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Men’s Track Relay Wins Gold Medal
Both Mule Teams Reach High in Points

The Muhlenberg track and field teams closed out their indoor season with a bang, as the men won a gold medal and the women broke three school records on the second day of the
Lex Mercado
In addition to running on the gold-medal relay team, Mercado also placed seventh in the 800 meters on his own.
ECAC Championships.

The women tied for 11th with 26 team points, while the men were 16th with 21 points. It was the highest point total for either team at the ECAC meet.

The men’s foursome of senior Christopher Martin, sophomore Lex Mercado, senior Calvin Tintle and sophomore Stephen Rothwell took first place in the 4x800-meter relay, shattering the school record by almost 10 seconds and breaking St. Lawrence’s Newell Field House record.

The ECAC event championship was the third for the Mules. Current senior John Brodowski won the pentathlon in 2002, and the distance-medley relay team took first place the following year.

Freshman Sara Gearin (1,000 meters), junior Karen Mount (1,500 meters) and senior Ashlie Hankee (55-meter hurdles) of the women’s team all broke their own school records and placed in the top seven.

Muhlenberg begins it outdoor season in three weeks at the Lehigh Valley Championships.

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Sophomore Matt Loesch of the Muhlenberg wrestling team finished fourth at 197 at the NCAA Division III Championships.

Loesch, who won his first two bouts at the national meet, was pinned by NCAA
wrestling logo third-seeded Jamall Johnson of Delaware Valley in the first period of his semifinal match, ending his winning streak at 21.

Moving into the consolation bracket, Loesch rebounded with a 10-4 decision against Jim Swanson of Wis.-Lacrosse.

In the consolation final, Loesch suffered a 5-0 loss to fourth-seeded Will Weiss of Brockport State. The two wrestlers met in December at the Petrofes Invitational, with Weiss winning by fall. That was Loesch’s last loss until the national championsihps.

Loesch’s fourth-place finish was the best ever for a Mule wrestler at the NCAA Championships. The only Muhlenberg athlete to place higher at an NCAA championship event was Will Elson, who was second in the 1,500 indoors and third in the 800 outdoors at the 2003 NCAA track meets.

Loesch finished with a record of 30-5, becoming the fourth wrestler in team history to win 30 matches in a season. He is the third Mule to earn All-America status, and the first non-senior to do so.

Muhlenberg tied for 26th place with the 11.5 points Loesch earned.

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Last updated March 5, 2005