WILLIAMSBURG, Va. – A victory by the 4 x 200 meter relay team and top five finishes in six other events vaulted the University of Delaware women's outdoor track and field team to an impressive second place team finish at the Colonial Relays at William & Mary's Zable Stadium Saturday.
The Blue Hens posted top 10 finishes in 11 total events during the second day of the meet Saturday to finish with 95 total points and finish second. Rutgers won the team title with 104 points in the 30-team field. Monmouth was third followed by Villanova, Virginia Tech, William
& Mary, Vanderbilt, Bucknell, Duquesne, Richmond, and Rider in the top 10.
Delaware won the 4 x 200 meter relay title as the team of Vicki Caruso, Nijah Dupiche, Toresha Foster, and Chelsi Campbell ran to a time of 1:37.92 to outlast all competitors. Caruso won her second title of the meet as she won the individual 200 meter title on Friday.
That same foursome of Caruso, Dupiche, Foster, and Campbell also teamed for a second place finish in the 4 x 400 meter relay (3:44.93) while Caruso and Foster joined Latoya James and Amira Idris to register a fourth place showing in the 4 x 100 meter relay in 47.60.
In other relay action, Delaware's 4 x 400 meter relay team of Paige Morris, Alexandra Muro, Courtney Markow, and Kelley Donovan placed eighth in 1;45.34, the team of Lindsay Prettyman, Shanel Dickens, Emily Gispert, and Meredith Steenkamer was ninth in 9:20.40, the distance medley relay team of Mellissa Mazzo, Donovan, Rachel Wasserman, and Kayla Koonz was 11th (12:45.91), and the 1,600 meter sprint relay squad of Michele Simmons, Idris, Breanna Nicholson, and Alexandra Carroll clocked in at 4:19.23 to place 12th overall.
The Blue Hens also got an outstanding performance on the track from Latoya James, who finished second overall in the 100 meter hurdles with a time of 14.16.
Delaware's top individual field performance finish Saturday came from Idris, who was the runner-up in the triple jump with a leap of 38-8 1/4.
Also for the Hens, Kelsey Evancho was fourth in the high jump (5-5 1/4), Alana Pantale was fourth in the shot put (41-11 1/2) and fifth in the discus (135-9), Aretah Ettarh was fifth in the shot put (41-6 1/2), Courtney Sniscak was seventh in the discus (132-6), Jessica McDonald
finished 18th in the triple jump (35-4), and Spencer Nendza posted a 24th place finish in the triple jump (34-6 3/4).
Final Team Standings: 1. Rutgers - 104; 2. Delaware - 95 3. Monmouth
-87; 4. Villanova - 86; 5. Virginia Tech - 69; 6. William & Mary - 66;
7. Vanderbilt, 55; 8. Bucknell - 53; 9. Duquesne - 50; 10. Richmond,
Rider - 36......27. Shippensburg, Stony Brook, Northeastern, St. Francis
(NY) - 4.
Top Delaware Finishers:
1st Place - 4 x 200 Meter Relay (Vicki Caruso, Nijah Dupiche, Toresha
Foster, Chelsi Campbell), 1:37.92; 2nd Place - 4 x 400m Relay (Vicki
Caruso, Nijah Dupiche, Toresha Foster, Chelsi Campbell), 3:44.93; Amira
Idris, triple jump (38-8 1/4); 3rd Place - Latoya James, 100m hurdles
(14.16); 4th Place - 4 x 100m Relay (Vicki Caruso, Nijah Dupiche, Latoya
James, Amira Idris), 47.60; Kelsey Evancho, high jump (5-5 1/4); Alana
Pantale, shot put (41-11 1/2); 6th Place - Alana Pantale, discus
(135-9); Aretah Ettarh, shot put (41-6 1/2); 7th Place - Courtney
Sniscak, discus (132-6); 8th Place - 4 x 400m Relay (Paige Morris,
Alexandra Muro, Courtney Markow, Kelley Donovan), 1:45.34; 9th Place - 4
x 800m Relay (Lindsay Prettyman, Shanel Dickens, Emily Gispert, Meredith
Steenkamer), 9:20.40; 11th Place - Distance Medley Relay (Mellissa
Mazzo, Kelley Donovan, Rachel Wasserman, Kayla Koonz), 12:45.91; 12th
Place - 1,600m Sprint Relay (Michele Simmons, Amira Idris, Breanna
Nicholson, Alexandra Carroll), 4:19.23; 18th Place - Jessica McDonald,
triple jump (35-4); 24th Place - Spencer Nendza, triple jump (34-6 3/4)