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2001 Spring Sports Update

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For the Weeks of May 14 to May 27
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News and notes about Muhlenberg athletics
Muhlenberg College will send two athletes to the NCAA Division III Track & Field Championships, which are scheduled to begin Thursday at Millikin University in Decatur, Ill. Junior Will Elson (800 meters) and senior Katrina Beck (high jump) are the first Mule athletes to qualify for the national track & field championships.

Elson enters the NCAA meet with the third-fastest time in Division III this year and as one of only eight athletes to surpass the automatic qualifying standard of 1:51.66. He ran the 800 in a school-record time of 1:51.21 NCAA track while winning the gold medal at the Centennial Conference Championships. Ironically, one of the athletes he defeated in that race, Jason Bernstein of Haverford, has since run a faster time, 1:50.93, although he won’t be running the 800 at the NCAA meet. The best time of the season, 1:49.45, belongs to Matt Groose of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, a 2000 All-American in the 1,500 meters.

Beck is tied for the seventh-highest jump of the season at 5 feet, 6½ inches. Erica Destefano of The College of New Jersey, who tied for eighth in the high jump at last year’s Division III Championships, owns the best leap, 5-9¾. Beck, the seven-time Centennial Conference high jump champion (four times indoors and three outdoors), has placed in the top three in 24 of the 27 outdoor meets in which she has competed during her career, including 12 first-place finishes.

The trials for the men’s 800 meters are scheduled for Friday, May 25, at 4:30, with the final slated for the following day at 2:35. The women’s high jump is scheduled for Saturday at 11:30. The top eight finishers in each event receive All-America status.

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Thursday, May 17 - Friday, May 18
TRACK AND FIELD women tied for 34th and men tied for 21st at ECAC Championships. Junior Nancy Kegelman set a school record in the javelin, throwing 120 feet, 11 inches to place fourth at the ECAC Championships. For the men, sophomore Brendan Gallagher was third in the 10,000 meters and junior Will Elson took fourth in the 800. Click here for Muhlenberg highlights.

Friday, May 25 - Saturday, May 26
TRACK AND FIELD at Millikin for NCAA Championships. Junior Will Elson failed to qualify for the final in the 800-meter run. Elson ran a 1:53.03 to finish fourth in his heat and 12th overall. The eighth and final qualifier had a time of 1:52.54. Muhlenberg’s other participant, senior Katrina Beck, tied for 18th in the high jump at 5 feet, 1¾ inches.

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Last updated May 26, 2001