The No. 11 men’s gymnastics team placed fifth in team competition at the West Point Open Saturday. The Owls finished behind four other ranked teams: Penn State, Iowa, Nebraska and Army.
Two-time all-American Nyika White posted a score of 9.675 on rings, the highest score for the event. White finished first among all entrants on rings with a score of 9.800. Senior Jose Ramos finished second on floor exercise with a score of 9.500.
Ramos and freshman Luke Vexler competed in four events each, leading the Owls to fifth-place finishes on pommel horse (33.400) and floor exercise (34.950), a sixth-place finish on vault (36.050) and seventh-place finishes on parallel bars (32.500) and high bars (33.550).
WOMEN’S TRACK AND FIELD
The women’s track team participated in two meets last weekend in split squad competition. While half of the team traveled to the Bucknell Bison Open for a two-day meet, the rest of the squad competed at the Penn State National Open.
At Bucknell, freshman Cheryl Anscombe finished seventh in the 60-meter final with a season-best time of 7.99 seconds. Two seniors, Farren Benson and Tanesha Shelton, also performed well in their individual heats. Benson won her 400-meter heat (1:02.05). Shelton posted a season-best in the 800-meter with a time of 2:23.17.
Senior Rachel Clinton was the Owls’ top performer at Penn State, running a season-best time of 8.65 in the 60-meter hurdles. Her time placed sixth in the event.
The women’s track team returns to competition this weekend when the University of Maryland Eastern Shore hosts the Hawk Games.
Junior Ana Maslesa was the only bright spot in the women’s tennis team’s season-opening 6-1 loss to Penn State on Saturday. Maslesa was the only Owl to win, defeating Maaria Husain in straight sets (6-2, 6-4) in No. 1 singles. Penn State was victorious in all five other singles matches.
Despite a tightly-contested finish in one match, the Owls were swept, 3-0, in doubles competition. Maslesa and Yuri Kurashima were defeated (9-8, 7-5) in the doubles opener.
A-10 COMMISSIONER’S HONOR ROLL
Last week 49 Temple student-athletes were named to the A-10 Commissioner’s Honor Roll for their academic achievements in the fall semester. They were honored for posting 3.5 GPAs or better for the semester. Previously, the award was given on a yearly basis and to any student with a 3.0 GPA or higher.