Washington, PA - It was senior Liz Michalak that was center stage last weekend with a victory in the heptathlon and subsequent PAC female performer of the week award. This weekend, little sister Katherine Michalak took the spotlight with a first place finish in the shot put at the W & J Invitational. The younger Michalak finished with a distance of 40-00.05 for her initial first place finish of the season. Teammate Kathryn Regalado, who has also qualified nationally in the shot put event, finished fourth overall with a toss of 36-09.75. Sara Williams also turned in a top ten performance with an eighth place finish in the shot put. Mary Keen turned in a sixth place finish in the discus with a mark of 114-02.
In other highlights for the women, Alayna Merkle finished second in the 1500 meter race with a time of 5:01.20, which was just five seconds off of the top spot. Jamie Mahan finished sixth in the 400 meter dash while teammates Emily Hoobler (fifth) and Shannon Rech (eighth) turned in solid performances in the 5000 meter event.
Geneva′s men turned in seven top ten finishes on the day although none of the men finished in the top three in their events. Tyler French posted a tenth place finish in the shot put while Mark Filtz was fourth in the triple jump. In the longest race of the day, Charles Parker turned in a fifth place finish with a time of 33:47.65 in the 10000 meter event. Perhaps the highlight of the day for the men came in the 100 meter event. After qualifying for the finals in the preliminary race, Nick Agostinelli finished fourth in the finals with a time of 11.47. Agostinelli teamed with Aaron Marga, Stephen Polite and Josh Guiser for a sixth place finish in the men′s 4 x 100 meter race.
In other distance events, Charles Parker took eighth in the 3000 meter steeplechase and Nick Edinger turned in a time of 15:00.93 for a fifth place finish in the 5000 meter race.
Geneva′s track and field team will travel to Mt. Union on Friday before heading back into PAC competition at Westminster on April 14th.
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