Dietrich, Jones set NCAA provisional marks as indoor track battles illness

Photo: Charles Ivey
Junior Kasey Jones (above) and Brianne Dietrich both set NCAA provisional marks on Saturday at the Midwest Indoor Open.

By Charles Ivey
Staff Writer/Spectator

GENEVA, Oh. - Snowy roads can stop many from traveling. However, the dicey conditions did not stop the Edinboro indoor track and field team from getting to Geneva, Oh., and making its presence known.

The Scots competed in the Midwest Indoor Open at the Spire Institute in Geneva, Ohio, on Saturday afternoon in another preparation for the PSAC Championships later this month.

“This time of year it is important that we keep getting a little bit better each week leading up to the PSAC meet,” head coach Anne Carlson said.

“As important as it is for us to keep building to the PSAC meet we also need to stay healthy. People who have been following our meets and results may have noticed we didn’t run a bunch of our ladies this weekend. We have some minor injuries and illnesses on our team right now, most of them could have ran through it, but we don’t want to risk having them not at 100 percent longer. We hope to bring back most, if not all, of them over the next two weeks.”

Of the Scots that did compete on Saturday, the top two performances came from Kasey Jones and Brianne Dietrich as both put up NCAA provisional marks.

“Kasey ran 9:53.26 in the 3000 meter [run], a lifetime best,” Carlson said. “She currently ranks 18th in D-II. Brianne tied her lifetime best indoor long jump with a jump of 5.73 [18’9.75”]. She is ranked 17th in D-II right now.”

Dietrich, who also competed in the 60 meter hurdles, and as a member of the 4x400 meter relay, was very pleased with her performance in the long jump.

“I was really excited to hit a provisional mark so early in the season,” she said. “I plan to just keep working hard and hopefully continue improving in my events every meet.”

Other highlights from Geneva featured Emma Sullivan, 17th (10:28.91), Megan Maffett, 23rd (10:37.25), and Sarah Krolick, 24th (10:41.87), qualifying for the PSAC championship meet in the 3000 meter run.

With three more meets remaining before the PSAC Championships on Feb. 28 and March 1, which will be hosted by Edinboro in the Mike S. Zafirovski Sports & Recreation Dome, Carlson is encouraged by her team.

“Overall, I feel as a team we are in a great spot. As I have said before we just need to keep adding more people to the PSAC and national list each week.” The Scots will try to do that on Friday at the Oberlin Invitational.

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