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Juniata Track Teams Finish Strong at MAC Championships

(Posted March 1, 2004)

INDOOR TRACK AND FIELD:

The Juniata College men?s and women?s track teams posted strong showings at the MAC Indoor Track and Field Championships. The Eagle women finished seventh out of the ten team field as they scored 24 points on the day. The Eagles men scored 17 points in the meet, and finished ninth out of ten schools. The women?s performance bested both the point total and place the Eagle women notched in the same meet last season. In 2003 Juniata?s women scored 21 points and finished eighth in the meet.

The Eagles got solid performances from its middle distance and distance crews on the meet, led by freshman Elena Amato (Notre Dame Prep./Baltimore, Md.). Competing in her first MAC Championship Amato finished a team-best second in the 800 meters which earned eight points for Juniata. Nancy Hayes (Westminster/Westminster, Md.) also had a top finish as she placed fourth in the 5,000 meters which captured four points for the Eagles. Katey Glunt (Bellefonte/Bellefonte) wrapped up Juniata?s strong showing in the mid-distance events with her sixth-place finish in the 1,500 meter.

Juniata?s women added more points in the field events. Kira Troutman (Line Mountain/Valley View) captured two points by finishing fifth in the shot put. Andrea Denkovich (Greencastle-Antrim/Greencastle) rounded out the team?s individual finishes with a fifth-place finish in the weight throw. Juniata added seven points with three high finishes in a trio of relay finishes. Glunt, Amato and Hayes teamed up with Juliana Hillegas (Shanksville-Stonycreek/Berlin) to earn the team a fourth-place finish in the distance-medley relay. Amato and Hillegas were joined by Lynzee Alworth (Allegheny-Clarion Valley/Parker) and Misty Heuston (Central/Martinsburg) to finish fifth in the 4x400 meter relay. Finally Glunt joined forces with Sarah Bay (Central Dauphin/Harrisburg), Lia Bella (Morris Catholic/Rockaway, N.J.) and Carol Longnecker (Harrisonburg/Harrisonburg, Va.) as the team finished sixth in the 4x800 relay.

Juniata?s men?s squad got all of its individual points in the jumping events. Adam Loser (Central York/York) posted a second-place finish in the high jump to pace Juniata with eight points. Jeremy Weber (Garden Spot/Mohnton) earned a total of three points for the Eagles as he placed fifth in the long jump, and sixth in the triple jump. Juniata rounded out its scoring in the relays. Chris Sheaffer (Central York/York), Will Cantara (West Branch/Winburne), Jeremy Lampert (Portsmouth/Portsmouth, N.H.) and Mike Vella (Hollidaysburg/Hollidaysburg) placed fourth in the men?s distance medley. Lampert and Sheaffer were joined by Jason Freeman (Thornton/Thornton, Co.) and Justin Fritzius (Central York/York) to finish sixth in the 4x800. Another sixth-place finish came in the 4x200 relay as the team of Dustin Sier (Smithsburg (MD)/Smithsburg), Kurht Engle (Spring-Ford/Royersford), Randy Anderson (DuBois/DuBois) and Cantara crossed the line sixth in the event.

MEN?S VOLLEYBALL (8-3, 4-2 EIVA Tait): March 13 at NYU.
*EIVA Tait match.

Juniata captured a 3-2 win over Division I Tait Division George Mason. The win was Juniata?s sixth consecutive win. The Eagles claimed the road win by game scores of 28-30, 30-28, 28-30, 30-26 and 15-9. Ryan Genova (Antietam/Reading) was the main attacker for the Eagles as he pounded out 17 kills. Kenny Eiser (Central Bucks West/Doylestown) was also in double figures with 15 kills while recording a .433 hitting percentage. Freshman Jeremy Barndt (Souderton/Souderton) posted 14 kills and three blocks in the match. Setter Ricky Ziegler (Northeastern/Manchester) dished out 56 assists on the evening while he and Eiser each registered a team-best two aces. Cordt Withum (Penn Manor/Holtwood) led the team with four blocks, with Eiser adding three for Juniata. Libero Tim Cole (Pennsbury/Yardley) contributed to the defensive effort with a career-high 13 digs.

WOMEN?S SWIMMING: March 11-13 at NCAA Championships

Juniata was back in action after a week layoff as Juniata sent six competitors to the ECAC Swimming Championships. Along with the team?s performances at the ECAC meet, Juniata learned that senior Kim Allen (Susquehanna Twp./Harrisburg) qualified for the NCAA National Championships for the second time in her career. Allen earned All-America status as a freshman but has not returned to the meet until now. Competing against some of the top programs in the East, including Division I schools, Juniata piled up 68 points at the three-day competition. On the final day, Allen swam to a seventh-place finish in the 200-yard breaststroke which earned 12 points for Juniata, and matched the team?s best individual performance at the meet. Also registering a seventh-place finish was Kathy Trainor (Upper Merion/King of Prussia) who placed seventh in the 100-yard freestyle. In her other individual event, Trainor missed qualifying for the finals in the 50-yard freestyle by .01. Allen was able to earn points for Juniata in her other individual event as she finished 11th in the 100-yard breaststroke. The Eagles also captured points in three relays during the meet. The 200-yard freestyle relay team of Allen, Trainor, Andrea Nulton (Tyrone Area/Tyrone) and Amy Hanson (Lancaster Catholic/Elizabethtown) captured 14 points for Juniata with its 10th-place finish. In the 200-yard medley relay, Allen, Trainor and Hanson were joined by Amy Sutherland (Norwich/Norwich, N.Y.) as the team broke the school record in the event with a time of 1:53.15. The time was good enough for an 11th-place finish. In the final event of the meet Juniata finished 12th in the 400-yard freestyle relay, with Allen, Trainor, Nulton and Hanson again competing for Juniata. Juniata earned 36 points overall with its relay finishes.

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