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Track Enjoys Strong Efforts In Scored Meet

(Posted February 11, 2006)

CARLISLE, Pa.? The Juniata College men?s and women?s indoor track and field teams each posted top-six performances at the Dickinson Valentine?s Invitational in Carlisle Saturday afternoon. The Juniata men used a strong overall showing to earn a second-place finish in the 12-team field, while the Juniata women were sixth in a field of 12 teams.

On the women?s side Juniata?s middle distance corps earned considerable points in helping the Eagles to their sixth-place finish. Nancy Hayes (Westminster/Westminster, Md.) was first in the 5,000 followed by Katey Glunt (Bellefonte/Bellefonte) in second place. Meghan Jones (Meadville/Meadville) and Christina Jones (Fallston/White Hall, Md.) then added fifth and eighth-place finishes respectively in the event. The next-highest finish on the track was Meredith Troutman (Meyersdale/Meyersdale) who placed fourth in the 200-meter. Also adding points on the track was Aubrey Cyphert (Seneca/North East) who was sixth in the 1,000 and Tiava Morris (Baltimore City College/Baltimore, Md.). Kelsey Buffenmyer (Donegal/Mount Joy) rounded out the track scoring with a fifth-place effort in the 55-meter hurdles.

Buffenmyer also contributed a first-place finish in the jumping events for Eagles as she topped the competition in the high jump.

The Juniata men piled up the points in the field events, beginning with three point-scoring efforts in the long jump. Matthew Booth (Allentown Central Catholic/Allentown) placed first, and was followed by Randy Anderson (DuBois/DuBois) in third and Gary Ondecko (Bishop Carroll/Northern Cambria) was fourth. Booth also notched a third-place effort in the triple jump. Also claiming points in the jumps was Adam Loser (Central York/York) who claimed a second-place finish in the high jump while Shawn Miller (Altoona/Altoona) captured a fifth-place finish in the pole vault.

The Eagles also piled up points on the track beginning with Shawn Rumery (Thornton Academy/Dayton, Maine) and Chris Sheaffer (Central York/York) placing second and third respectively in the 1,000. Sheaffer then added a second-place effort in the mile, with Rumery placing sixth. Juniata got another pair of point-scoring efforts in the 800 as Tripp Rudolph (Upper St. Clair/Pittsburgh) and Eric Hoover (Brandywine/Wilmington, Del.) placed fifth and seventh. Ondecko and Dusty Sier (Smithsburg/Smithsburg, Md.) also produced points as they placed seventh and eighth respectively in the 55-meter dash. Ondecko added a sixth-place effort in the 200 while Steve Gregory (Central Bucks South/Jamison) was seventh in the 500. Justin Fritzius (Central York/York) produced a third-place effort in the 5,000 and Juniata capped its scoring efforts on the track with a fifth-place effort in the 55-meter hurdles from Mark Modak (Sandy Spring Friends/Gaithersburg, Md.) and an eighth-place finish from Mike Chirdon (Riverview/Verona) in the 3,000. Capping the scoring for the Eagles was Kyle Mazur (Morris Catholic/Ogdensburg, N.J.) who was eighth in the shot put.

Juniata returns to action on Friday with a final tune-up before the conference championships with a meet at Susquehanna.

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