Edinboro sophomore Tabitha Bemis, a Quaker Valley High School graduate, was named the Most Outstanding Women's Field Athlete and Most Outstanding Overall Women's Athlete at the 2012 PSAC Outdoor Track & Field Championships.
The event concluded on Saturday at Bloomsburg University, with Bemis winning the two awards after previously doing so at the indoor championships in February.
Bemis concluded a brilliant three-day showing Saturday with a first place finish in the triple jump and a second place in the 100-meter hurdles, posting NCAA provisional figures in both.
Just as she won on Friday in the last jump of the long jump, Bemis did so again on Saturday as she nailed a jump of 12.14 meters (39’10”) in the triple jump. That was good for first place and was an NCAA provisional qualifying jump.
She added a second place finish in the 100-meter hurdles, as she was just edged by Shippesnburg’s Caitlin Stuetz in the finals. In a photo finish, Stuetz’ time was 14.08 seconds while Bemis finished at 14.09. That still bettered her school-record time of 1.422 in the prelims.
Bemis also helped Edinboro earn points in the 4x400-meter relay, as the foursome of Bemis, Brianne Dietrich, Noelle Jurcak and Kat Faller finished fifth with a time of 3:56.46.
With Bemis leading the way Edinboro came away with a sixth place finish in the 14-team field, one of its best showings in years. Shippensburg captured first place with 189 points to easily outdistance second place East Stroudsburg (101.5 points). Slippery Rock was third with 93.5 points. Edinboro totaled 51 points.
(photo courtesy of Edinboro University)