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Juniata Men Break Several Track Records

(Posted April 1, 2006)

PITTSBURGH, Pa.? In its second outdoor meet of the season both the Juniata College men?s and women?s track and field teams placed in the top-8 at the Western PA Championships at Carnegie Mellon Saturday afternoon. The Juniata men were seventh out of the 15-team field while the Juniata women?s team earned an eighth-place finish among 16 schools.

For the Eagles men there were a pair of first-place finishes on the track. Randy Anderson (DuBois/DuBois) ran to a first-place finish in the 100 and then added a fourth-place finish in the 200. Justin Fritzius (Central York/York) then matched that effort with a first-place effort in the 3,000-meter steeplechase. His time of 9:35.73 established a new school record in the event.

Juniata added another three individual scoring performances on the track on the day. Chris Sheaffer (Central York/York) posted a fifth-place finish in the 1,000 run and also established a new school record with him time of 32:39.40. Tripp Rudolph (Upper St. Clair/Pittsburgh) added a seventh-place effort in the 800 on the day, while Mark Modak (Sandy Spring Friends/Gaithersburg, Md.) was eighth in the 400 hurdles. The quartet of Eric Hoover (Brandywine/Wilmington, Del.), Mike Vella (Hollidaysburg/Hollidaysburg), Shawn Rumery (Thornton Academy/Dayton, Maine) and Rudolph notched a sixth-place effort in the 4x800 relay.

The Eagles men?s jumping corps then added more points for the Blue and Gold. Gary Ondecko Jr. (Bishop Carroll/Northern Cambria) was fourth in the long jump while Anderson and Matthew Booth (Allentown Central Catholic/Allentown) were fifth and seventh respectively. Booth then produced a sixth-place effort in the triple jump and Adam Loser (Central York/York) was eighth in the high jump.

For the Juniata women freshman Kelsey Buffenmeyer (Donegal/Mount Joy) provided much of the team?s points in the jump events. Buffenmeyer jumped to a second-place finish in the high jump and then added fourth-place effort in the long jump.

On the track the Eagles highest finish was from Katey Glunt (Bellefonte/Bellefonte) who ran to a fourth-place finish in the 5,000. Her time of 18:30.48 established a new Juniata record in the event, and as good for five points.

Also providing scoring performances on the track were Meghan Jones (Meadville/Meadville) who placed fifth in the 10,000 and Aubrey Cyphert (Seneca/North East) who was sixth in the 3,000 steeplechase.

The Juniata track teams will be back in action next Saturday as they compete at the Messiah Invitational.

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