Melissa Stewart Crushes Own DU Record At A-10's
May 3, 2003
Richmond, Virginia - Freshman Melissa Stewart (Indiana, PA / Indiana) led Duquesne's women's outdoor track and field teams to a third place spot after the first day of the Atlantic 10 Championships on Saturday at Sports Backers Stadium in the city of Richmond. Stewart won the discus throw with an NCAA-qualifying toss of 47.55 meters (156 feet 0 inches) - the mark needed for the NCAA regionals is 150 feet even.
Sophomore Sarah Fetterman (Elysburg, Pa. / Southern Columbia) also set a new school record in the pole vault with a jump of 10 feet 6.25 inches. The prior record was 10'6" set four times this season by freshman Emily Baker (Pittsburgh, Pa. / Baldwin) and Fetterman, who hit that height three times.
Sophomore Kristen Micsky (Greenville, PA/Reynolds) and junior Erica DaCosta (Hudson, NH / Alvirne) grabbed silver medals. DaCosta placed second in the javelin throw with a mark of 40.58 meters (133'02.00"). Micksy, who also brought in five points in the long jump, placed second with a high jump of 1.65 meters (5'05.00").
Junior Nicole Wiley (New Castle, Del. / Padua Academy) put in the third best time in the preliminaries of the 100 meter high hurdles; the finals will be run Sunday.
Stewart, this week's A-10 Co-Rookie of the Week, crushed her own Duquesne record today. The Indiana, PA native had set the school standard at the Akron Quadrangular on April 19, 2003 with a throw of 139 feet 7 inches. She broke her own score at the Baldwin Wallace Invitational one week ago with a toss of 143' 0.00" which qualifed her for the ECAC (141'1").
The Dukes' 48.00 points trails host Richmond's 56.50. Defending title-holder Rhode Island holds a commanding lead with 113.50 points. Massachusetts, which is considering changing their nickname from the Minutemen/women, is in fourth place with 35.00 points.
The competition continues Sunday morning at 8:45 a.m. All Atlantic 10 individual champions automatically qualify for NCAA Regional competition, scheduled for May 30-31.