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TRACK & FIELD PLACES THREE
ON DAY ONE
Loesch Survives to Earn All-American Status

Senior Matt Loesch (197) is the only Muhlenberg wrestler remaining in competition at the NCAA Championships and has come away with All-American status for the third year in a row.

After a first-round bye, Loesch defeated his Johnson and Wales opponent by decision, 5-3, in sudden victory. He will compete in the semifinals tomorrow against a competitor from Buena Vista.

Muhlenberg’s other three wrestlers – sophomore Billy Hall (133), sophomore Rob Kein (141) and junior Joe Tartar (HWT) – have all been knocked out of competition with two losses apiece.

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It’s as easy as one, two, three for the Mules.

The Muhlenberg track and field teams have come out of the first day of competition at the ECAC Championships with one gold medal, two school records and three place finishers.

Freshman Alex Faust won the women’s pole vault for the Mules, clearing 11-6½ and breaking the school record she set earlier this year. This win didn’t come easy for her, however. At the start, Faust missed her first two attempts at 9’ but then cleared all of her subsequent jumps until she missed at 12’.

In the men’s distance medley relay, the team of sophomore Stuart Udis, junior Dan Steinhart, senior Lex Mercado and sophomore David Chorney took home the bronze, running the event in 10:23.08. That time lands them fourth on the Muhlenberg all-time performance list.

Senior Matthew Sallese was the Mules’ final place finisher, earning sixth place in the shot put on a throw of 48-8. Like Faust, Sallese started off slow – finishing only ninth in the preliminary round – but then exploded on his last throw to move him up to sixth place at the end of competition. Also like Faust, Sallese set a school record in his event. He even improved upon his former personal-best throw by more than three and a half feet.

Muhlenberg will wrap up competition at the ECAC Championships tomorrow, with six athletes set to compete.

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Last updated March 2, 2007