CUA set to compete at conference championship on Saturday

WASHINGTON – The winter championship season continues this weekend when the CUA track and field teams head to Selinsgrove, Pa. for the 2012 Landmark Conference indoor championship.  Action gets underway beginning at 11 a.m. on Saturday, February 25.

CUA has been competing since early December, when it traveled to the Bow Tie Classic in Collegeville, Pa.  Joe Quigley led the CUA men with a second-place finish in the 800 meters in a time of 2:01.42, while Kelly Carioto won the shot put with a toss of 12.07 meters.

Carioto added a first place finish in the shot put in CUA’s first meet of the second semester, which took place at Susquehanna University on January 23. 

Also at that meet, Sarah Deitz placed third in the 60 meters, and Laura Kinley and Kristen Rayfield finished second and fifth, respectively, in the mile.  On the men’s side, Shawn Brubaker came in third in the weight throw, with a toss of 45’ ¼”.

The Cardinals most impressive performance so far this winter took place at the Lebanon Valley Invitational on January 28.  Five CUA student-athletes posted first place finishes, including Laura Kinley (800 meters, mile), Courtney Doran (high jump), Carioto (shot put), Mary Clark (weight throw) and Brubaker (weight throw).

Kinley was rewarded for her efforts, by being named the Landmark Conference Female Track Athlete of the Week.

Most recently, CUA was in action on February 12, when the Cardinals traveled to Selinsgrove for their final tune up prior to this weekend’s championship.

Carioto took home first place honors in the shot put, winning by over three feet, while Doran won the high jump by clearing 4’11 ¾”.  In men’s action, Brubaker placed third in the weight throw.

Other athletes that competed included Clark, who finished fifth in the shot put and sixth in the high jump, Kerri Hanley and Kaila DeFalco, who placed 11th and 20th, respectively, in the shot put, and Kelsely Broomfield, Deitz, Hannah Gillis and Maria Docal, who all placed in the top-11 of the 400 meters.

Brubaker once again had a strong showing for the men, placing third in the weight throw and 20th in the shot put.

Moravian won both the men’s and women’s Landmark Conference titles last season, while the CUA men placed sixth and the women came in fourth.

For the entire 2012 championship schedule, click here.  The first event, the women’s long jump, will get things started at 11 a.m., while the final event, the men’s 1600 relay final, is scheduled to begin at 5:45 p.m.

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