MU's Robinson and Lopes break school records
Mike Robinson won the 800 meters with a school record time of 1:53.02 and Olivia Lopes broke her own record again in the 100-meters to highlight a strong showing for the Mansfield University men's and women's track and field teams at the Lock Haven's Elliston Invitational Saturday.
Robinson took first in the 800, breaking the legendary Chris Cummings previous record of 1:53.02 set in 2006. Jake Portock finished fifth in the same race with a time of 1:57.74.
Brenae Edwards led a 1-2-3 sweep for the Mountaineer women in the 22-runner strong 1500 meter field with a time of 4:40.50. She bested teammates Jess Scordino (4:44.50) and Savannah Boucher (4:59.85). All three runners have each already earned provisional qualifying marks for the NCAA Division II National Championship.
Olivia Lopes tuned up for the PSAC Championship with a first place showing, once again breaking her school record, in the 100 meters with a time of 12.15 with Kristen Von Bevern taking 10th in the 5000 meters (21:44.02) in the final race of her collegiate career.
Although he had already qualified for the upcoming PSAC Championship in both events, Latimere Campbell had an outstanding meet finishing fourth in the 100 meters with a time of 10.99 and second in the 200 meters at 21.84. The 100 meters time is the fastest in school history for a FAT timed 100 meter dash.
Also participating in his final meet was senior Michael Leiwant who took 9th in the 400 meter (58.99) and was also part of the 5th place 4 x 100 relay team along with Campbell, Michael Hillary and Trenton Schreiber.
Eric Scherer was second in the steeplechase (10:45.6) with teammate Alex Beard - running in his final collegiate event - was third at 11:05.1.
Jesse Jones took fourth in the 1500 with a time of 4:05.47 while Robert McCoy was fourth in the 400 meters (49.20).
Both women's head coach Nadine Parker and men's head coach Mike Rohl commented on the senior class of Alex Beard, Kristen Von Bevern, Kait Chegwidden, and Michael Leiwant.
Mansfield will compete at the PSAC Championship in Millersville from May 9-11.