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Rupprecht and Mazur post first place finishes at Western Pa. Track & Field Championships

(Posted March 28, 2009)

CALIFORNIA, Pa. -- Juniata College junior Laura Rupprecht (Jefferson, Md./Brunswick) and senior Kyle Mazur (Ogdensburg, N.Y./Morris Catholic) each posted first place finishes to lead the Eagles at the 2009 Western Pennsylvania Track & Field Championships, held Saturday at California University of Pa.

Rupprecht finished first in the 1500m with a time of 4:58.26, while Mazur won the javelin with a mark of 199-1.

The Juniata women's team finished second out of seven squads in the Division III scored portion of the meet with 152 points. Westminster College won the event with 200 points; trailing Juniata were Grove City College (124), Washington & Jefferson College (114), Allegheny College (57), Carnegie Mellon (17), and LaRoche College (12).

Senior Kelsey Buffenmyer (Mount Joy, Pa./Donegal) led the Juniata scorers by capturing second in both the long jump and high jump and running a leg of the fourth place 4x100m relay team.

Rupprecht, in addition to her title in the 1500m, also finished eighth in the 800m race.

Three Juniata women posted marks that rank among the top-five all-time for Juniata. Freshman Jessica Koenig (Milford, Pa./Delaware Valley) ran a time of12:32.46 in the 3000m steeplechase, which ranks as the second fastest all-time. Freshman Skylar Kulbacki (Hershey, Pa./Hershey) had a triple jump of 33' 1", which is fourth ranked all-time for the college. Finally, senior Amy Reynolds (Harpers Ferry, W.Va./Jefferson) ran a time of 27.13 in the 200m, making her the fifth ranked woman ever for Juniata in that event.

The men's team was third out of seven Division III teams with 138 points, trailing Grove City (189) and Washington & Jefferson (149). Behind Juniata were St. Vincent College (78), Westminster (73), Allegheny (20), and Carnegie Mellon (14).

Senior Patrick Filamor (Wanchai, Hong Kong/Int'l School of Manila) once again led Juniata's scoring as he took tenth in the 100m dash, eighteenth in the 200m dash, third in the long jump, and ran a leg of the eighth place 4x100m relay.

There was one performance from the Juniata men that rank among the top-five in school history. Junior Ryan Johnson (Mountaintop, Pa./Crestwood) improved his school record in the hammer throw by one inch with a toss of 136' 8".

Complete individual results can be found here.

The Juniata teams will next compete in their only home meet of the year at Knox Stadium on Saturday, April 4.

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