Cope, Buckley Win Twilight Invite Titles

Cope, Buckley Win Twilight Invite Titles

GWYNEDD VALLEY, Pa. – The Ursinus College women's track and field team captured two individual victories and a litany of other impressive performances at Gwynedd Mercy's Mid-Week Twilight Invitational on Wednesday.

Sophomores Morgan Cope (pole vault) and Caroline Buckley (triple jump) were the champions for the Bears. Cope registered an outdoor personal best 9-4.50 – good for seventh in the Centennial Conference – to claim top prize in the pole vault, while Buckley's triple jump leap of 33-7.50 moved her into the top five in the conference with a new season best.

Though it did not deliver first place, Buckley's best effort came in the long jump, where she shattered her previous personal best with a 16-1 that earned her a runner-up spot. Former Ursinus standout Krista Synder '16 placed third in the event.

Cope, meanwhile, logged a career-best 4-5.00 to finish ninth in the high jump, where freshman Charley Darkes-Burkey secured an outdoor season-high 4-3.50.

Junior Jenna Kelly also obliterated her personal record in the 800-meter run, marking a time of 2:24.60 for a second-place showing. Classmate Katherine Damato's 2:30.58 was also easily a new collegiate best.

Junior Catherine Buczek registered a personal record in the 100-meter dash, crossing the finish line 10th in 13.65 seconds.

Buczek and Damato joined senior Erin Farrell and freshman Kira Miller to take third in the 4x100-meter relay, their clocking of 51.43 good for fourth in the CC.

Senior Samantha Innes posted a collegiate P.R. of 20:51.94 and finished eighth in the 5000-meter run.

Freshman Sophia Simones uncorked a toss of 105-2 in her first go at the hammer throw, enough to land her in seventh on the conference performance list and third overall.

Sophomore Briana Campbell recorded an outdoor-best 29-7.25 to finish 16th overall in the shot put, and senior Erin Specht achieved a personal record of 28-1 in the event.

Freshman Catherine Curran shaved nearly a second off her previous collegiate best to finish second in the 400-meter hurdles (1:12.87).

The Bears travel to Bethlehem for Moravian's Greyhound Invitational on Saturday, April 15.