Point Park women take 2nd at KIAC Track & Field Meet, win 8 events
April 25, 2015
Freshman distance runner Katie Guarnaccia was named the MVP of the meet.
RIO GRANDE, Ohio -- In its first-ever year competing in track and field, the Point Park University women's outdoor track and field team placed second at the KIAC Championship Meet on Saturday at Rio Grande, Ohio.
The Pioneers won a total of eight events on the day and had 15 all-conference qualifications from their athletes. Rio Grande won the team title, but Point Park had its fair share of standout performances. With the many all-conference placements, Pioneers head coach Kelly Parsley was named the KIAC Coach of the Year.
Most notably, Point Park distance runner Katie Guarnaccia was named the MVP of the meet. A freshman from North Allegheny High School, Guarnaccia pulled off the three-peat of winning three distance events on the day -- the 10,000 meters, the 5,000 meters and the 1,500 meters.
Guarnaccia lapped the entire field in winning the 10,000 meters with a time of 38:55, which was nearly two minutes better than the next closest competitor. She set a school-record time in winning the 1,500 meters with a time of 4:57. Guarnaccia won the 5,000 meters in 18:50, more than three minutes better than the field.
The Point Park sprinters once again had their talents on display. The Pioneers took the top three placements in the 100-meter dash, and it was Amber Brown crowned as the fastest woman in the KIAC with a time of 12.80 seconds. Taelor Fowler (13.13) and Jahniah McAllister (13.20) were next and also earned All-KIAC honors in the event.
Fowler, a senior from Penn Hill, Pa., was named the KIAC Comeback Athlete of the Year. In her first year back into the sport in six years, she won the 200-meter dash with a time of 27.40 seconds.
The Pioneers sprinters also won the 4x100 relay with a time of 50.23 seconds. That was made up of all-conference 100-meter dash runners Brown, Fowler and McAllister as well as Chereese Langley.
In the 400-meter dash, Point Park claimed the event win with Olukemi Olugbakinro placing first at 1:03.40. Taking second and earning All-KIAC honors alongside Olugbakinro was Langley at 1:03.50. Olugbakinro also earned all-conference mention by placing third in the 200-meter dash (28.32).
Kelsey Wilkins earned all-conference recognition in two events. A middle distance runner, she took home the conference title in the triple jump with a leap of 9.84 meters. Wilkins also placed second in the 800-meter run with a school-record time of 2:27.40.
McAllister was strong in the hurdles earning all-conference honors and placing second in the 100 hurdles at 16.42 (school record) and taking fourth in the 400 hurdles at 1:16.70.
Point Park competed in the 3,000-meter steeplechase for the first time, and Emily Maxwell (13:30) and McKenzie Wilson (13:56) placed second and third to earn All-KIAC.
Thrower Vanessa Sprando set school records in the hammer throw, shot put and javelin. She took fourth in the hammer throw at 21.51 meters, placed fifth in the shot put at 10.03 meters and was fifth in the javelin at 24.23 meters.
Other Point Park competitors who led the Pioneers in an event were Danika Adams-Peterson placing fifth in the high jump (1.42 meters), Darian Leighty placing eighth in the long jump (4.26 meters) and Candice Stein placing fifth in the discus (23.88 meters).
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