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Bruder leads Rock women to second-place PSAC finish

EDINBORO, Pa. – Kelly Bruder, a senior from Pittsburgh, finished first in the pentathlon competition Saturday to lead The Rock women’s team to its second consecutive runner-up finish at the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships. Bruder also finished seventh in the high-jump competition.

Slippery Rock completed the two-day competition Sunday with a total 100.5 points.

Shippensburg earned 145 points and claimed its second consecutive PSAC indoor title. Indiana came in third with 72 points while Kutztown (57) and East Stroudsburg (52) rounded out the top five at the championships.

Jen Harpp from Highland Heights, Ohio, and Whitney Hendershot from Salamanca, N.Y., each posted second-place finishes. Harpp’s runner-up finish came in the 3000-meter run. Crystal Burnick from Collegeville finished in third place. Hendershot finished second in the high jump.

Tiffany Tedesco from Pittsburgh, last year’s 60-meter dash champion, finished third in the same event this year. Fellow sprinters Allison Smith from Aliquippa and Amanda Seigworth from Cranesville finished third and fourth, respectively, in the 60-meter hurdle finals. Smith also placed eighth in the 200-meter dash finals.

Seigworth, Smith, Rachel Knapp from Milton and Kaela Snyder from North Olmsted, Ohio, finished fourth in the 4x400-meter relay. Snyder also placed fourth in the 800-meter run. Caitlin Hancox from Meadville took fifth place in the 800.

Field athlete’s Ashley Rolick from Kane, Jade Hambrick from Pittsburgh and Kim Stitt from Hermitage also produced for The Rock finishing in the top six in their events to earn points. Rolick and Hambrick finished back-to-back in fifth and sixth place in the shot put, while Stitt finished sixth in the triple jump.

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