Quintet of Wins Lifts Women’s Track & Field to Second at Panther Invitational

Quintet of Wins Lifts Women’s Track & Field to Second at Panther Invitational

Quinn now top-five in NE-10 in weight throw

PLYMOUTH, N.H. (January 16, 2016) – The Franklin Pierce University women's track & field team returned the full squad to action on Saturday with a tune-up against Division III competition, as the Ravens traveled to the Panther Invitational, hosted by Plymouth State University. The Ravens picked up five event victories on the day, on the way to 91 points and a second-place finish.

The Ravens finished 30 points behind Southern Maine (121 points), which took home first-place honors on Saturday. Behind Franklin Pierce, Massachusetts Boston (68 points) took third, host Plymouth State (32 points) was fourth and Colby-Sawyer (26 points) was fifth.

Of Franklin Pierce's five wins, two came in individual track events, two in field events and one in a relay. Sophomore Emily Quinn (West Bridgewater, Mass.) perhaps posted the best mark of the Ravens winners, as her heave of 14.24 meters in the weight throw was good enough to tie for fourth in the Northeast-10 Conference in the event. Junior Nicole Galewski (Weymouth, Mass.) had the other field event victory for Franklin Pierce, as she cleared 1.52 meters in the high jump. Galewski also moved into a tie for 12th in the Northeast-10 with a fourth-place finish in the long jump, by leaping 4.86 meters.

On the track, the Ravens got wins from sophomore Alexa Cassara (Bay Shore, N.Y.) in the 500 meters and senior Alyssa Lambert (Manchester, N.H.) in the mile. Cassara's 500-meter time of 1:26.40 is currently good for 10th in the Northeast-10, while Lambert ran a time of 5:29.90 in the mile.

Lambert and Cassara were both members of Franklin Pierce's victorious 4x800-meter relay team as well. The former ran the lead leg, while the latter took the third, and they were joined by sophomore Natalie Davies (Ware, Mass.) on the second leg and freshman Caitlin Leary (Tewksbury, Mass.) on the anchor leg. The quartet crossed the line in 10:45.26, which is good for second in the Northeast-10.

A pair of other Ravens posted marks in field events which were good enough to move into the top 20 in the Northeast-10. Junior Shannon Coffey (Bohemia, N.Y.) finished ninth in the pole vault by clearing 2.30 meters, which is good for seventh in the Northeast-10. Meanwhile, freshman Kendra Covington (Torrington, Conn.) placed fourth in the shot put with a heave of 10.85 meters, which is good for 12th in the Conference.

The Ravens return to the track on Sunday, Jan. 24, when they travel to Cambridge, Mass. for the Greater Boston Track Club Invitational.

For more information on Franklin Pierce Athletics, please visit the official website of Franklin Pierce Athletics (http://athletics.franklinpierce.edu). Also be sure to follow the Ravens through the Department of Athletics' official Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/FranklinPierceRavens), its YouTube channel (http://www.youtube.com/franklinpiercesports) and its Twitter feed (http://twitter.com/FPUathletics). Fans wishing to purchase Franklin Pierce track and field apparel can do so at the Department of Athletics' brand new online store (http://athletics.franklinpierce.edu/store).