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Alumni Update - Ashley West (Slippery Rock)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

ALLENDALE, Mich.– The Slippery Rock University women's track and field team secured its second All-America finish in the last two daysWest SRU when Ashley West placed eighth in the high jump Friday at the NCAA Division II National Championships at Grand Valley State University.

West earned first team All-America honors from the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association for her eighth place finish after clearing an outdoor personal best height of 1.73 meters (5' 8").

This marks the second career All-America finish for West and the first during the outdoor season. The junior previously earned an All-America award for an eighth place finish at the indoor national meet two years ago in her freshman season.

She is the second Slippery Rock female in the last two days to be named an All-American after Kaitlyn Clark earned second team honors with a 12th place finish in the pole vault Thursday on the first day of competition.

The USTFCCCA awards first team All-America honors to the top eight individual finishers at the national meet, while finishers 9-12 are awarded second team All-America honors.

West, a Pine-Richland graduate, opened the competition by missing her first attempt at the opening height of 1.60 meters (5' 3"). She then cleared on her second try to advance to 1.65 meters (5' 5"), where she cleared on her first attempt. 

 

(photo courtesy of Slippery Rock University)

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Track: Pine-Richland hurdler adapts, then excels

Written by Joe Koch on .

Joe Koch profiles Pine-Richland hurdler Kat Quigley.

2015 0515 PineRichland GTrack(Photo: Pine-Richland's Kat Quigley, one of the top hurdlers in the WPIAL, is on her way to winning the 100-meter hurdles title April 17 at the Butler Invitational. Pam Panchak/Post-Gazette)

"Two years ago, when she and her Pine-Richland High School track and field teammates were holding an impromptu workout on the football field at Pine-Richland inside a snow-covered track, Kat Quigley relished an opportunity presented to her.

"We had some hurdles up on the field," recalled Rams coach Bill Crummy, now in his 20th year as the program's head track coach. "Kat wasn't normally with my group, but she started to go over the hurdles and I was surprised and pleased with what I saw."

Maybe, it isn't quite the same as the U.S. Olympic ice hockey team's victory against the Soviet Union at the 1980 Winter Olympics, but, like that team, Quigley lived up to the notion that — as coach Herb Brooks said — "Great moments are born from great opportunities."

How great is the opportunity presented to Quigley?"

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Track: Host Rams win Pine-Richland Invitational

Written by Brittany Goncar on .

The host team won the Pine-Richland Invitational last Friday.

The Pine-Richland girls racked 71 points to defeat Burrell (54) and Canon-McMillan (53) at their home invitational.

Senior Kat Quigley led the way taking first in the 100- and 300-meter hurdles.

Sydney Pellegrini also earned a gold medal with a leap of 16 feet, 5 1/2 inches in the long jump.