Eagles Track Performs Well At Susquehanna
(Posted March 26, 2005)
JUNIATA TRACK OPENS OUTDOOR SEASON AT SUSQUEHANNA
Selinsgrove, Pa.? The Juniata College men?s and women?s track and field teams opened its outdoor seasons at a non-scored meet at Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove Saturday afternoon. Both teams enjoyed several top performances.
On the women?s side Elena Amato (Notre Dame Prep./Baltimore, Md.) had the top finish for the Eagles as she ran home in sixth place in the 400-meters. Meredith Troutman (Meyersdale/Meyersdale) added an eighth-place finish for the Blue and Gold in the 100-meter dash. Caitlin Hinson (Danville/Danville) contributed a ninth-place performance in the 200-meter dash. Debbie Delaney (Franklin/Reisertown, Md.) chipped in a 10th-place finish in the discus to round out the team?s top-10 efforts.
The Eagle men posted a pair of first-place finishes, and also saw two school records fall on the day. Jeremy Weber (Garden Spot/Mohnton) leaped to a first-place finish in the long jump as he posted a leap of 6.68 meters. The Eagles also got a first-place performance from its 4x100-meter relay team as the quartet of Weber, Randy Anderson (DuBois/DuBois), Gary Ondecko (Bishop Carroll/Ebensburg) and Dusty Sier (Smithsburg/Smithsburg, Md.) posted a time of 43.05 to claim first place.
The men also topped a school record as Justin Fritzius (Central York/York) broke his own record in the 3,000-meter steeplechase. His time of 9:52.52 was more than 10 seconds faster than the previous record. The other record fell in the 10,000 meters where Mike Chirdon (Riverview/Verona) ran a time of 33:49.40 which bested the previous school record by more than a minute.
The athletes responsible for the first-place relay finish also added several individual top-10 finishes. Anderson placed second overall in the 100-meter dash and added a third-place finish in the long jump. Sier added a fourth-place finish in the 200-meter.
Ben Beas (Kiski Prep./Johnstown) posted a pair of top-10 performances as ha placed fifth in the 400-meter hurdles and eighth in the 110-meter hurdles. Mark Modak (Sandy Spring Friends/Gaithersburg, Md.) added a 10th-place finish in the 400 hurdles. Rounding out the top-10 finishes for the Eagle men was a fifth-place effort for Mike Vella (Hollidaysburg/Hollidaysburg) in the 1,500.
The Eagles will be back in action next Saturday when they compete at the Western PA Championships at Carnegie Mellon in Pittsburgh.
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