The Carlow men’s and women’s track and field team competed at the River States Conference Championships on Friday, April 27, at Robert Morris University.
The Celtics finished fourth of eight teams on the women’s side, scoring 45 points. The Carlow men finished seventh of eight teams, with 12 points.
Point Park won the women’s title, with 210 points, and Rio Grande won the men’s championship, with 201 points.
The Carlow women placed in all three of the relay events, topped by a second-place finish in the 4x800-meter dash. Larissa Kijowski (FR/Dayton, Pa.), Leanne Glaub (JR/West Seneca, N.Y.), Clare Brown (JR/Pittsburgh, Pa.) and Megan Horgan (SO/Bethel Park, Pa.) ran 10:41.15 to score eight points.
The 4x400-meter team of Kijowski, Glaub, Chanel Sparks (SR/Columbia, Md.) and Gabrielle Kluger (JR/Yorktown Heights, N.Y.) took fourth place in 4:25.14 to score four points.
The 4x100-meter relay team of Sparks, Olivia Miller (FR/Bolivar, Pa.), Tajanique Thrower (FR/Erie, Pa.) and Rayshell Brown (FR/Pittsburgh, Pa.) also finished fourth and scored four points with a time of 53.34.
Kijowski and Brown also stood out for Carlow in the individual mid-distances races, where Kijowski scored eight points and Brown added three. Both placed in the 1,500-meter run, with Kijowski taking fourth (5:17.58) and Brown taking fifth (5:26.87). Kijowski also finished fourth in the 400-meter dash (1:01.23) and Brown was sixth in the 800-meter run (2:33.70).
Sparks, one of three seniors on the Carlow women’s team, finished her career on a high note. She ran personal bests in all of her events, scoring two points for the Celtics in addition to her two relay contributions. She finished fifth in the 200-meter dash (27.46) and seventh in the 100-meter dash (13.38).
Miller led the Celtics in the women’s field events, scoring eight points. She finished third in the triple jump (9.96 meters) and fifth in the long jump (4.78 meters).
Thrower also took fourth in the triple jump (9.4 meters) for four points. Bailey Klems (JR/Lower Burrell, Pa.) was fifth in the javelin throw, earning two points with a mark of 22.78 meters.
Anna Sack (FR/Monongahela, Pa.) added a point for Carlow with her sixth-place finish in the 400-meter hurdles (1:31.17).
Javondii Myers (SO/Columbia, S.C.) had the top individual finish for the Celtics, scoring eight points and taking second in the men’s high jump by leaping 1.95 meters.
Brian Ziegler (SO/West Mifflin, Pa.) scored the other four points for the Carlow men with his fourth-place finish in the javelin throw. Ziegler threw 41.19 meters.
Another highlight for the Celtics’ men came in the 4x400-meter relay, when the group of Cameron Short (FR/West Mifflin, Pa.), Matthew Cannon (FR/Monongahela, Pa.), Joseph Palmieri (FR/Pittsburgh, Pa.), and Christopher Woodley (JR/Northern Cambria, Pa.) ran a personal best. Short led the Celtics by running his leg in an impressive 49.1 seconds, which would have been good enough for the third-place time in the open 400-meter dash.
For complete results, visit riverstatesconference.com.
The Celtics wrap up their inaugural track and field season on May 11 at the Allegheny Gator Invitational, in Meadville, Pa.