Lady Raiders track and field: SU’s Leah Graybill broke school record
SU’s Leah Graybill broke a school record in latest meet.
Graybill (Lititz, Pa./Warwick) broke the 37-year-old school record in the outdoor 200 meters on Saturday to highlight a split squad of the Shippensburg University women’s outdoor track & field team in competition at the Happy Easter Races hosted by Lehigh University.
How it happened
Graybill won the 200 meters with a time of 24.70 seconds, beating 15 Division I competitors and two teammates in Saturday’s race to break what had been the oldest school record still on the Shippensburg University books. The performance surpassed the record of Carlisle native and SU Athletics Hall of Famer Kristen James Furness ’86 (24.81 seconds) set in 1984.
It was not the only victory of the day for Graybill, who also claimed gold in the 100 meters after crossing the finish line in 12.12 seconds. That performance is just a tenth of a second shy of the school record in that event. Then, at the end of the day, Graybill posted an unofficial split of 57.0 seconds as the anchor leg of the 4×400-meter relay, teaming with Rachel Bruno (Mechanicsburg, Pa./Mechanicsburg), Caroline Mastria (Sykesville, Md./Century) and Lieke Black (Ambler, Pa./Wissahickon) for a second-place time of 3:58.75.
In the open 400 meters, Bruno ran third in 58.89 seconds, and Mastria was one place behind with a time of 59.50 seconds.
Sara McKean (Shinglehouse, Pa./Oswayo Valley) finished fourth in the 100 meters, running 12.83 seconds, and Megan Kendall (Williamsport, Pa./Loyalsock) placed sixth in the 100-meter hurdles, running 15.82 seconds. Black placed fourth in the 400-meter hurdles after running 1:07.02; Kendall ran 1:08.84.
In the field, senior Zarria Williams (Mount Laurel, N.J./Camden Catholic (Ohio Christian)) won the long jump with a top mark of 18 feet, 6 inches. Ariel Jones (Lebanon, Pa./Cedar Crest) had a triple jump of 35 feet, 2 ¼ inches, and Jenna Lytle (Altoona, Pa./Altoona Area) was a quarter inch off that mark at 35 feet, 2 inches.
Shippensburg has a busy week in store. Multis will competeThursdayandFridayat Kutztown. Mid-distance and distance runners will competeFridayin a carnival at Messiah. Most of the squad will compete Sunday, April 11 at IUP.
Lehigh Happy Easter Races
1. Leah Graybill 12.12
4. Sara McKean 12.83
Adriana Baxter 13.00
Kayla Dalhouse 13.03
1. Leah Graybill 24.70
Zarria Williams 27.10
Adriana Baxter 27.74
3. Rachel Bruno 58.89
4. Caroline Mastria 59.50
6. Megan Kendall 15.82
8. Brooke Emery 15.92
4. Lieke Black 1:07.02
Megan Kendall 1:08.84
3. Adriana Baxter, Sara McKean, Zarria Williams, Kayla Dalhouse 50.18
2. Rachel Bruno, Caroline Mastria, Lieke Black, Leah Graybill 3:58.75
Ariel Jones 5′ 1″ (1.55m)
Kayla Dalhouse NH
Ashlee Newton NH
1. Zarria Williams 18′ 6″ (5.64m)
Jenna Lytle 16′ 4 ¼” (4.98m)
Ariel Jones 35′ 2 ¼” (10.73m)
Jenna Lytle 35′ 2″ (10.72m)