Shippensburg’s Neely Spence Breaks PSAC Record in 3,000-Meters

Courtesy: Bill Morgal, Shippensburg Sports Information

February 1, 2009   

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LEWISBURG, Pa. – One day after anchoring the Shippensburg DMR team to the best time in PSAC history, freshman Neely Spence set another conference record on Saturday afternoon from the Bison Open & Multi at Bucknell by establishing the best 3,000-meter run to date by more than five seconds with a time of 9:42.25.

Shippensburg posted three other first-place finishes on Saturday in addition to Spence’s run, as junior Mary Dell, sophomore Erica Hess and sophomore Emily Dubs each earned top marks in their respective events.

Dell, another integral member of the record-setting DMR team, edged rival Priscilla Jennings of Millersville by 0.40 seconds to win the 800-meter run with a new school record and a PSAC season-best time of 2:14.49 that was just one second short of an automatic qualifier. Dell improved upon her own school record in the event by 0.14 seconds.

Meanwhile, Hess won a 400-meter dash for the third consecutive week, edging the competition with a time of PSAC season-best 58.15 seconds. Hess’s time surpassed the previous conference-best time of sophomore Laura Henzy, who finished third on Saturday in 58.97 seconds.

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