• Senior Jamie Schnuck broke her own school record in the weight throw with a mark of 16.52m (54-2.50)
• Junior Cozette Collin placed 18th out of 72 runners in the 800m run (2:18.62)
• Redshirt-junior Katie Benavente placed 19th in the pole vault with a new PR of 2.90m (9-6.25)
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – In what’s becoming a feat as regular as the Sun rising in the east and setting in the west, senior Jamie Schnuck once again broke her school record in the weight throw Friday to lead the Panthers at the Camel City Classic.
For the third time in as many meets this season, Schnuck surpassed her previous record mark by a significant margin. Amongst a highly competitive field at JDL, the Oconomowoc, Wis., native placed ninth Friday with a throw of 16.52m (54-2.50).
Her school record-breaking throws this season have included 15.80m at the JDL Kickoff Classic, 16.11m at the Wake Forest Invitational and now 16.52m at the Camel City Classic.
“Jamie is really starting to figure things out,” associate track & field head coach Scott Hall said. “She opened with an excellent throw and put together a solid day. It will be exciting to see her continue to top her own mark as the season progresses.”
In addition to Schnuck, redshirt-sophomore Makenzi Holmes-DiGiovine also competed in the event and finshed 28th with a mark of 12.93m (42-5.25).
On the track, junior Cozette Collin finished 18th in the 800m run in a strong time of 2:18.62, while freshman Janelle Rothacker placed 41st (2:27.10) in the race. In the 400m run, senior Lilla Lorand placed 35th for the Panthers (1:00.39) while freshmen Emmy Geis (1:02.91) and Jasmyn Gillespie (1:05.99) placed 66th and 82nd, respectively.
Redshirt-junior Katie Benavente represented HPU in the pole vault and set a new collegiate PR while finishing 19th with a mark of 2.90m (9-6.25). Her previous top height had been 2.75m.
In distance action, seniors Erika Peoples and Sarah Bode each posted collegiate PRs in the mile run. Peoples placed 35th (5:23.00) while Bode was 50th in 5:35.88.
Five members of the Purple & White raced in the 60m hurdles preliminaries. Sophomore Mikaela Campbell finished 36th (9.45 seconds) to lead the Panther pack, while fellow sophomore Ashlynn Schiro was 37th in 9.53 seconds. Sophomore Haley Cianfarini finished 43rd (9.69 seconds) and junior Erika Bridges (9.74) and senior Sara Katherine Kirkpatrick placed 47th and 51st, respectively.
A trio of Panthers competed in the preliminaries of the 60m dash. Campbell led the way for HPU with a time of 8.03 seconds (48th), while junior Alyn Carr placed 52nd in a time of 8.06. Junior Amanda Gregory placed 63rd in 8.21 seconds.
The final race of the night was the 3000m run and featured seniors Julia Zautcke and Lindsey Siska and freshman Courtney Kerr.
Zautcke led HPU with a 21st-place finish and a time of 10:29.08. Siska finished 42nd in 11:00.18 and Kerr placed 43rd in 11:00.20.
The Panthers wrap up the Camel City Classic on Saturday. Seniors Jill Marois and Alyssa Palenchar, as well as junior Natalia Ocasio will suit up for the Penn State National Invitational Saturday as well.