Pole Vaulters, Shot Putters Among Women’s Indoor Track & Field Performers at Bison Open

The Shippensburg University women’s indoor track & field team began a two-day weekend in Lewisburg with a flurry of notable field performances Friday at the 17th Annual Bison Open held inside Bucknell University’s Gerhard Fieldhouse.

Competing in just their third collegiate meet, freshmen Kali Hepner and Heather Arey made significant strides in the pole vault. Both women cleared 10 feet, 10 inches; Hepner entered the day having only ever cleared 9 feet, 10 inches but got over the bar at her top height on the first attempt. Arey’s top clearance had been 10 feet, 4 inches.

Redshirt-freshman Tamara Ovejera paced four Raiders in the shot put, landing a fifth-place throw of 41 feet, 10 ¾ inches. Freshman Sabrina Johnson threw 40 feet, 11 ½ inches. Freshman Erin Doherty managed just 38 feet, 4 inches but sophomore Ava Bonetti enhanced her season best to 39 feet, 7 inches.

In the 200 meters, freshman Lindsay Sheehan tied for the second-fastest time among competitors in running at a PR-speed of 26.36 seconds. That time would rank her fifth in the PSAC among the early rankings. She was the only SU qualifier for the finals but is expected to be at Penn State on Saturday.

Senior Danesha Butler, currently fourth in the PSAC in the 200, ran 27.11 seconds while freshman Jill Bertino ran 27.40 seconds.

Freshman Teri Stoner improved her season score in the pentathlon by 40 points, finishing the multi fifth with 2,686 points. She improved her 800-meter time by 10 seconds, cleared 4 feet, 9 inches in the high jump and put the shot 23 feet, 10 ¼ inches for three new PRs.

Senior Sam Beckerleg and redshirt-freshman Danielle Sciremammano were asked to complete three of the five events. Sciremammano set a new PR in the 60-meter hurdles, running 9.38 seconds to match Butler’s time in the open 60-meter hurdles, and nudged her shot put mark up to 24 feet, 3 ¾ inches. Beckerleg improved her season best in the 60-meter hurdles to 9.02 seconds.

The majority of the SU squad resumes competition tomorrow morning at Bucknell, while a select group of athletes will be competing at the National Invitational hosted by Penn State University.

Lindsay Sheehan 26.36q
Danesha Butler 27.11
Jill Bertino 27.40
Ashley Nicola 27.71
Cierra Plesnar 28.27
Kayla Lawson 28.84

5. Danesha Butler 9.38
6. Kayla Lawson 9.49

Pole Vault
T4. Kali Hepner 10′ 10″ (3.30m)
T4. Heather Arey 10′ 10″ (3.30m)

Shot Put
5. Tamara Ovejera 41′ 10 ¾” (12.77m)
6. Sabrina Johnson 40′ 11 ½” (12.48m)
8. Ava Bonetti 39′ 7″ (12.06m)
Erin Doherty 38′ 4″ (11.68m)

5. Teri Stoner 2686

800 2:43.49
60H 9.70
HJ 4-9 [1.45]
LJ 15′ 3 ¼” [4.65]
SP 23-10.25 [7.27]

60H 9.38
HJ 4-9 [1.45]
SP 24-3 ¾ [7.41]

60H 9.92
HJ 5-1 ¾ [1.57m]
SP 34-4 ¾ [10.48m]




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