Courtesy of Moravian Athletic Communications
ELIZABETHTOWN, Pa. --- The Moravian College men’s and women’s track & field teams extended their streaks of winning the Landmark Conference Outdoor Championships by winning the 2018 meet hosted by Elizabethtown College Sunday.
The women’s team has now won all 11 Landmark Conference Outdoor title after posting a 105-point win over the host Blue Jays as the Greyhounds recorded 278 points to Elizabethtown’s 173. The men’s squad won its fourth consecutive and 10th over Landmark Conference Outdoor championship by just 23.5 points over Elizabethtown with the Hounds scoring 241.5 points to 218 for the Blue Jays. Head Coach Jesse Baumann and his staff were selected as the Landmark Conference Male and Female Coaching Staffs of the Year.
The women had nine individual event winners and one relay champion on the second day of competition. The Hounds had a pair of student-athletes win three events Sunday with freshman Aimee Badman capturing the 100-meter dash in 12.83 seconds and the 200-meter dash in 26.41 seconds and junior Anna Osman winning the 400-meter dash in 59.31 seconds and the 400-meter hurdles for the third straight year in a time of 1:06.15. Osman was named the Landmark Conference Women’s Track Performer of the Year. The duo joined with junior Jordan Luciano and freshman Camaryn Wheeler to win the 4x100-meter relay in 49.61 seconds.
Junior Amari Schooler won the 100-meter hurdles in 15.45 seconds. Senior Sarah Hughes won the 5,000-meter run in a meet record time of 17:53.58 while sophomore Carly Danoski won the 800-meter run in 2:14.62. In the field events, senior Mary Kate Duncan captured the javelin with a toss of 41.65 meters (136-8) while freshman Martha Thorpe had the winning distance of 10.21 meters (33-6) in the triple jump.
Osman, Danoski, Wheeler and freshman Morgan Weaver were the runners-up in the 4x400-meter relay in a time of 4:08.02, and Osman was also the runner-up in the 100-meter hurdles in 15.71 seconds. Danoski finished second in the 1,500-meter run with a time of 4:42.89 while senior Trista Cunningham, who won two titles on Saturday and was honored as the Landmark Conference Female Field Performer of the Year after the meet, was second in the hammer throw with a toss of 43.78 meters (143-8) and senior Casie Cronk was the runner-up in the high jump at 1.57 meters (5-1.75).
The men’s team recorded seven individual event champions on Sunday with a pair of student-athletes picking up two titles apiece. Freshman Zion Howard won the 100-meter dash in 10.89 seconds and he captured the 200-meter dash in 21.85 seconds to be selected as the Landmark Conference Male Rookie of the Year while junior John Spirk doubled up in the hurdles, winning the 110-meter high hurdles for the third straight year in 14.76 seconds and capturing the 400-meter hurdles for the third consecutive spring in a time of 55.87 seconds.
Senior Robert Condo won the javelin for a second straight year with a throw of 60.04 meters (197-0) while sophomore Ryan Harper captured the shot put for the second consecutive year with a toss of 13.75 meters (45-1.5). Sophomore Justin Beasley-Turner won the 800-meter run in a career-best time of 1:55.25.
Howard was also part of both of the Greyhounds’ relay teams that finished in second place. He ran with senior Eric Morton and junior Chris Antonie and Brian Stock to a runner-up in the 4x100-meter relay in 52.61 seconds, and Howard joined Spirk, senior Andrew Mitchell and freshman Sean McFarland for a second place in the final event, the 4x400-meter relay in a time of 3:21.11.
Sophomore Greg Jaindl was the runner-up in two events Sunday with second place finishes in the 3,000-meter steeplechase in a time of 9:29.37 and the 5,000-meter run in 15:27.28. Sophomore Roland Cash took second in the triple jump with a leap of 13.53 meters (44-4.75).
In other top eight track results to earn points for the Greyhounds Sunday, Morton placed fifth in the 100-meter dash in 11.33 seconds and freshman Michael Elo was eighth in the race in 11.93 seconds while McFarland took third in the 400-meter dash in 50.19 seconds and sixth in the 200-meter dash final in 22.92 seconds. Junior Woodrow Battle was fourth in the 400-meter hurdles in a time of 1:00.49, and he finished seventh in the 110-meter high hurdles in 16.90 seconds.
Mitchell was third in the 800-meter run in 1:56.04 while junior Devon Harris was fifth in 1:56.69 and senior Mike Kopach finished eighth in 1:58.78. Senior Josh Toth placed sixth in the 3,000-meter steeplechase in a time of 10:36.65 while Harris was sixth in the 5,000-meter run in 15:40.15 and followed by sophomore Gavin Kemery in eighth at 15:48.24.