SU Women’s squad in third place
Zarria Williams wins long jump, SU Women’s squad sits in third place
Zarria Williams (Mount Laurel, N.J./Camden Catholic (Ohio Christian)) defended her conference title in the long jumpFridayto guide the Shippensburg University women’s outdoor track & field team on Day 2 of the 2021 Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Outdoor Championships being held at Seth Grove Stadium.
Shippensburg sits in third place with 33 points entering the final day of the meet; the Raiders benefitted from eight scoring performances. Williams’ first jump was the best of the competition – it was a NCAA-provisional qualifier of 19 feet, 7 inches that moves her to 15th place on the national performance list.
Rain, lightning affect games
After dodging significant rain for much of the day, a deluge erupted around 4 p.m., and a lightning delay of about an hour halted the proceedings. Williams was among those affected, as she and others returned to a saturated long jump runway after the weather delay to complete final attempts in the rain.
Kate Matrisciano (Whippany, N.J./Whippany Park (Sacred Heart)) and Madisen Kling (Red Lion, Pa./Red Lion) placed 3-4 in the discus. Matrisciano scored in the discus for the first time, as her All-PSAC throw of 139 feet, 9 inches was a huge PR of more than seven feet. Kling scored in the event for the second time; her top mark of 138 feet was good enough for fourth place.
All three Raider high jumpers scored points. Ariel Jones (Lebanon, Pa./Cedar Crest) finished fifth on a top clearance of 5 feet, 3 inches, while Norah Vallon (West Lawn, Pa./Wilson) and Sara Fletcher (Lexington Park, Md./Great Mills) tied for seventh by clearing 4 feet, 11 inches.
Kayla Brooks (Hanover, Pa./South Western) finished seventh in the heptathlon with a score of 3,723 points. Her 800-meter time of 2:43.64 helped secure the scoring performance. She beganFridaywith a top long jump of 16 feet. Carson Pennings finished 10th.
After the weather delay, Leah Moffitt (Coatesville, Pa./Coatesville Area) used an impressive close to finish sixth in the 3,000-meter steeplechase. Moffitt was in 11th place with three laps to go before reeling off closing 400-meter laps of 1:34.8, 1:35.3 and 1:28.24 to climb five spots in the standings and net the Raiders three team points.
Due to the rain and the delay, there were no prelims run for the 200-meter dash and the women’s 400-meter hurdles. Those events will be contested on Saturday as timed finals.
Caroline Mastria (Sykesville, Md./Century) and Rachel Bruno (Mechanicsburg, Pa./Mechanicsburg) ran 3-4 in the 400, while Megan Kendall (Williamsport, Pa./Loyalsock) and Brooke Emery (Brookville, Pa./Brookville Area) ran 3-6 in the 100-meter hurdles. Leah Graybill (Lititz, Pa./Warwick) and Sara McKean (Shinglehouse, Pa./Oswayo Valley) placed second and eighth respectively in qualifying for the 100-meter dash finals. The times for McKean and Bruno were season bests.
The third and final day of the 2021 PSAC Championships begins at 11 a.m.Saturdaywith the pole vault and the javelin.