10 SRU women make All-Region team; 4 get NCAA nod


NEW ORLEANS - The Slippery Rock University women's track and field team placed 10 women on the All-Region team in the Atlantic Region announced by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association and four of them were named by the NCAA to compete in the 2015 NCAA Division II National Championships at Grand Valley State University.

The 10 individuals honored picked up All-Region status in a total of 12 events.

Sabrina Anderson, an SRU exercise science major from Warren, and Jenny Picot an exercise science major from Boonton, N.J., each earned recognition in two different events. Anderson was honored for her efforts in the high jump and the heptathlon, while Picot was recognized in the 5,000-meter and 10,000-meter runs.

In order to earn All-Region honors a student-athlete must have one of the five best performances in their event among all athletes in the region. The Atlantic Region includes all schools in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference, the Mountain East Conference and the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association.

SRU has five athletes who ranked first or second in the region in their respective events and two that led the region.

Kaitlyn Clark, a physical therapy major from Shepherdstown, W.Va., led the region in the pole vault with a clearance of 3.85 meters. Brittany Christiansen, a health and physical education major from Holtsville, N.Y., led the region in the hammer throw with a record throw of 53.36 meters.

Courtney McQuaide, an exercise science major from Saltsburg, has the second best mark in the region in the pole vault at 3.76 meters. Ashley West, an undeclared major from Gibsonia, has the second best high jump mark in the region at 1.71 meters, and Sam Taylor, an undeclared major from Monroeville, has the second best javelin performance in the region at 48.41 meters.

Slippery Rock finished second as a team in the recent PSAC Championship meet.

Clark, McQuaide, West and Taylor earned trips to the NCAA competition which begins today.