Panek Wins Heptathlon, Sets MAC Championship Record

Panek Wins Heptathlon, Sets MAC Championship Record

CHESTER, Pa. - Stevenson women's track and field freshman Rachel Panek took first place in the heptathlon and earned All-MAC First Team honors with a school and MAC Championship record score of 4299 on day two of the Middle Atlantic Conference Track and Field Championships, hosted by Widener. Panek won all three of the events on Friday, while setting personal bests in two of them. Panek took the long jump and javelin with personal best distances of 4.99m (long jump) and 27.54m (javelin). The other event victory came in the 200 with a time of 26.92 seconds. Panek's score is currently fifth in the Mideast region and 22nd in all of Division III. Panek took first place in six of the seven events. 

Panek would also finish sixth in the high jump with a height 1.47m. 

The Mustangs lead the team standings with 62 points after two days of competition. Misericordia is currently second with 57.

Sophomore Kimberly Hammond took first overall in the long jump with a school-record leap of 5.60m. Hammonds distance is currently fourth in the region. Sophomore Dyonne Hicks placed second with a 5.39m to earn second team honors, while freshman Jordan Mitchell placed sixth with a personal-best leap of 5.18m.

In the discus, sophomore Kiarra Nowell took third with a distance of 36.19m, which earned her third team honors. Juniors Lauren Dioses and Allison Bishop placed fifth and sixth with throws of 35.65 and 33.81 meters. 

Hammond had the best preliminary time in the 100m dash with a personal record of 12.58 seconds. Hammond's time is currently 10th best in the region. 

Sophomore Chalisse Lockley, freshman Taysia Phelps, Hicks and Hammond qualified second into the 4x100 relay finals with a 49.08, while freshman Allison Krahe qualified fourth for the 800 finals with a school-record time of 2:19.66. 

Panek qualified for Saturday's 100m hurdles and 400m hurdles finals with times of 16.55 and 1:08.95. Hicks qualified fourth for the 400m hurdle final with a 1:06.56.

The third and final day of the meet takes place on Saturday, May 5.