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 Mike Falk
 Sports Information Director
 Muhlenberg College
 2400 Chew Street
 Allentown PA 18104
 484-664-3232
 falk@muhlenberg.edu

Track & Field
2005 Season Review:

What a difference five years can make – or even just two months.

The Muhlenberg women’s track and field team won its first conference championship ever by Centennial
Conference Champions! capturing the 2005 Centennial Conference outdoor title at home at Scotty Wood Stadium. The Mules had come close at the indoor meet, taking a slim lead into the final event before settling for second place by 2½ points to host Dickinson.

Both achievements were remarkable for a team that finished ninth out of 10 teams at the 2000 CC Championships, both indoors and outdoors.

The Muhlenberg men finished second indoors and third outdoors, placing in the top three in both for the fourth time in five years. They ended their season on an individual high note, as senior John Brodowski earned All-America honors by finishing fourth in the decathlon at the NCAA Championships.

Indoors and outdoors, women and men, the Mules combined to break or tie 37 school records, win 11 CC gold medals and qualify six athletes for the NCAA Championships.

With a much-improved home facility to practice in every day, the Muhlenberg teams had a big advantage
Ashlie Hankee
Hankee broke her own school record in the 110-meter high hurdles three of the last four times she ran the event. Her best time of 14.87 met the NCAA provisional qualifying standard.
over previous years for the indoor season. The Mules hosted their first two indoor meets in Deitrich Field House, sweeping Ursinus and DeSales in a triangular and holding a pentathlon.

At the CC Indoor Championships, the Muhlenberg women were 14 points behind Dickinson after the first day, but survived a tumultuous second day in which junior Danielle Seiler won the 400 meters, then had the victory taken away on a protest, then restored on appeal, to take a 14-point lead with three events to go.

Dickinson came back, however, thanks to a strong showing in the 5,000 meters, and trailed by just a half-point heading into the 4x400-meter relay. When the Red Devils crossed the finish line two places ahead of the Mules, they had their championship.

Seiler had a part in the Mules’ only other gold medal of the meet, running the anchor leg of the 4x200-meter relay team that finished first
John Brodowski
Brodowski finished his career as the holder of nine school records. He increased the school record in the decathlon from 4,714 to a CC-record 6,818.
in school-record time. The other members were seniors Ashlie Hankee and Danielle Bovelle and freshman Jenna Lombardi.

The men’s team was on the opposite end of a close finish, only this was for second place behind perennial champion Haverford. A third-place showing in the 4x400 gave Muhlenberg second place by a half-point over Dickinson.

A week after the CC Championships, Muhlenberg sent its largest contingent ever to the ECAC Championships, where the women tied for 11th and the men tied for 16th, both reaching all-time highs in points. The men’s 4x800-meter relay team of senior Christopher Martin, sophomore Lex Mercado, senior Calvin Tintle and sophomore Stephen Rothwell took first place, shattering the school record by almost 10 seconds and breaking St. Lawrence’s Newell Field House record.

The outdoor season was abbreviated by the weather, as the first two scheduled meets were cancelled. The Mules sent their entire team to only four meets prior to the conference championships, but the women, who took first place in the small-college division at the Delaware Invitational, were ready.

Considering the closeness of the indoor meet and the previous two outdoor championships (both won by Gettysburg by a total of five points), there was every reason to expect another competition that would go down to the wire. But Muhlenberg ran a near-perfect meet, placing an athlete in the top three in 15 of 21
Karen Mount
Junior Karen Mount broke or contributed to six school records and won five silver medals at the two CC meets in 2005.
events, to unseat Gettysburg by a whopping 33½ points.

Seiler was named Most Outstanding Performer for track events after winning both the 400 meters and the 400-meter hurdles for the second year in a row. She set school records in both, as well as with the second-place 4x100-meter relay. Seiler ultimately earned her second straight trip to the NCAA Championships in the hurdles.

Senior Meghan Douglas-Snyder and sophomore Sarah Mitchell also were repeat winners. Douglas-Snyder won the pole vault for the fourth time in her career, matching her own school record. Mitchell won her second straight gold in the javelin, reaching the NCAA provisional standard.

Senior Jenna Belisonzi, in her first season running track at Muhlenberg, effectively slammed the door on the championship by winning the 5,000 meters. Earlier in the meet, she provisionally qualified for NCAAs the first time she ran the 10,000 meters.

Although the men were edged out by Ursinus for second place, they also had an outstanding meet, particularly their two senior decathletes. Harry Kegelman won the decathlon, coming back from fifth place after the first day and 120 points down heading into the final event.

Brodowski didn’t run the decathlon at the CC meet, but it seemed like he was in everything else. He placed in seven events to earn Most Outstanding Performer honors for field events for the second time in his career. Brodowski became only the fifth athlete in CC history to win three events, capturing 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. He set school records in both hurdle events and ran the anchor leg of the 4x100 relay team that also broke a school record.

Brodowski earned his third straight trip to the NCAA meet in the decathlon, and after finishing no higher than 13th the previous two times, he went out on top, coming in fourth. Along the way, he long jumped 22 feet, 7 inches to tie the oldest school record in the book, set by Ben Hubbard in 1916.

 

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