BETHANY, W.VA. – Prior to the start of the 2016 outdoor track & field season, Waynesburg University was predicted to finish in fifth place in the Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) coaches' poll. The Yellow Jackets proved the conference prognosticators wrong at this weekend's championship meet.
Powered by its deep stable of accomplished distance runners and the best thrower in the conference, Waynesburg edged Westminster for its second PAC title since 2013. The Jackets piled up 145 team points, besting the Titans by just three points (142). Both programs unseated the two-time defending champions from Grove City, which placed third after compiling 96 points.
Despite competing in just her second meet of the season, sophomore Addy Knetzer not only played a role in Waynesburg's winning effort, but earned her second-straight Field MVP award.
Knetzer, a Chartiers-Houston graduate, won the shot put in meet and school-record fashion (42-10.25), finished second in the javelin (126-10) and was third in the discus (116-05). Knetzer also qualified for the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference (ECAC) Championships in both the javelin and shot put.
She is the league's first two-time Field MVP since former Jacket standout and current assistant coach Krystal Hanley (Baker) won the award in 2010 and 2012.
(photo courtesy of Waynesburg University)