Scot Men Tracksters Sixth, Women Eighth at Roanoke Invite

The College of Wooster track and field teams competed for the second time outdoors in 2009, as the Fighting Scots were among a field of strong NCAA Div. III squads at the Roanoke Invitational in Roanoke, Va. Wooster faired well in the highly-competitive environment, with the Scot men placing sixth out of eight teams and the women eighth in the nine-team field. The host school, Roanoke, won the women’s team title, while Juniata College took home the men’s team crown.

Wooster’s sixth-place finish (40 points) was keyed by the performances of the jumping duo of junior Eric Dyer and senior Averell Gatton. Gatton finished fourth in the high jump with a height of 1.75 meters, seventh in the long jump with a leap of 6.05 meters, and eighth during the triple jump competition with a 12.05-meter mark. Dyer took home a pair of third-place showings in the long jump (6.41 meters) and the triple jump (13.43 meters). 

On the track, the Scots received third-place individual performances from Terry Workman in the 3,000-meter steeplechase (10:40.70), and Matthew Solter in the 400-meter dash (52.95).

Wooster’s other scorers also on the track were Sateesh Venkatesh who finished fifth in the 200-meter dash (25.00), Micah Caunter with a sixth-place showing in the 800-meter run (2:04.22), and Thomas Spangler in the 400-meter dash (55.40) for eighth place.

In women’s action, the Scots (24 points) were paced by sophomore Whitney Rappole, as she ran to a runner-up finish in the 400-meter hurdles, stopping the clock in 1:12.37. 

Noteworthy, Wooster produced several top-eight showings, as Suzanne Capehart earned fourth in the 800-meter run (2:32.04), Kayla Miller leapt to a fourth-place finish in the triple jump (10.15 meters), Somadina Iworisha hit seventh in the javelin (26.76 meters), and Kelsie Herring was eighth in the 800-meter run (2:33.71). Also, Meredith Shaul and Jessica Yarmosky were seventh (5:27.49) and eighth (5:34.49), respectively, in the 1,500-meter run.

Next, Wooster returns north to host its lone meet of the spring – the Wooster Invitational – this Saturday at 11 a.m.