GREENVILLE, Pa. (pacathletics.org)–The Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) released the results of its women’s outdoor track and field preseason coaches’ poll Friday and Westminster College was picked by the league’s nine head coaches to capture the this year’s title. The PAC released the results of its preseason coaches’ poll in conjunction with its annual athletes to watch list.
Westminster, led by 12th-year head coach Tim McNeil, secured eight of the league’s nine first-place votes while totaling 78 points. The Titans won their second (2016) PAC indoor title Feb. 21 at Youngstown State University’s Watson and Tressel Training Site (WATTS), rolling up 124 points during the 16-event championship.
Waynesburg University, led by second-year head coach Michelle Cross, finished second in the preseason coaches’ poll after collecting the final first-place vote and 70 points. The Yellow Jackets have won three-straight PAC outdoor titles and three-straight PAC cross country titles. Waynesburg had claimed PAC indoor titles in 2017 and 2018 before finishing third this season.
Grove City College finished third in the poll with 64 points and was followed by Chatham University (48), Geneva College (47), Washington & Jefferson College (43), Bethany College (26), Saint Vincent College (19) and Thiel College (10).
This year’s athletes to watch list includes four returning individual outdoor champions and is headlined by Chatham first-year Rebecca Pennington (Petrolia, Pa. | Karns City), Grove City junior Katlyn Adams (Warren, Pa. | Warren) and W&J sophomore Krista Sudar (Monaca, Pa. | Central Valley).
At last month’s PAC indoor championships, Pennington ran to first-place finishes in the 3,000 (10:20.55) and the 5,000 (17:58.46) and finished as the runner-up in the mile (5:20.19) to secure the PAC’s Most Outstanding Performer award after being named the league’s Most Outstanding Track Performer. Her times in both the 3,000 and 5,000 established new PAC Championships records.
Adams and Sudar were honored as Co-PAC Most Outstanding Field Performers at this year’s indoor championships. Adams won the triple jump with a school and PAC Championships record leap of 34 feet, 11.25 inches (10.65m). She also took third in the long jump (16-10, 5.13m). Sudar won the shot put with a throw of 35-09.50 (10.91m) and finished third in the weight throw (39-04.50, 12.00m). Sudar claimed last year’s outdoor title in the discus (14-50, 37.92m).
The PAC outdoor championships are scheduled for Thursday-Friday, April 25-26. Grove City will serve as this year’s host.