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Indoor track sees early season success

Story first appeared in the Jan. 29 edition of the Spectator.

Brianne Dietrich sat out last indoor season as the multi-event athlete was taking a redshirt year.

This season Dietrich is trying to make up for lost time.

The Brookville, Pennsylvania native started the 2014-15 indoor track and field season off the right way by winning the Mike Kowal Pentathlon on Dec. 12 by accumulating 3,456 points.

Dietrich piloted herself to the first-place finish by winning the 60-meter hurdles and the long jump, earning a NCAA provisional mark in both the long jump and the pentathlon.

“We were very happy with that,” head coach Anne Carlson said during a team training session last week at the Zafirovski Sports & Recreation Dome. “She did exactly what we talked about. We wanted provisional marks in the pent and the long jump. We knew we weren’t going to put up marks that early that were actually going to get her into the meet, but we wanted to show everyone that she was ready that she was capitalize on what she did a year ago.”

Sophomore Taylor Pompei was also represented Edinboro at the event, accumulating 2,373 points, enough to finish eighth, as she set a personal record in the shot put and long jump.

Edinboro also hosted the Al Hall Freedom Games on Jan. 17 which turned into an opportunity for other Scots to show what they have.

Senior Allison Gibbens took first-place in the 400-meter dash with a time of 59.01. Also freshman distance runner Bekkah Bond, who Carlson has high hopes for, won the 800-meter run clocking in at 2:21.

“We expect to see bigger things from her in the 800 moving forward,” she said about the Malone, New York native. “She is going to run 800’s, the 400, the 4×4 [relay], the 1200 and the distance medley. She is going to run a lot different things for us. We are going to get a lot of use out of her, but she is a tough girl. She can handle it.”

Three other freshman who proved they can handle themselves at the collegiate level are Hilari Norris, Alexis Hanes and Sydney Black. The trio earned individual third-place finishes in the 60-meter hurdles, high jump and triple jump, respectively.

Cross-country All-American Kasey Jones earned registered the best finish for a Boro competitor at the North Coast Indoor Open on Jan. 24 at Spire Institute in Geneva, Ohio. Jones won the 3000m run in 10:09.45.

Also, a trio of Scots cashed in fourth-place finishes on Saturday. Black finished fourth in the triple-jump, Norris in the 60m hurdles and Dietrich in the 400m dash.

The early success it great news for Carlson, but she wants just a little more.

“The biggest thing is we for those people who haven’t hit the conference mark to do that. We had people who are very close. We need them to push to get the conference qualifying standards because we cannot do anything at the conference meet if we don’t have people there. That is the biggest thing. Some of the people in the 400 and our throwers need to push to get those conference qualifying standards so we can move on from there.”

Edinboro returns to Geneva, Ohio this Saturday for the Midwest Indoor Open.

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