Slippery Rock's Taylor 3rd in javelin at PSAC championships
Sam Taylor, a 2012 Gateway graduate and freshman on the Slippery Rock University women's track and field team, fared well at her first Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference championship meet.
Throwing the javelin, Taylor took third place with an NCAA provisional mark of 41.83 meters (137 feet, 3 inches).
She also earned All-PSAC honors, as the top three finishers in each event receive that recognition.
Taylor was one of three female javelin throwers from The Rock to place in the top five.
Senior Lexi Arnold won her third PSAC javelin title in four years and second in a row with a throw of 44.80 meters (147 feet), and fellow senior Kim Goth took fifth at 39.13 meters (128 feet, 4 inches).
The Slippery Rock women's team placed fourth in the team standings after the three-day championships at Millersville University.
Shippensburg won its fourth consecutive title, followed by Kutztown and Edinboro.
A select number of athletes will advance to the NCAA National Championships on May 23 to 25 in Pueblo, Colo.
The provisional qualifying standard to be considered for nationals in the javelin is 131 feet, 2 inches.
The automatic qualifying standard is 151 feet, 3 inches.
Taylor is in good shape to represent Slippery Rock at nationals, as she has the 15th best throw in the javelin in Division II this season at 144 feet.
She made that throw at Slippery Rock's Dave Labor Invitational on April 13.
Kim Lesterick, a fifth-year senior at Seton Hill University and a Gateway graduate, experienced the Griffins' third consecutive West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference outdoor track and field championship on Saturday.
She also competed at the WVIAC meet, and took ninth in the hammer throw with a top attempt of 37.44 meters (122 feet, 10 inches).
In the hammer, the athlete makes several body rotations in the circle with a heel-toe movement of the foot. A ball attached to the end of chain-like extension with a handle at the opposite end moves in a circular path and increases in velocity with every revolution.
The thrower releases the ball at the front of the circle.
Lesterick graduated from Gateway in 2008, and she closed out her career at the WPIAL Class AAA championships. She threw the javelin at that meet, and placed ninth overall with a top throw of 113 feet, 5 inches.
Michael Love is a staff writer with Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-388-5825 or at email@example.com.