Jan. 29, 2009
Collegeville, Pa. - Loyola senior Melanie Mitchell finished fourth overall in the Ursinus Pentathlon on Wednesday, posting two collegiate PRs in field events.
Mitchell, the only Greyhound competing in the event, started the day with hurdles and finished eighth out of 17 athletes with a time of 9.70.
"The hurdles is her weakest event, but she did so well and just got on a role from there," Head Coach Jackie Truncellito said.
Mitchell then headed to the field events, where she posted PRs in the high jump and long jump. She cleared 1.51 meters in the high jump, and marked a 4.91 meters in the long jump. She threw 10.00 meters in the shot put, and almost posted another collegiate PR in that event.
Mitchell finished the day running a 2:42.11 in the 800 meter run. Normally a sprint runner, she had to work hard to prepare for the extra distance.
"In the past few weeks, we made her run farther to prepare for the 800 meters," Truncellito said. "To do so well in that event with little training is really amazing."
Mitchell finished in fourth with a total of 2,879 points.
The Greyhounds continue winter competition on Saturday in the Thomson Invitational at the University of Delaware. After two weeks of solid practice time, the team heads to the meet with high expectations.
"It's a huge meet for us and having success would put us in a really good spot," Trucellito said. "We only have three weeks left and doing well on Saturday would give us a lot of momentum."