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Moravian Takes Team Titles At Landmark Indoor Track & Field Championships

Moravian Takes Team Titles At Landmark Indoor Track & Field Championships

SELINSGROVE, Pa. – The Moravian College women’s track and field team continued its dominance of the event while the Moravian men’s team reclaimed the title after a year hiatus at the 2010 Landmark Conference Indoor Track & Field Championships held Saturday afternoon at Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove, Pa.

The Moravian women picked up 210 points for its third title in as many seasons, finishing 42 points ahead of Susquehanna which earned 168. Juniata College claimed third with 58 points, narrowly outdistancing The Catholic University of America which collected 51 points for a fourth-place finish. Goucher College was fifth with 51, while the United States Merchant Marine Academy placed sixth with one point.

For the men, Moravian rode six individual titles and a balanced scoring attack to post 215 points for its second title in three years. Susquehanna was the runner-up on the men’s side with 143, followed by Juniata with 104. Catholic and Goucher had a tight battle at fourth and fifth with Goucher finishing four points ahead with 30 in the fourth spot, and Catholic placing fifth with 26. USMMA rounded out the scoring with six points.

The Greyhound women then nearly swept the individual awards as Rachel Beck was named the Track Athlete of the Year and Anna Heim earned Field Athlete of the Year honors. Moravian and Head Coach Walt Wandall were also recognized as the Coaching Staff of the Year. Juniata’s Angela Shaffer prevented a Moravian sweep as she collected Rookie of the Year accolades.

The individual awards on the men’s side were more evenly dispersed. Susquehanna’s Paul Thistle collected Track Athlete of the Year honors as he placed first in three individual events. His teammate Bobby Eppleman was Field Athlete of the Year, while Goucher’s Will Evans garnered Rookie of the Year recognition. Wandall and his staff matched their win on the men’s side by earning Coaching Staff of the Year for the men.

Beck was the only multi-event winner for the Greyhound women, but the team collected seven individual event wins and placed first in a pair of relays. Beck crossed the line first in the 55-meter dash in a time of 7.46 and then added a win in the 200-meter with a time of 26.83. Meanwhile Heim set a new Landmark indoor record and automatically qualified for the NCAA Championships with her winning performance of 4.10-meters in the pole vault.

Other Moravian winners included Symonne Scott who set a new Landmark record in the long jump, posting a mark of 5.51-meters to get the day started for the Greyhounds. Katelyn Chando added a victory in the 400 in a time of 1:01.11 and Jessica Posimo ran 8.62 to win the 55-meter hurdles. Finally Micah Leonard was first in the triple jump and posted an NCAA provisional qualifying mark of 11.31. Beck, Scott and Posimo were joined by Rachel Riggs to run 1:47.05 to win the 4x200-meter relay, while Heim and Chando teamed with Kristina Ruggiero and Lisa Williamson to win the 4x400-meter relay in a time of 4:16.51

Shaffer claimed Rookie of the Year honors on the strength of a win the high jump in a leap of 1.52-meters, and then added a second in the 55-meter hurdles.

Susquehanna collected three wins in individual competition. Caitlin Anderson earned a win for host Susquehanna, besting the field with a mark of 13.23-meters. Alycia Woodruff and Casey Hess then swept the distance events with Woodruff winning the mile in a time of 5:18.19 and Hess running 18:23.32.

Catholic also had two individual wins and a pair of relay wins to cap the victories. Kelly Carioto broke her own Landmark record with a best toss of 11.91-meters to win the shot put. Laura Kinley then collected a win in the 800-meters by running a time of 2:27.60. Kinley also teamed with Melanie Mulkern, Ashley Suermann and Remy Ball to win the distance medley relay in a time of 13:12.89. Ball, Suermann and Kinley then joined with Meghan Dietzler to place first in the 4x800-meter relay by running 10:17.27.

On the men’s side Thistle controlled the distance events on the day, winning the 800-meter, the mile run and the 5,000-meter run. He ran 1:55.10 to set a new Landmark record in the 800, posted a time of 4:25.00 to capture the mile, and then ran 15:27.67 in winning the 5,000-meter. Eppleman’s Field Athlete of the Year honor came after he won the high jump with a leap of 1.83 and added a second-place finish in the long jump, a fourth-place finish in the triple jump and a fifth-place finish in the pole vault. Susquehanna then closed the meet with a win in the 4x400-meter relay with Thistle teaming with Ross Koehler, Chance King and Ben Wilson in a winning time of 3:32.44.

Moravian also had a multi-event winner en route to its title as Eric Woodruff crossed the line first in both the 55-meter dash and the 200-meter dash. He ran 6.56 in the 55 and then posted a time of 22.17 to win the 200. The rest of Moravian’s wins came in the field events where the team captured wins in four events. Timothy Layng gave Moravian a win in the pole vault with a best effort of 4.55-meters. Travis King leapt 13.66 meters to set a new Landmark record and win the triple jump, while Christian Seebode had the longest toss of 12.55-meters to win the shot put. Jonathan Heberling rounded out the wins with a first-place jump of 6.74-meters in the long jump. The Greyhounds added two relay wins on the day, as the quartet of Woodruff, Kyle D’Angelo, Nicco Dalpiaz and Warner Jones won the 4x200-meter relay running 1:32.67. The team then added a win in 4x800-meter relay with Steve Parisi, Jacob Tazik, Steve Ambrosi and Alex Macri running 8:11.06.

The remaining individual titles went to Juniata which placed first in three events and won a relay. T.J. Breya collected a pair of wins, running 51.16 to place first in the 400-meter and then winning the 55-meter hurdles with a time of 8.01. His teammate Ryan Johnson was tops in the weight throw, posting a best toss of 13.15 meters. Juniata also opened the track competition with the foursome of Ceth Parker, Alex Shope, Ryan Trexler and Matthew Bailey winning the distance medley relay in a time of 10:53.36.

Landmark competitors will now have until March 6 to qualify for the NCAA Division III Championships, with the field to be announced on March 8. The Championships will begin Friday March 12 at DePauw University in Greencastle, Ind.