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Sophomore Michael Karchner built on his early lead to win the decathlon on the second day of the Centennial Conference Outdoor Track and
Michael Karchner
Karchner is Muhlenberg’s second consecutive CC decathlon champion. He added an eighth-place finish in the long jump.
Field Championships.

Karchner, who led by 90 points at the halfway mark, began the second day by running the hurdles six seconds faster than his closest competitor to open up a commanding lead. He wound up finishing first by 169 points, and his total of 5,391 was the second-best in Muhlenberg history.

Karchner was the only Mule to capture a gold medal, but several others put themselves in position to win in Sunday’s finals. Heading into the final event of Saturday, the women’s pole vault, the Muhlenberg men were in fourth place, and the defending-champion Mule women were third.

The women’s team enjoyed success in heptathlon, with junior Rachel Drosdick (fourth), freshman Hannah Sylvester (fifth) and junior Kim David (eighth) all scoring points. Drosdick and Sylvester both posted ECAC-qualifying totals.

Drosdick went on to earn a bronze medal in the long jump, breaking her own school record with a leap of 17-4. She edged out classmate Jacquelyn Inverso – who also broke the previous school record – by two centimeters.

The women did very well in the preliminary heats. Inverso, Drosdick and David all qualified for the final in the 100 high hurdles. Seniors Karen Mount (800 meters) and Danielle Seiler (400 intermediate hurdles) both had the fastest qualifying times in their respective events. Freshman Amanda Martini and sophomore Emily Karel qualified for the finals in both the 200 and 400.

A team of three freshmen and a sophomore picked up a silver medal in the 4x800 relay.

For the men, junior Lex Mercado crossed the finish line with the best time in the 800-meter preliminaries. Sophomore Dan Steinhart reached the final in both the 200 and 400, missing the ECAC-qualifying time by two hundredths of a second in the 200.

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