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CHAMPIONSHIP PREVIEW
TRACK TEAMS ON A MISSION

“Mission: Impossible III” opens in theatres tonight, but for the Centennial Conference men’s outdoor track and field teams, “Mission: Impossible 13” begins at McDaniel today.

Haverford won the Centennial Conference championship in each of the first
KARCHNER LEADS DECATHLON

Halfway through his first decathlon, Mule sophomore Michael Karchner is in first place at the Centennial Conference Championships.

Karchner scored 3,033 points to open up a 90-point lead. He had the best score in each of the first two events, the 100 meters and the long jump.

The Muhlenberg women have three in the top six of the heptathlon, with junior Rachel Drosdick in third, freshman Hannah Sylvester in fourth and junior Kim David in sixth.

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12 years of the league’s existence, and Muhlenberg is among the teams looking to unseat the Fords. The Mules finished third last year and have placed in the top three four of the last five seasons.

The championship meet opens today with the 10,000-meter final and the first events of the heptathlon and decathlon, and continues through Sunday.

The Mule women face a different, but equally challenging mission: defending the league championship they worked so hard to win last year. Muhlenberg completed a seven-year climb from the bottom to the top in 2005 and will have to head off Haverford, the indoor champion, Dickinson and Gettysburg in order to repeat.

The women also face an internal challenge, as injuries will prevent the Mules from fielding their top lineup this weekend. Senior Danielle Seiler, the defending CC champion in the 400 and 400 hurdles and the Outstanding Performer at last year’s meet, will have to sit out the 400 and 4x100 relay.

Still, Muhlenberg has several athletes who can score points in multiple events. Senior Karen Mount enters the meet with the fastest time in the CC in the 1,500 and the second-fastest in the 800. An NCAA provisional qualifier in both events, she won the 800 and mile at the CC indoor meet. Junior Jacquelyn Inverso, the Outstanding Performer for field
Kim David
Junior Kim David is fourth on the CC performance list in the heptathlon and fifth in the 100 hurdles.
events at this year’s indoor meet, ranks second on the CC performance list in the triple jump and third in the long jump. Junior Rachel Drosdick, the indoor champion in the long jump, is second in the high jump and 100 hurdles.

Junior Sarah Mitchell, seeking her third straight gold in the javelin, has thrown more than 20 feet further than any other CC competitor this season.

The men will lean heavily on junior Lex Mercado, who won three gold medals at the CC indoor meet. He tops the CC performance list in the 800 and is third in the 1,500. Mercado was a member of the 4x800 team that took first place at the indoor championships, snapping Haverford’s 12-year monopoly of that event.

Other strong medal contenders for the men include junior Steve Rothwell in the 1,500, sophomore Dan Steinhart in the 400, sophomore Joel Haddock in the long and triple jumps, freshman Pat Cunning and sophomore Adam Carter in the high jump, junior Matthew Sallese in the shot put and freshman Evan Sheppard in the discus.


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Last updated May 5, 2006