TOWSON, Md. – With the CAA Championships on the horizon, the University of Delaware track & field team continues to get better and better and compete neck-and-neck with the conference’s best.


Saturday was no different with the Blue Hens posting five victories, two by junior Ashley Bailey, en route to a second-place showing at the Towson Invitational, nipping at the heels of the defending CAA Champion, Towson.


“It was a great day for the meet and it allowed us to have some tremendous performances from different student-athletes throughout the day,” head coach Wendy McFarlane-Smith said. “They were fired up to perform against the defending champions and I think we have some good vibes going right now as a team. We have a lot to be proud of today and I feel like we’re continuing to build up to our conference championships in a few weeks.”


Bailey, a Middletown, Del. native, kept her incredible season rolling with two more wins on the weekend to make it nine on the year, eight of which have come in the pole vault.


This time, Bailey broke her own school record by clearing 13’ 2 ¼” to win the event and to put her in the top-50 in the country. In addition, she stepped in and won the long jump with an ECAC qualifying mark of 18’ 8 ½”, which also places her fourth-best in program history.


Delaware got another big showing in the throws events with junior Alexis Lipnicky unleashed a winning heave of 143’ 1” in the javelin, which is a new career best by nearly 13 feet, qualifies her for the ECAC Championships and places her third in program history. She led the Blue Hens in taking four of the top-five spots in the event.


In addition, freshman Myrissa McFolling-Young took third in the shot put (43’ 3”) and second in the discus (144’ 10”), while Melissa Zegeer grabbed a third place finish in the hammer (159’ 5”).


Junior Carly Pettipaw had a big day with a career best time of 2:09.75 in the 800m to win the event and earn a spot at the ECAC Championships. Her time places her third best in school history and the second best in the CAA this spring, next to only her teammate Liz McGroarty.


She also stepped in and ran the anchor leg of the 4x400 relay, along with Nadia Khoury, London Freeland and Michaela Meyer to claim third with a season-best time of 3:49.34.


Pettipaw’s teammate Angie Spadaccini claimed fourth in the 800m with a time of 2:13.70, a new personal best and the seventh-best time in school history.


Bailey led a trio of Blue Hens to take 1-2-3 in the pole vault with Jenny Hineman taking second (11’ 5 ¾”) and Rachel Moroknek hitting a career-best with 11’ 5 ¾”, good for a top-10 mark in program history.


The final victory of the day came from senior Madeline Berman, who raced to the top spot in the 5000m with a time of 18:57.46, which is a career best for the Cherry Hill, N.J. native.


Freeland added a top-two showing in the 400m hurdles with a time of 1:02.21, which ranks fourth-best in the CAA so far this spring.


Up next, Delaware heads to the Larry Ellis Invitational, hosted by Princeton University next Friday and Saturday, April 20th and 21st.