Women's Indoor Track Finishes Program-Best Second Place at MAC Championships, Panek Named Rookie of the Year

Women's Indoor Track Finishes Program-Best Second Place at MAC Championships, Panek Named Rookie of the Year

BETHLEHEM, Pa. - The Stevenson women's indoor track and field team took second overall in the team standings at the Middle Atlantic Conference Championships, which is its highest finish at the meet in program history. The Mustangs' school-record team score of 125 was second only to Misericordia, who won its third conference championship in the last four seasons with 150 points. 

Freshman Rachel Panek took home Rookie of the Year honors for the Mustangs. This is the second time in as many years that Stevenson has took home Rookie of the Year honors. Sophomore Danika Ani won the award at the 2017 MAC Indoor Championships.

Panek took second overall and earned All-MAC Second team honors in the pentathlon with a school-record 3014 points, which was highlighted by her first-place performance in the 60m hurdles where she clocked a school-record time of 9.46 seconds. Panek took second overall in each of the other four events, which included the high jump (1.48m), shot put (9.48m), long jump (4.71m) and the 800 where she set a new personal best with a time of 2:35.76. Outside of the pentathlon, Panek took seventh in the 60m hurdles finals with a 10.02 and was also a part of the 4x200m relay team that set a school record and took second overall on the first day of the meet. 

Sophomore Dyonne Hicks took first overall and earned first team honors in the triple jump with a school-record hop, skip and jump of 11.33 meters. Hicks also took fifth in the 60m hurdles finals with a time of 9.75.

Sophomore Kimberly Hammond won both the 200m dash and 60m dash with personal-best times of 26.57 and 7.96 seconds, earning her first team honors in both events. Freshman Shayri Perez matched her personal-best time of 8.09 to take fourth in the 60. Hicks placed eighth in the 200 with a personal-best time of 27.24.

Ani placed second in the shot put with a season-best toss of 13.28 meters, which earned her second team honors. Ani's throw is currently second-best in the Mideast region.  Junior Jess Rega took fourth place with a 12.40, while sophomore Kiarra Nowell tossed an 11.83 to take seventh.

In the 4x400, Hammond, freshman Allison Krahe, Hicks and freshman Ryley Hinson clocked a combined time of 4:10.47 to take second place and second team honors. 

Krahe also set a new school record in the 800 with a time of 2:25.89, giving her fifth overall in the event. Due to the track size, her time has been converted to 2:24.23, which qualifies her for next week's ECAC Indoor Championships. 

The Mustangs finished the meet with a total of 11 All-MAC honorees, including four on the All-MAC First team. 

Stevenson continues its record-setting season at the ECAC Indoor Championships, held at The Armory in New York City, starting Friday, March 2 through Saturday, March 3.