HIGH POINT, N.C. – Kayla Schneider set a personal record in the 3,000-meter steeplechase to lead Appalachian State University women's track and field at the High Point VertKlasse Meeting on Saturday.
Schneider ran the event in a time of 11:11.16, the fifth-best mark in Appalachian State history, to finish third in the event while Caitlyn Colo took eighth with a time of 12:39.25.
In all, the Mountaineers saw nine performers turn in personal records as the squad posted 30 top-19 finishes on the day.
The Apps were particularly impressive in the discus throw and pole vault competition, placing five athletes in the top-10 in each event. Jasmine Suydam let the discus contingent with a toss of 41.25 meters (135-4) while Ana DeLeon finished fourth with a toss of 38.28 meters (125-7). Jocelyn Parnell, Katherine Lenhart and Brianna Tate finished sixth, eighth and ninth, respectively.
Cassie Crawford paced the Mountaineers in the pole vault with a fourth-place showing after posting a mark of 3.72 meters (12-2.5) while Debra Domermuth, Audrey Diener, Chelsea Farr and Meredith Wilson each notched a vault of 3.42 meters (11-2.5) to finish fifth thru eighth. The performances by Diener and Wilson were personal records for the duo.
Appalachian also dominated the hammer throw as Parnell, Tate and Suydam finished sixth, eighth and ninth while Suydam took third in the shot put and Tate set a new personal record in the event with a toss of 12.83 (41-1.25).
In other field events, DeAnne Tiplady finished fourth in the javelin where teammates Parnell and Brittany Pierce took seventh and eighth. Pierce's mark of 34.39 meters (112-10) was a new personal best for the senior.
Mary Theresa Montgomery rounded out the field performances with a fifth-place showing in the high jump with a leap of 1.6 meters (5-3).
On the track, Breahna Morrison and Taryn Stern set new personal records in the 100-meter dash and 800-meter run, respectively. Morrison clocked in at 12.57 seconds to take fifth while Stern posted a time of 2:17.20. Shelby Howell took second in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:10.50. Howell's time marked a new personal record, is the fourth-best in school history, the second-best mark in the SoCon this season and qualifies her for US Junior Nationals later this year.
Morrison also finished seventh in the 400-meter dash with a time of 58.29 seconds and Samantha Campanaro took ninth in the 1,500-meter run in the participation section with a time of 4:53.56. Destine' Kirkman took seventh in the 800-meter run in the participation section with a mark of 2:22.47.
The Mountaineers' performance was rounded out by a fifth-place finish in the 4x400-meter relay as the team of Breanna Alston, Howell, Stern and Morrison finished in a time of 3:54.15.
The Mountaineers will host their first home meet of the season next Saturday when they team up with Western Carolina to take on East Carolina and UNC Wilmington in the annual Beaches vs. Mountains meet.