Women's Track Takes Second at MAC Championships, Panek Wins Rookie of the Year honors

Women's Track Takes Second at MAC Championships, Panek Wins Rookie of the Year honors

CHESTER, Pa. - The Stevenson women's track and field team took second place overall, while freshman Rachel Panek earned Rookie of the Year honors at the MAC Outdoor Championships, hosted by Widener. The Mustangs, who also finished second at the MAC Indoor Championships in March, set school records for their highest finish at a MAC Outdoor Championship and total points with 131. Messiah won its 18th MAC Outdoor Championship and second in a row with 172 points. 

Panek, who won the heptathlon with a MAC Championship record score of 4,299 points, claimed her second Rookie of the Year honor this season (also won Rookie of the Year at Indoor Championships). Individually, Panek also placed second in the 100m hurdles with a school-record time of 15.16 seconds, which is currently sixth best in the region. Panek also took sixth in 400m hurdles with a time of 1:05.88, while finishing tied for sixth in the high jump (1.47m).

Sophomore Kimberly Hammond set a new school record and took first in the 200m dash with a time of 25.48 seconds to earn All-MAC First Team honors. Hammonds' time is currently tied for sixth in the region. Hammond would also take third in the 100 with a time of 12.61.

Sophomore Dyonne Hicks placed first overall and set a school mark in the triple jump with a hop, skip and jump of 11.38 meters, giving her first team honors. Freshman Jordan Mitchell set a personal record while placing fifth with a distance of 10.78m. Hicks' leap is currently fifth-best in the region.

The Mustangs also claimed first place in the 4x100m relay. Sophomore Chalisse Lockley, Panek, Hicks and Hammond crossed the line in a season-best time of 49.07 to earn first team honors.

Junior Jess Rega placed second in shot put with a season-best toss of 13.05m, which is third-best in the region. Freshman Alison Krahe took third in the 800 with a school-record time of 2:16.25, which is ranked ninth in the region. 

Hicks picked up a seventh-place finish in the 400m hurdles with a 1:06.65. 

The 4x400m relay team of Krahe, junior Kelly Winklbauer, freshman Taysia Phelps and junior Mary Sam placed seventh with a time of 4:10.60.

Part of the squad will compete next at the Aggie Last Chance meet, hosted by North Carolina A&T on Saturday, May 12. Other members of the team will take part in the Tuppeny Twilight meet, hosted by Swarthmore, on Sunday, May 13.