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Seiler, Brodowski Named Most Outstanding

Senior John Brodowski earned Most Outstanding Performer honors for the second time in his career, leading the Muhlenberg men’s track and field team to a third-place finish at the CC Championships.

Haverford won its 12th consecutive title. The Mules trailed Ursinus in the race for second by only two points heading into the final event, but flubbed an exchange in the 4x400 relay and had to settle for third – their fourth top-three finish in five years.

Brodowski had a sensational meet, becoming only the fifth athlete in CC history to win three events. He captured the high jump, 110 hurdles and javelin while also placing second in the long jump, third in the 400 hurdles and fourth in the pole vault. Brodowski set school records in both hurdle events and ran the anchor leg of the 4x100 relay team that also broke a school record.

Click here for a video of Brodowski’s win against the defending champion in the 110 hurdles.

“In a couple of events I was seeded first so I was kind of expected to win, but to be able to do it is a whole other thing,” said Brodowski, who needed his final throw to take first place in the javelin, setting a personal record by five feet.

Brodowski is the first two-time Most Outstanding Performer in Muhlenberg history, and just the second in CC history. He also received the honor in 2003, when he placed in a mere five individual events.

Sophomore Stephen Rothwell won two medals on the final day of the meet, earning a silver in the 1,500 and a bronze in the 800.

Dan Steinhart

Although seniors were responsible for 65 of the Mules’ 120 points, freshmen like Dan Steinhart (above, fifth in the 400), Joel Haddock (second in the triple jump and fifth in the long jump) and Adam Carter (fifth in the decathlon and sixth in the high jump) point to a bright future for the team.

Conference Champions! For the past several years, Muhlenberg track and field coach Brad Hackett kept in his office an oversized Nestle Crunch bar, which he promised his team could have if it ever won a conference championship.

On Sunday, the Mule women had their chocolate and ate it too, winning their first Centennial Conference title at home at Scotty Wood Stadium. In a departure from the recent close finishes, both indoors and outdoors, Muhlenberg scored 173½ points to easily defeat two-time defending champion Gettysburg by 33½ points.

The Mules began the final day in third place but pulled away with incredible all-around team excellence, winning a medal in all but one of the 13 championship finals on Sunday. Muhlenberg scored 129 points on the final day alone – nearly as many as Gettysburg scored in the entire meet (140).

The championship capped the Mules’ quick ascent to the top of the CC. After finishing no higher than eighth the first seven years of the CC, they moved to seventh in 2002, fifth in 2003 and fourth last year.

“We were happy to be seventh [as freshmen],” said senior Meghan Douglas-Snyder, who won the pole vault for one of Muhlenberg’s school-record five gold medals. “Coach Hackett has recruited so many good athletes since then, and we just kept getting better.”

One of those athletes is junior Danielle Seiler, who was named Most Outstanding Performer for track events after winning both the 400 and 400 intermediate hurdles for the second
Ashlie Hankee
Senior Ashlie Hankee was an NCAA provisional qualifier in the 100 hurdles, breaking her own school record and finishing seventh. She also ran the anchor leg of the 4x100 team and placed in the 100 meters and 200 meters.
year in a row. She set school record in both, qualifying provisionally for the NCAA Championships in the hurdles. Seiler, the first Muhlenberg female to win Most Outstanding at an outdoor conference championship, also earned silver medals on the 4x100 and 4x400 relay teams.

Joining Seiler as gold-medal winners were senior Jenna Belisonzi in the 5,000 meters and sophomore Sarah Mitchell in the javelin. Mitchell won the javelin for the second straight year, hitting the NCAA provisional mark.

Freshman Jenna Lombardi and junior Karen Mount won a pair of silver medals apiece individually. In relays, Lombardi added two silvers and Mount one.

Douglas-Snyder said the team first thought about winning a conference championship the week before the CC indoor meet. The Mules led that meet for much of the last day, but wound up finishing a close second.

“Going into this one, we were thinking about that, and how now we were in the spot where we could go after it,” she said. “And we just went after it.”

Women’s track and field joined football as the only Muhlenberg teams to win Centennial Conference championships in 2004-05.

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