed four points in the 1,500 meter run, while Aubrey Palmquist ’16 and Jackie Ofria ’16 had a solid five- and three-point effort, respectively, in the 5,000 meter run. Palmquist finished first (by more than a minute) in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, and established new school records in both her events.

The Seahawks were first, third, fourth and fifth in the 100-meter hurdles. In order, Knight, Emily Enoch ’16, Elizabeth Donahue ’13 and Peggy Greeno ’16 carried Salve Regina in the quickest hurdle event. Chrissy Fraga ’16 won the 400-meter hurdles and was followed closely by her classmate Lea Cure ’16.

The record-setting relay team of Fraga, McCarthy, Knight and Ruddy bested their previous mark, and Saturday’s competition, with a 51.26 in the 4×100 meter relay. The group had broken a 28-year-old school record just last week. In the 4×400 meter relay, the team of Cure, Fraga, Donaldson and Ryan took first place with a time of 4:32.39.

In the high jump, Rylee Candon ’16 and Cure scored four and three points, respectively. Kaitlin Goy ’16 had the day’s best pole vault (2.44 meters), while Alexa Bracco ’14 completed the next best (2.29 meters).

Candon, McCarthy and Donaldson were second, third and fourth, respectively, in the long jump. Fraga had the only triple jump to surpass 10 meters (10.06) while Candon and McCarthy contributed for a 13-point effort in that event.

In the throwing events, Rebecca Longvall ’15 outdistanced her competition in the javelin with a 35.85-meter throw. Schaetzle picked up four more points with her throw of 27.97 meters. Christine Bradshaw ’16 scored points in two of her events, the shot put and the discus throw. Her mark of 8.26 meters in the shot put was good for third place, while she and Shannon Nunez ’16 combined for seven points in the discuss throw with respective launches of 24.20 and 24.19 meters.


  1. john rok says:

    What a fantastic group/team of women student-athletes! Salve is fortunate to have such a group of dedicated and talented students representing the university. Enjoy your accomplishment – it will means a lot this month – and will mean even more as time goes on. Thanks for all your (sometimes invisible) efforts. John Rok FAR (and fan)

  2. mea simanski says:

    Congratulations to the SRU Women’s Track & Field team! Your work ethic, commitment, and team work have brought pride to each of you and to our wonderful university. This honor is an amazing accomplishment! You inspire every student to bring their best talents forward!

  3. Trisha Knight says:

    Congratulations SRU Track Team! It has been so nice to watch you all do so well and bond so nicely. Salve Regina is lucky to have such amazing girls represent them! Enjoy this today and cherish these memories forever!

    Trisha Knight

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