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NCAA TRACK CHAMPIONSHIP PREVIEW

Senior Will Elson and sophomore John Brodowski will represent Muhlenberg at the NCAA Division III Track and Field Championships, which begin tomorrow at St. Lawrence University in Canton, N.Y.

It will be the third trip to the nationals this year for Elson and the fourth overall. He qualified for
John Brodowski
The long jump is one of the strongest events for Brodowski. He finished second at the Centennial Conference championships with a leap off 22 feet, 1½ inches, which was just 5½ inches short of an 87-year-old school record.
the 800 meters in the outdoor track championships in 2001 and competed in the NCAAs for both cross country and indoor track this academic year. Elson, who earned two All-America trophies at the indoor championships, is the only athlete in school history to appear in the NCAA Championships in three sports.

Elson is scheduled to compete in two events, the 1,500 meters and the 800 meters. The trials for the 1,500 are slated for Thursday at 5:00, with the final set for Saturday at 1:50. Elson has the fourth-best qualifying time (3:50.83) in the field of 16.

For the 800, the preliminaries are scheduled for Friday at 5:30 and the finals for Saturday at 3:10. Elson is the 11th seed with a qualifying time of 1:52.17, although he has run faster (1:51.21) during his Muhlenberg career. Among the 18 runners competing in the 800 is two-time defending national champion Matt Groose of Wis.-Oshkosh, who has the fastest qualifying time (1:49.55).

Brodowski is seeded 14th out of 16 competitors in the decathlon with a school-record 6,344 points. The decathlon begins Thursday at 11:30 with the 100 meters, followed by the long jump, shot put, high jump and 400 meters. The event concludes on Friday with the 110 hurdles, discus, pole vault, javelin and 1,500.

Click here for the official meet site.

Graf Named to All-Region Team

Justin Graf Senior outfielder Justin Graf of the Muhlenberg baseball team has been named to the Mid-Atlantic Region All-Star second team by the American Baseball Coaches Association. He is the first player in program history to earn All-Region honors.

Graf, an All-Centennial Conference first-team selection, hit .360 and set a CC record with 41 stolen bases. His 41 steals in 35 games currently rank sixth in Division III. Graf also broke school records for runs scored (43) and doubles (12) in a season.

Graf finished his career second on the Mules’ all-time list in stolen bases (69), third in runs scored (101) and tied for ninth in hits (125).

Graf was one of nine CC players – six of them from Johns Hopkins – on the All-Region first, second and third teams.


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Last updated May 21, 2003