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Slippery Rock’s McQuaide leads locals into D-II track and field nationals

Bill Beckner

After placing fifth last year at the NCAA Division II Track and Field Championships, pole vaulter Courtney McQuaide will get another shot to raise the bar.

A redshirt senior from Slippery Rock and a former outdoor national champion in her event, McQuaide is one of 16 athletes from the PSAC headed to nationals set for March 8-9 at Pittsburg State University in Kansas.

The Greensburg Salem graduate was an All-American last season during the indoor and outdoors seasons. This appearance will be her sixth at the national level.

Her season-best mark of 3.95 meters (12 feet, 11.5 inches) is the eighth-best vault in the nation this season.

Other former WPIAL athletes bound for nationals out of the PSAC include Cal (Pa.) senior Jae’Len Means (Gateway) in the 200-meter dash, and IUP junior Christian Jones (Laurel Highlands) in the high jump.

Here is the complete list of national qualifiers from the PSAC:



Kirsten O’Malley, Sr., triple jump


Stefanie Parsons, So., mile run


Sunflower Greene, Sr., shot put, weight throw


Abby Wagner, R-Sr., triple jump

Zarria Williams, Jr., long jump

Slippery Rock

Maddy Marshall Jr., pole vault

Courtney McQuaide, R-Sr. (Greensburg Salem), pole vault

West Chester

Caroline Lewis, So., long jump, pentathlon


Cal U

Jae’Len Means, Sr. (Gateway), 200-meter dash


Andre Carr, Fr., 60-meter dash

Derek Horton, Sr., pole vault

Christian Jones, Jr. (Laurel Highlands), high jump

Seton Hill

Dontay Jacobs, Sr., 400-meter run


Charles Bowman, R-Jr., 60-meter hurdles

Shamar Jenkins, R-Fr., triple jump

West Chester

Ralph Casper, So., shot put

Bill Beckner Jr. is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Bill by email at [email protected] or via Twitter .

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