Dietrich, distance medley shine as team finishes second at Oberlin Invitational

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The indoor track team finished second in the Oberlin Invite.

By Charles Ivey
Staff Writer/Spectator

OBERLIN, Oh. – The ladies of Edinboro’s track and field team traveled to Oberlin College to compete in the Crimson & Gold Invitational Friday night. With a Boro athlete projected in one or more of the top five spots of every event the team entered in, the Scots did indeed turn in spectacular marks, adding more people to the PSAC championship roster in the process.

“We’re in a very good spot. We have people that are getting better every week,” head coach Anne Carlson said.

Edinboro’s highlight of the day came from the distance medley relay, represented by a team of Rebekkah Bond, Brianne Dietrich, Allison Gibbens and Kasey Jones. The quartet produced a time of 12:14.11. The ladies just edged Ashland’s time of 12:14.15, earning a provisional D-II mark in the process.

“I was pretty nervous before because I didn’t race for two weeks before the race and we wanted to run really well to qualify for nationals,” Gibbens said about the medley relay.

“I was excited though to be back on the track and to run with the girls because we have great team chemistry. We all just needed to run what we were capable of doing, nothing spectacular. So that’s what we did, ran what we each needed to and we qualified provisionally.”

Dietrich led the first flight of the women’s long jump in the preliminaries. Later in the finals she set a new indoor personal best for herself at 5.85m [19’ 2.5”] winning the event and making her number one in the PSAC and moving her up to 11th in Division II.

Dietrich went on to win her second individual event in the 60 meter dash with a time of 8.12 seconds. Teammate Hilari Norris won the 60 meter hurdles with a time of 9.46 seconds.

Another notable performance for the Scots were high jumpers Elizabeth Narkevic and Alexis Hanes finishing first and in a tie for second, respectively. Narkevic had a leap of 1.48m [4’ 10.25”] and Hanes, 1.43m [4’ 8.25”].

Jones and Anna Hosl also took the top two spots in the mile run coming in at 5:19.77 and 5:27.44, respectively.

“We are looking forward to Grand Valley to have the opportunity to race some high quality teams and drop our time down even further to solidify ourselves a spot at the national meet,” Gibbens concluded. The Scots travel to Allendale, Michigan, for the Grand Valley State Big Meet on Friday and Saturday.

Charles Ivey is a staff writer for the Spectator. He can be reached by sports.spectator@gmail.com