Strong Steeplechase Puts Track Men In Good Spot
(Posted May 4, 2007)
ELIZABETHTOWN, Pa. - After the first full day of competition at the 2007 MAC Outdoor Track and Field Championships the Juniata College menÃ¢??s and womenÃ¢??s teams both find themselves in position to earn top finishes in the team competition. The menÃ¢??s team holds down the sixth spot with 26 points while the women are seventh in the 10-team field with 20 points. Both the men\'s and women\'s teams captured gold medal finishes on the day. For the men\'s team Jason Hoover (Brandywine/Wilmington, Del.) crossed the line first in the steeplechase with a time of 9:47.41. He was followed by Eric Hoover (Brandywine/Wilmington, Del.) who placed second in the event. For the women Kelsey Buffenmyer (Donegal/Mount Joy) earned victory in the high jump for the second time in as many years. She won the event with a best effort of 1.63 meters. Also earning points on the day was Matthew Booth (Allentown Central Catholic/Allentown) who leaped to a third-place finish in the triple jump with a mark of 13.45 meters. Capping the scoring was Matthew Bailey (Hempfield/East Petersburg) who placed seventh in the 10,000 by running a time of 33:53.67. The Juniata women picked up two point-scoring performances in the 10,000 with Lauren Gates (Bishop Guilfoyle/Altoona) running a time of 40:10.86 while Meghan Jones (Meadville/Meadville) was seventh. Kristen Gochnauer (Warwick/Lititz) was seventh in the 3,000 steeplechase with a time of 12:49.98. Adding to the scoring in the field events was Maggie Wolenter (Audubon/Audubon, N.J.) who was sixth in the discus with a best toss of 32.25 meters. Juniata will complete the three-day conference championships on Saturday. ###
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