Track & Field makes strides at Jessica Starks Open in Columbus

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Olivia Miller high jumpPhoto courtesy of Jim Doyle Photography


COLUMBUS, Ohio --- Junior Olivia Miller (Bolivar, Pa.) and freshman Tyhir Royster (Pittsburgh, Pa.) brought home first place honors in their respective events at the Jessica Starks Open in Columbus, Ohio Saturday, hosted by Capital University.
Miller placed first of 14 in long jump with a distance of 4.89 meters. She also earned first place in triple jump, leaping 10.87 meters.

A height of 1.49 meters earned her third of eight in high jump.

Kaitlynn Melvin (SO/Belle Vernon, Pa.) placed 2nd of 18 in the mile run with a time of 5:46.15 to earn points for the Celtics, and Sydney Achtzehn (SO/Greensburg, Pa.) came in eighth place at 6:25.14 to earn a point.

Miller and Jordan Palmer (JR/Burgettstown, Pa.) competed in shot put for the Celtics, and Shannon Depree (SO/Crabtree, Pa.) ran the 200 and 400 meter races. Carlow finished the day 7th of 14 teams, which included NCAA and NAIA opponents, including conference teams Midway (Ky.), Ohio Christian and Rio Grande (Ohio).

Host Capital University took home top team honors on the women's side with a score of 95.

The men's team finished 15th of 15 teams on the day since only two athletes competed at the event.

Royster earned first place out of 36 runners in the 200 with a time of 22.97 - just tenths of a second shy of the NAIA "B" qualifying standard of 22.38. He also represented Carlow in the 400.

Junior Joseph Palmieri (Pittsburgh, Pa.) ran the 3000 for the Celtics.

Mount Vernon Nazarene University won the men's team overall with 104 points.

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