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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (pacathletics.org)–Westminster College claimed the Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) Women’s Indoor Track and Field team title Thursday night at Youngstown State University’s Watson and Tressel Training Site (WATTS).

Westminster finished with 124 points in the 16-event championship, totaling five individual event championships and a pair of runner-up finishes.

Thursday was Westminster’s second indoor title (2016).

This year’s PAC Championships capped the league’s fifth official season with men’s and women’s indoor track and field as championship sports.

Grove City College finished as the runner-up with 98 points. Waynesburg University, winners of the last two indoor championships, was third with 91 points. Chatham University was fourth (86) and was followed by Washington & Jefferson College (79.50), Geneva College (78), Bethany College (37.50), Saint Vincent College (16) and Thiel College (9).

Chatham first-year Rebecca Pennington (Petrolia, Pa. | Karns City) 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.

Grove City junior Katlyn Adams (Warren, Pa. | Warren) and W&J sophomore Krista Sudar (Monaca, Pa. | Central Valley) were honored as Co-PAC Most Outstanding Field Performers. Adams won the triple jump with a PAC Championships and school-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).

Westminster sophomore Selena Thomas (Farrell, Pa. | Farrell) won three individual titles for the Titans. She was first in the 60 (8.03), the 200 (26.74) and the long jump (17-2, 5.23m) and ran the third leg of the Titans’ second-place 4×400 relay (4:19.77). Her efforts in both the 60 and the long jump set new Westminster records.

Westminster 12th-year head coach Tim McNeil was voted the league’s coach of the year.

The Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Division III Indoor Track and Field Championships are scheduled for Friday-Saturday, March 1-2 at The Armory in Manhattan, New York City.

The NCAA Division III Indoor Track and Field Championships will be held Friday-Saturday, March 8-9 at the Reggie Lewis Center in Boston, Massachusetts. The final descending order lists will be posted by 7 p.m. (EST) Sunday, March 3 on ncaa.com.  

 

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