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Muhlenberg to Host Track Championships

The Muhlenberg women’s track and field team hopes the “home-track advantage” is enough to push it to its first conference title.

Muhlenberg will host the Centennial Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships for the first time since 2001 this weekend. The meet starts with the first half of decathlon on Friday at 1:00. The championship finals of the 10,000 meters are scheduled for Friday night, while the rest of the finals will be decided Saturday and Sunday.

Click here for a complete schedule of events. Results will be posted at this site throughout the championships.

If the indoor CC Championships were any indication, the Mule women won’t need to gain too much of an advantage from the comfort of running on the track where they train every day. Dickinson, running on its home track, won the indoor title by a mere 2½ points over Muhlenberg in a meet that came down to the final relay.

“It’s a lot easier,” said senior Danielle Bovelle of competing at home. “I can stay in my own room and not worry about traveling. I know how this track feels compared to other schools and their facilities.”

The CC Outdoor Championships have a history of close finishes on the women’s side. Two-time defending champion Gettysburg won by four points in 2003 and by a single point over Haverford last year.

The Mules return two event winners in junior Danielle Seiler and sophomore Sarah Mitchell. Seiler, who captured both the 400 meters and the 400-meter intermediate hurdles last year, sits atop the performance list in the latter event, while Mitchell has qualified provisionally for the NCAA Championships with her javelin throw.

Other team members who rank first on the CC performance list are seniors Meghan Douglas-Snyder (pole vault) and Kristin Boydston (discus), while several are second, including freshman Jenna Lombardi in both the 100 and 200 and junior Karen Mount in the 800 and 1,500.

The men’s team figures to be in a tight race for second place behind Haverford, which won each of the first 11 CC crowns. Muhlenberg edged Dickinson by a half-point to pull out second at the indoor meet.

Senior John Brodowski will be looking to win the high jump for the third year in a row. He leads the CC performance lists in the high jump, long jump, and javelin – the only male athlete to be number one in three events.

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The Mules (12-3) are ranked eighth in the Atlantic South region and were left out when the top seven teams were selected earlier this week. However, one of the teams (Sewanee) withdrew, and Muhlenberg was asked to take its place.

The Mules, making their first NCAA appearance, will travel to Emory University in Atlanta to take on Rhodes College of Memphis, Tenn., in a first-round match on Saturday, May 7, at 11:00. The winner advances to face Emory in the second round on Sunday at noon.

Rhodes (12-3), ranked third in the region, is in the national tournament for the fifth year in a row. The Lynx is led by four-time NCAA individual qualifier Stephanie Gong, who is ranked fifth in the region – one spot ahead of Muhlenberg junior Amy Schmidt, who also received a bid to the individual championship.

Two other Rhodes players are ranked in the top 25 in the region, and two Rhodes doubles teams are in the top 10. The Mule doubles team of Schmidt and freshman Ashley Reed is ranked 10th in the region.

Muhlenberg is one of 26 teams competing for the NCAA championship. Each of the four regionals will be contested at two sites this weekend. Swarthmore and Mary Washington, both of which defeated the Mules this year, are at the other Atlantic South site, Washington & Lee.

The quarterfinals, semifinals and finals are scheduled for May 18-20 at Kalamazoo, Mich., prior to the individual championships.

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Last updated May 5, 2005