Track and Field 2013 Season Review

 

Samantha Mayden
Mayden qualified for NCAAs twice apiece in cross country and outdoor track and once in indoor track. She ended her career as the holder of six school records - in the 1000, mile, 3000 and DMR indoors and the 5000 and 4x800 outdoors.
It was a triple crown season for the Muhlenberg track and field teams.

For the first time in program history, the Mules had three athletes earn All-America honors by finishing in the top eight at the NCAA Championships. Junior Stephanie Carnevale was seventh in the 60-meter hurdles indoors, sophomore Tyler Bauer placed fifth in the javelin outdoors, and senior Samantha Mayden capped the year, and her career, by coming in seventh in the outdoor 5,000.

It was a successful year off the national stage as well. After two straight years of finishing seventh at the Centennial Conference Championships, both indoors and outdoors, the women tied Haverford for second indoors, matching the best indoor finish in program history and tying for the biggest improvement in the history of the meet. The Mules nearly duplicated the feat outdoors, finishing a half-point behind second-place Haverford.

The men came in sixth indoors, five points behind Gettysburg, but jumped the Bullets at the outdoor meet to finish in the top five for the 12th time in 13 seasons.

Muhlenberg broke or tied 12 school records during the year, and the three All-Americans contributed to all but two.

Carnevale began the year as the holder of one school record (in the indoor 60 hurdles) and never having placed higher than third at a CC meet. She ended up setting three more records (in the 55 hurdles and 60 indoors and 100 hurdles outdoors) and winning a gold and two silvers at the CC Championships.

Her gold came in the 60 hurdles and sent her to the NCAA Championships as the 15th and final qualifier. She came in seventh, and during the course of the season she lowered her school record in the event from 9.31 to 8.85. Carnevale narrowly missed qualifying for NCAAs in the 100 hurdles outdoors.

Ryan Hellings
Hellings placed at CC championship meets in the pole vault in all eight tries, with two silvers and three bronzes to go along with his two golds as a senior. On the Mules' all-time performance lists, he tied for second indoors and was fourth outdoors.
Bauer broke the school record in the javelin in his first meet of the year and never slowed down, raising the mark almost 20 feet to 214-5. He won his second consecutive gold at the CC Championships by nearly 25 feet and was named Most Outstanding Performer. He went on to become one of only four Division III athletes to place at the IC4A Championships, coming in eighth.

At the NCAA Championships, Bauer was the third Muhlenberg male to earn All-America honors outdoors and the first to do it on his first trip. And with all the other placewinners being juniors and seniors, he has his heights set higher for the rest of his career.

Tara Keegan
During her career, the versatile Keegan earned a total of 18 places at CC meets in the long jump, triple jump, javelin, 400 hurdles and running in relays in distances ranging from 100 meters to 400 meters.
Mayden, on the other hand, earned All-America status in her fifth and final try at a national meet. She qualified indoors with the distance medley relay team (along with senior Erica Bash, junior Nicki Cronin and sophomore Kirsten Kuchera), coming in 10th. Outdoors, she qualified in the 5K when she placed ninth in the Olympic Development race at the Penn Relays, breaking her own school record by more than 26 seconds.

Although she never won a gold medal at CC championship meets, Mayden earned six silvers, including four (in the mile and 3,000 indoors and the 5,000 and 4x800 outdoors) in 2013.

Mayden wasn’t the only senior to go out in style. Ryan Hellings won the first two CC gold medals of his career, sweeping the pole vault indoors and outdoors. He was the first member of the men’s team to pull off that feat since 2000. Isaiah Vaughn won his sixth career gold, but his first in an open event, by capturing the 200 indoors.

Seniors who won silver medals included Colette Faust (indoor high jump), Lexie Daniells (indoor 4x400), Tara Keegan (indoor 4x400 and outdoor javelin) and Bash (outdoor 4x800).

Keegan and Bash also fared well in events that were new to them as seniors: At the CC outdoor meet, Keegan placed sixth in the 400 hurdles and Bash was fourth in the steeplechase, landing in third and second on the all-time performance list in those events, respectively.

Freshmen who made their mark included Jessica Thimmel, who set the school record in the discus and placed fourth at the CC Championships, Claire Thornton, who won silver medals with the 4x400 indoors and the 4x800 outdoors, Melanie Tramontina, who shattered the school record in the indoor 5,000, and Jordan Rosenthal, a silver medalist in the javelin. Rosenthal was part of a 1-2-4-5 finish in the javelin, with Bauer, Hellings and junior Andy Wolfe, giving the Mules four placewinners in one event for the first time since 2010.

Junior Erin Saucier and senior Bre Biondi placed in the pole vault at both CC meets, with Saucier winning silver outdoors. Although overshadowed by Carnevale, junior Amber Lee Wojtkowski had an outstanding year in the hurdles, placing sixth indoors and fifth outdoors.

Junior Andrew Onimus won two bronze medals at the CC Outdoor Championships, in the 4x400 and the open 400.