MU's Lopes win in the 200 caps off historic day for Mounties at PSACs
Olivia Lopes came from behind to win the 200 meters and cap-off an historic day for the Mansfield University track and field program in the final day of the PSAC Outdoor Track and Field Championship at Millersville University Saturday afternoon.
Lopes joined two others Mountaineers on the day, Mike Robinson and Latimere Campbell, in earning All-PSAC recognition by finishing in the top three in their events.
Lopes, who also earned All-PSAC honors with a 3rd place finish in the 100 meters earlier in the day, becomes the first PSAC women's sprint champion in Mountaineer history.
The sophomore speedster ran a magnificent race catching front-runner Danielle Smith just feet from the finishing line after it looked as if Smith had unbeatable lead midway through the race. Lopes broke her own school-record with a winning time of 24.71 with Smith clocked at 24.72.
It was an especially sweet victory because Smith had beaten Lopes in the 100 earlier in the day and also beat her out for first place in the 200 meters at the PSAC Indoor Championship.
Lopes also took third in the 100 meters with a time of 12.21 to earn 16 team points on the day.
Robinson, who set a school-record yesterday in the 800 meter qualifier, started off Saturday's events by finishing second in the 1500 meters with a time of 3:55.11, just .30 of a second behind race-winner Frank Fezza of East Stroudsburg. The junior then turned around and finished eighth in the 800 meters with a time of 1:56.80.
A freshman, Campbell had an outstanding meet breaking a 15-year old record in the 200 meters in yesterday's preliminaries before breaking it again in today's final with a third-place time of 21.69 to earn All-PSAC honors. Campbell also broke his own school-record in the 100 meters with a time of 10.87 for fifth place.
Also picking up team points on the day were Brenae Edwards and Jess Scordino who had both earned All-PSAC recognition by finishing 2nd and 3rd in the 5000 meters yesterday. Edwards was 6th in the 1500 meters on Saturday with a time of 4:40.82 with Scordino right behind her in 7th place at 4:41.41.
Sophomore Tyler Savarese earned team points with a 7th place finish in the pole vault with an effort of 14-07.50
The men's 4x400 relay team of Campbell, Robert McCoy, Maxwell Lalwani and Trenton Schreiber finished 8th with a time of 3:21.17.
Mansfield had school-record five runners: Lopes, Robinson, Edwards, Scordino and Campbell earn All-PSAC honors and broke seven school-records during the championship competition.
The Mountaineer women finished 11th overall with 35 team points while the men also finished 11th with 23 points.