Appiah-Padi Wins Shot Put Competition with Effort of 35' 1/2"
ALLENTOWN, Pa. — Maafio Appiah-Padi (Edmonton, Alberta/Lewisburg Area) and Kamillah Smith (Northampton, Mass./Amherst Regional) accounted for Goucher's two biggest highlights tonight at the Muhlenberg Invitational.
One was Appiah-Padi's first-place finish in the shot put competition as not one of the other 11 entrants could match her top effort of 35' 1/2", which she accomplished on her third attempt. During the event finals, her put of 33'10 1/4" was also the best among the nine who advanced.
The other was Smith in the 55-meter dash, where she finished as runner-up behind Danisha Higgs from Albright, who was clocked at 7.42 seconds. Smith came in 6-hundredths of a second later, but her time of 7.48 seconds is a new indoor school record for the event, breaking the former mark of 7.53 seconds established in February 2012 by Destiny Phillips.
The Gophers also produced the runner-up in the mile run where Katherine Currier (Brooklyn, N.Y./LaGuardia) posted a time of 5:33.66, the second-fastest time for the mile in program history. Zoe Malkin (Watchung, N.J./Watchung Hills Regional) also competed in the mile and placed eighth overall (6:13.65).
Goucher had three runners among the top eight finishers in the 55-meter hurdles: Jaclyn Kellon (Cleveland Heights, Ohio/St. Peter Chanel) in third place (9.43 seconds), Danielle Granger (Amherst, Va./Amherst County) in fifth (10.19 seconds) and Stephanie Correa (Frederick, Md./Tuscarora) in seventh (10.32 seconds).
Kellon and Smith finished 3-4 behind a pair of Albright runners in the 200-meter dash. Kellon's time in the event was 28.24 seconds; Smith's was 28.28 seconds.
Hallie Yarmus (Groton, Mass./F.W. Parker Charter) and Jewell Porter (Silver Spring, Md./John F. Kennedy) both took seventh place in an event: Yarmus in the 800-meter run (2:48.78) and Porter in the 400-meter dash (1:12.50).
Goucher's entry of Malkin, Christine Cherry (Laurel, Md./Meade), Yarmus and Currier finished third in the 4 x 800-meter relay as it registered a time of 11:27.69. In the 4 x 400-meter relay, the foursome of Granger, Correa, Porter and Kellon was clocked at 4:44.38, good for fourth place.