CARLISLE, Pa. - Franklin & Marshall hurlers Alyssa Catalano and Erin Gleason opened the outdoor season by picking up where they left off in the indoor seasons. The Diplomats duo combined to sweep all three throwing events at the Annual Little Three, hosted by Dickinson on Sunday. Franklin & Marshall finished in third place behind Dickinson and Gettysburg.
Catalano and Gleason went one-two in the shot put and reversed order in the discus. Gleason also won the javelin with Catalano taking fourth. In the shot, Catalano's heave of 38' 7.75" gave her almost two feet on Gleason's 36' 10.5", and nearly six feet on the rest of the competition.
Gleason crushed the competition in both the Discus and Javelin. Gleason hurled the disc 118' 11", with Catalano coming in second at 92'-even. Third place went to Dickinson's Leslie Ward, at 84' 4". Gleason's Javelin throw of 99' 7" was nearly 20 feet better than second place competitor, Vanessa Pabon's (Gettysburg) 79' 9". Catalano threw 74' 6" for fourth.
F&M had additional success in the field events. First-year Catherine Westerduin won the long jump outdistancing Gettysburg's Erin McInerney. Westerduin leapt 15' 2", while McInerney put up a 14' 9.75" mark.
F&M failed to produce a first place finish on the track, but enjoyed several strong performances from the class of 2012. First-year, Caitlin Regan, crossed the finish line .10 seconds behind Gettysburg's Megan Murphy in the 400. Murphy logged a 1:02.74. Regan's classmate, Henley Seigrist, went second in the 200-meter dash at 27.31, crossing .45 seconds after Dickinson's Jasmine Ford.
The Diplomats return to action on Saturday at Widener.