SELINSGROVE, Pa. – In the early going it appeared as though the 2011 Landmark Indoor Track & Field Championships might have a different result but at the end of the day things ended the way they have in three of the four Landmark seasons with Moravian College sweeping the men's and women's titles Saturday in Selinsgrove, Pa.
The Moravian women picked up 201.5 points for its fourth title in as many seasons, and though this was one of the closest the Greyhounds were in control for most of the day. Susquehanna University placed second with 121.5 points, followed by Juniata College with 101. The Catholic University of America placed fourth with 46, followed by Goucher with 40 and the United States Merchant Marine Academy with 11.
On the men's side the Greyhounds dominated on the track, winning each event and also adding two field event wins to compile 230.25 points and earn their third title in four years. Susquehanna was second for the men as well with 125.5 while USMMA posted its best-ever finish by placing third with 67 points. Juniata placed fourth with 52, followed by Goucher with 31 and Catholic collecting 20.25.
The Moravian women then earned their share of individual awards as Cadee Rockwell was named the Track Athlete of the Year and Micah Leonard was tabbed the Field Athlete of the Year. Juniata freshman Katrina Woods garnered Rookie of the Year accolades while the Moravian coaching staff led by Head Coach Walt Wandall and Juniata's staff led by Jon Cutright were honored as Coaching Staffs of the Year.
Two-event winner Eric Woodruff of Moravian was honored with his efforts with Track Athlete of the Year on the men's side, and his teammate Kristopher Joint was one of three competitors to split Rookie of the Year honors. Susquehanna's Ken Schetroma was picked as the Field Athlete of the Year and his teammate Brendon Albaugh was another Rookie of the Year honoree. Doug Falk of Goucher was also selected as Rookie of the Year and USMMA Head Coach Greg Lott and his staff received Coaching Staff of the Year honors.
Rockwell and Leonard led the way for the Moravian women with each winning a pair of events. Rockwell set a new Landmark record time of 5:09.67 to win the mile and then added a win in the 5,000 by running 18:12.70. Leonard also set a Landmark record as she won the long jump with a leap of 5.58-meters and then doubled up with a win in the triple by 11.47-meters to also best the Landmark record.
Those were hardly the only wins for the Greyhounds who had four other individual wins on the day. Kristina Ruggiero ran 2:22.95 to win the 800, while Alyssa Wert and Lisa Williamson won the 200 and 55-meter dash respectively with times of 27.00 and 7.69. Abigail Schaffer also gave the team a win in the pole vault and recorded an NCAA automatic qualifying height of 4.00-meters. Moravian's 4x200-meter relay also placed first with Wert and Williamson joining with Brigid Walker and Nokukhanya Langa to run a winning time of 1:48.58.
Juniata's Angela Shaffer also had two wins on the day as she bested the field in the high jump by clearing 1.57-meters and then ran 8.75 to win the 55-meter hurdles. The Eagles also won the distance medley relay with Casey Hoffman, Mary Howser, Caroline Morgan, and Megan McQuillan running a time of 13:02.25. The Eagles also claimed a win in the 4x800 relay with Woods, Hoffman and McQuillan combining with Alyssa Grube for a winning time of 9:59.50.
Also earning victories on the day were Goucher's Jaclyn Kellon, who won the 400 in a time of 1:03.01 and Kelly Carioto of Catholic who placed first with a toss of 11.23-meters to win the shot. Susquehanna's Caitlin Anderson broke the Landmark record in the weight throw with a mark of 14.65-meters. Finally Susquehanna's 4x400 relay capped the day with a time of 4:20.89 for a winning effort from Lindsay Robbins, Karina Tefft, Brooke Linders and Jamie Eggleton.
For the men Moravian dominated on the track, led by Woodruff and Donald Noble who each claimed two wins. Woodruff won the 55-meter dash in an NCAA provisional time of 6.43 and followed by running 22.12 to win the 200. Noble doubled up with a win in the mile by running 4:22.04 and then added a win in the 5,000 with a time of 15:23.82. Also adding to Moravian's strong performances on the track were Nicco Dalpiaz who won the 55-meter hurdles in 8.09, Warner Jones who ran 51.35 to win the 400 and Steve Ambrosi who covered 800-meters in 1:56.37 for the win. They Greyhounds also added wins in a pair of relays. Woodruff, Jones, Justin Taylor and Kyle D'Angelo combined to run 1:30.56 and set a new Landmark record in winning the 4x200-relay. Ambrosi then worked with Christopher Gallogly, Jacon Tazik and Alex Macri to win the 4x800-relay in 8:21.06.
Off the track, Moravian had wins in the pole vault with Timothy Layng clearing 4.70-meters which is an NCAA provisional mark. Joint also added a win in the triple jump by leaping 13.38 and helping his Rookie of the Year case.
Schetroma of Susquehanna was the only other multi-event winner on the men's side, as he earned his individual honor thanks to wins in the weight throw and shot put. He tossed the shot 14.76 for the win and then went 14.42 to win the weight throw.
USMMA's surge up the standings was helped by a win from Joshua Norris in the high jump, and then Norris teamed with Kevin Young, Hunter Karass, and Brandon Barrett to close the meet with a win in the 4x400-relay in a time of 3:31.91.
Juniata's Nicholas Bauer was the other individual event winner as he topped the field in the long jump with a mark of 6.56. And Goucher also got in on the victories as the foursome of Falk, Adam Scipione, Brian Gautier and Joey Negreann opened the competition by running 10:53.24 to win the distance medley relay.
Landmark competitors will now have until March 6 to qualify for the NCAA Division III Championships, with the field to be announced on March 7. The Championships will begin Friday March 11 at the Capital Center Fieldhouse in Columbus, Ohio.