MU track and field ready for PSAC meet
The Mansfield University men and women's track and field teams are set to take on the best competition in the conference when the Mountaineers take a school-record 20 qualifiers to the 2012 Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Outdoor Championships in Bloomsburg this weekend.
Headlining the men's side is Justen Johnson who enters the championships holding the fastest 400m time in the conference this season. Johnson set the 400 school record with his time of 48.13 last weekend at Cornell's Big Red Invitational.
His time broke his own record of 48.3 which was shared with Mark Doherty's original 48.3 mark set in 1994.
Johnson is coming off a record-setting indoor season in which the senior became the first Mountaineer sprinter to earn a berth in the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships with his 400m title at the PSAC meet. Freshman Robert McCoy will also run the 400m for the Mountaineers.
Junior Mike Robinson will compete for a conference title in the men's 1500m on Saturday. Robinson holds the 7th best time in the field after posting a mark of 3:53.60 at the Shamrock Invitational on March 15. Rounding out the distance runners for Mansfield are Kevin Cusworth who will run the 3000m steeple chase and Jake Shedden in the 10,000m.
Freshman Yaw Boetang enters the 100m dash field with a personal best of 11.24. Rookies Jakob Nance and Alex Bock lead the charge for the Mountie hurdlers, competing in the 110m and 400m respectively. Nance will also compete in the men's high jump, entering with a personal best height of 6' 2.75".
For the throwers, junior Kadeem Calhoun and freshman Jacob Cobb will look to gain points in the men's shot put. Calhoun enters with the 17th best distance in the field at 44' 5.25" while Cobb's best throw of 43' 1.5" is the 23rd best mark. Freshman Tyler Savarese enters the pole vault field with a qualifying height of 13' 7.25".
The men's 4x400m relay team of Johnson, McCoy, Robinson and Max Lalwani are seeded 9th in the field with a time of 3:21.24.
The women's side is led by Kristy and Jessica Scordino who will both compete in the 3000m race holding the 6th and 7th best times in the conference respectively. Kristy will also vie for points in the 1500m while Jessica competes in the 5000m. Jessica has already hit an NCAA provisional qualifying mark of 17:12.10 in the 5000m.
Sophomore Amy Lee will run the 3000m race and 3000m steeple chase while junior Kait Chegwidden runs in the 5000m. Junior Bethany Wigfield and freshman Susan Learn will take part in the 3000m steeple chase alongside Lee. Sprinter Olivia Lopes has burst on the scene in her freshman season and will look to continue her success at the PSAC meet when she races in the women's 100m and 200m dashes. Lopes holds the third best time in the conference in the 100m at 12.22 and the fifth best time in the 200m at 25.45. Both are school records along with her 400m time of 58.78.
A pair of seniors head the Mountaineer throws in Alicia Edkin and Elley Trubic. Edkin will compete in the hammer where she holds a school record toss of 136' 5" while Trubic will look to score points in the javelin where she enters with a personal best of 119'9". The team of Kariann Breed, Kristin Von Bevern, Erin Harrison and Kait Chegwidden will compete in the women's 4x400m relay.