PHILADELPHIA, Pa. - Junior Katie Salke accomplished a rare feat Saturday when she captured three first places in the Penn Invite to headline Towson's track & field efforts for the day.
With the squad split between the Penn Invite at Franklin Field and the Goucher College Classic, Salke was impressive as she became just the second Towson trackster in the last six years to win three events in the same meet. Ashley Adams captured both hurdles and the long jump in a 2010 meet.
Salke's performances in the triple jump and 100 hurdles could have been predicted but her showing in the long jump caught everyone by surprise.
"It was the first time she had ever long jumped," said Tiger coach Roger Erricker. "I'd say she had quite a day."
Salke was measured at 17'00.50". It was the only long jump in the competition over 17-feet. Her triple jump of 37'6.50" moved her up to fifth on Towson's all-time top 10 list. Her winning time of 14.62 in the 100 hurdles was her best of the year.
Freshman Kamilah Browne finished third in the 100 hurdles, clocking 14.94 to move her into 10th on the program's all-time list.
Freshman Emily Wenger remained unbeaten this spring in the 400 hurdles, taking the gold in 1:03.38, her best time of the year by a half-second. She remains seventh on the top 10 list.
Over at Goucher the Tigers picked up medals but failed to hit ECAC qualifying marks. Team scores were kept with the Tigers taking top honors 169.50 over second place Salisbury with 108. Fourteen schools participated in the meet.
Graduate student Katie Ogden set a Goucher Stadium record in winning the 5,000 meter run in a time of 17:53.27, almost a minute faster than the second place finisher.
Junior Hannah McKenzie (10:50.94) and freshman Ashley Simmons (10:53.74) ran first and second respectively in the 3000 meter run. Senior Shannel Shivers posted first places in the shot put (40'6") and discus (127'8"). Senior Shianna Smith won the hammer with a 163'9" throw.
Freshman Alexis Appezzato remained unbeaten in the javelin, winning that event at 135'11".
The Tigers return to the track next Saturday when they travel to Homewood for a tri-meet with host Johns Hopkins and Loyola.