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Championship Preview
track and field teams to host
conference championship meet

Seniors Ryan Wilson and Hannah Mitchell have run countless miles the last four years as members of the Muhlenberg cross country and track and field teams. But to get to their last championship meet, they will just have to walk a few minutes.

Muhlenberg will host the Centennial Conference Outdoor Track & Field Championships for the
Amanda Brennan

The following members of the Muhlenberg women’s team are seeded in the top eight in their events:

Lexie Daniells 400 6th
Kimberlee Yalango 800 7th
Hannah Mitchell 800 8th
Samantha Mayden 1500 5th
  5000 8th
Stephanie Carnevale 100 hurdles 3rd
long jump 7th
relay 4x100 4th
  4x400 5th
  4x800 1st
Amanda Brennan (pictured) 100 hurdles 6th
Amber-Lee Wojtowski 100 hurdles 8th
Colette Faust high jump 2nd
Tara Keegan javelin 2nd
Erin Saucier pole vault 1st (tied)

first time since 2005 this weekend. The meet starts with the decathlon, heptathlon and pole vault on Friday at 1:00. The 10,000-meter runs are scheduled for Friday evening, followed by a full slate of events Saturday and Sunday, culminating with the men’s 4x400-meter relay on Sunday at 4:05.

“We’re really excited,” said Wilson. “Having the meet at home makes such a difference. I don’t think people realize how much of a difference it is. You just feel so much more comfortable, and it makes running easier.”

“We’ll be where we are used to practicing all year,” added Mitchell. “We have our
David Kurtis
The following members of the Muhlenberg men’s team are seeded in the top eight in their events:

Isaiah Vaughn 100 6th
  200 2nd
Peter Rice 200 1st
  400 1st
Bobby Torphy 800 7th
  1500 4th
Michael Baer 110 hurdles 8th
  high jump 8th
David Kurtis (pictured) 400 hurdles 7th
Jeffrey Phillips 400 hurdles 8th
relay 4x100 6th
  4x400 4th
  4x800 2nd
Marc Brookland long jump 2nd
  triple jump 4th
Seth Hershman javelin 2nd
  shot put 7th
Jim Gamrat discus 8th
Ryan Hellings pole vault 2nd

facilities right here, our families and friends can come watch us – it’s a lot of little things.”

Little things can add up to a lot, especially in a track meet, where every point can impact a team’s finish. The Mule men learned that at the CC Indoor Championships in February, when four teams were separated by 9.5 points in the race for second place behind nationally ranked Haverford. Muhlenberg came in third, three points behind Ursinus.

“That’s such a small gap – it could be the difference between someone getting fourth and eighth in their event,” said Wilson. “As long as we cover our bases and pick up points here and there in all the events, there’s no reason we can’t get that second spot.”

Muhlenberg has athletes in the top eight on the CC performance lists in all but three of the 21 events. Junior Peter Rice, who captured three golds and a silver en route to earning Most Outstanding Performer honors at the indoor meet, is seeded first in both the 200 and 400 – events he won indoors.

The women’s lone champion indoors was freshman Erin Saucier, who is tied for the top seed in the pole vault. Also seeded first is the 4x800 team, of which Mitchell is a part.

The women finished seventh at the CC Indoor Championships, but with a young team they hope to use that experience to better their standing.

“That’s usually what our goal is, to improve on our indoor performance,” said Mitchell. “The outdoor championship is what we build to every year. Everyone learned from indoor conferences, and now everyone’s ready to go.

“We’ve had a lot of injuries, but I think we’ve been really resilient, and that has made us better competitors.”

Both Muhlenberg teams have a history of competing very well at the CC meet, and the seniors on the teams would like nothing better than to end their careers on a high note at their home track.

“I’m feeling kind of bittersweet,” said Mitchell. “I’m excited to have my last conference meet at home, but it’s sad. Knowing that it’s my last meet is very motivating.”
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