Point Park women's T&F takes 2nd place at Baldwin Wallace, wins two events
Feb. 13, 2015
Jahniah McAllister placed in five different events on Friday night at Baldwin Wallace. Photo by Ty Smith.
BEREA, Ohio -- Point Park University women's indoor track and field claimed second place of 15 teams and won two events Friday night at the Baldwin Wallace Mid-February Meet in Berea, Ohio.
It was the first-ever meet that included team scoring for the first-year Point Park program. Despite competing in just their fifth meet in school history, the Pioneers earned the high team finish and won two more events.
Allegheny won the team title with 96.75 points, and Point Park was next with 80.50 points. There was another big gap before the third-place team, which was Westminster with 68.85 points followed by Oberlin in fourth with 56.50 points.
A consistent effort had Point Park score in 10 of the 18 events. There were three finalists in the 55-meter dash and two in the 200-meter dash.
Point Park had an individual win an event for the first time ever as freshman Katie Guarnaccia placed first in the mile with a time of 5:31.83. It was a school-record time for the North Allegheny High School graduate, who also placed second in the 3,000 meters with a time of 11:08.58.
The Pioneers' 4x200 relay team repeated with a victory to back up last week's first-place showing at Mt. Union. The squad of Jahniah McAllister, Taelor Fowler, Chereese Langley and Amber Brown picked up another victory in the event with a time of 1:49.19.
It was a busy and strong day for McAllister, a freshman from Gateway High School. She placed in three individual events in addition to being a part of two relay teams that placed. She was sixth in the 55-meter hurdles with a time of 9.11 seconds, a school record. McAllister was third in both the 55-meter dash (7.62 seconds) and the 200-meter dash (27.64 seconds).
McAllister was chasing teammate Fowler in the sprint events. A senior from Penn Hills, Pa., Fowler was second in the 55 meters with a school-record time of 7.60 seconds. She was also second in the 200 meters at 27.36 seconds.
The 55-meter dash had three finalists for the Pioneers as Langley was sixth at 7.77 seconds. Brown was ninth in the 200 meters (28.47) to just miss joining Fowler and McAllister on the final podium.
Jumper Darien Leighty set two school records on the night, the first of which was in the triple jump. Her leap of 9.97 meters (32 ft., 8.5 inches) was good for a tie for second. Leighty was also 18th in the long jump with a school-record of 4.11 meters (13 feet, 6 inches).
The middle distance events had Olukemi Olugbakinro place seventh in the 400 at 1:04.21 and Emily Maxwell place eighth in the 800 at 2:36.30. The 4x400 relay team of Olugbakinro, Brown, McAllister and Langley placed fifth at 4:26.60.
Point Park's next competition is next Saturday, Feb. 21 at the Kent State Tune-Up. It is the final scheduled meet for the Pioneers to have individuals qualify for the NAIA indoor national championship meet March 5-7 at Geneva, Ohio.
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