MEADVILLE, Pa. -- Point Park University women's track and field ended its outdoor season on Friday at the Allegheny Gators Invitational. It was the last chance for individuals to qualify for the NAIA outdoor national championship coming up later this month.
Although there were no new NAIA qualifiers for the Pioneers, there was a school record set, and it was the end to another strong year for a program that was in just its third year of existence in 2016-17.
Lauren Bower broke her own school record in the 400-meter hurdles. She did so with a time of 1:08.53 to place ninth. She was all-conference in that event this year.
Olukemi Olugbakinro finished up the season with strong showings in both the 200 and 400 meters. She was third in the 200 at 26.52 seconds and sixth in the 400 at 1:01.44.
Anna Shields posted another strong time in the 800 meters at 2:10.10. She placed second in that event at Allegheny with Sarah Berger of Walsh University, who ranks in the Top 10 of NCAA Division II, placing first. Shields has qualified for NAIA outdoor nationals in the 800, 1,500 and 5,000, and she ranks second in the country in all three events.
Katie Guarnaccia placed fourth in the 5,000 meters with a time of 18:30. She has qualified for NAIA outdoor nationals in the 10,000 meters and ranks 16th nationally in the event. She qualified for the 10,000 last year as well.
The Pioneers had two athletes place in the 100-meter hurdles with Jahniah McAllister leading the way in fourth place at 15.83 seconds. Bower was right behind in fifth at 15.93.
Kiana Daley placed in the discus with a distance of 36.76 meters. That was good for seventh place.
Point Park's national outdoor qualifiers Shields and Guarnaccia look ahead to the NAIA Outdoor Track & Field National Championships May 25-27 at Gulf Shores, Ala. Follow PointParkSports.com for information leading up to the meet.
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