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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
2006 Season Review:

Both Muhlenberg track and field teams extended successful streaks at the 2006 Centennial Conference Indoor Championships, and the women went on to
Karen Mount
Mount finished her career as holder of 11 school records, six in individual events and five in relays. She knocked more than 12 seconds off her 2005 school record in the outdoor 1,500.
have a history-making outdoor season.

At the indoor championships, the men came in third, finishing in the top three for the sixth year in a row – a run matched only by perennial champion Haverford. The women finished second for the second straight season; since coming in ninth in 2000, they have improved or maintained their standing every year.

Outdoors, the women sent three athletes to the NCAA Championships for the first time, and one of them returned as the first All-American in program history. The women again finished in the runner-up spot at the CC Championships, while the men slipped to sixth.

The women’s team featured three athletes who won gold medals at the CC meet both indoors and outdoors. Senior Karen Mount had the biggest
Jason Finkelstein
His double-gold performance at the CC indoor meet was a contributing factor in Finkelstein receiving an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship. He also earned a spot on the Academic All-America first team.
haul, capturing the 800 and mile indoors and the 800 and 1,500 outdoors. She posted NCAA provisional qualifying marks in all four events. Mount missed an invitation to the indoor nationals by one one-hundredth of a second in the mile, but did get to compete in the 1,500 at the outdoor meet.

Senior Danielle Seiler repeated as the 400-meter champion indoors, then overcame an injury to win her fourth consecutive gold in the 400-meter hurdles outdoors. Just the fifth four-time outdoor champ in CC women's history, Seiler finished her career with nine career gold medals (six outdoors and three indoors) and participated in the NCAA Championships for the third straight year.

For the second time in her career, junior Jacquelyn Inverso was named the Most Outstanding Performer for field events at the CC indoor meet. She won the triple jump and placed third in the 55-meter hurdles and high jump and eighth in the long jump. Inverso pulled out the outdoor triple jump title on her last attempt, hitting the NCAA provisional mark in the process.

Junior Rachel Drosdick captured the long jump at the indoor championships
Danielle Seiler
Seiler, an Academic All-District selection, contributed to five school records during the indoor season.
for one of the Mules’ five golds, but it was not enough to prevent Haverford from capturing the title by 1.5 points.

At the outdoor meet, junior Sarah Mitchell won her third straight title in the javelin. She placed seventh at the NCAA Championships with a school-record throw to become the first All-American in Muhlenberg women’s history.

For the men’s team, junior Lex Mercado had an outstanding season, winning three CC gold medals indoors and one outdoors. One of his indoor medals came in the 4x800-meter relay, as he teamed with freshman Stuart Udis, senior Jason Finkelstein and junior Steve Rothwell to break Haverford’s 12-year dominance of that event and set a meet record.

Mercado (who won the open 800 both indoors and outdoors), Rothwell and Finkelstein also combined with sophomore Dan Steinhart to capture the 4x400-meter relay at the CC meet. The following week, Mercado, Steinhart, Udis and Rothwell won the distance-medley relay at the ECAC Championships.

The Mules’ other CC gold medal came when sophomore Michael Karchner, competing in his first decathlon at the outdoor championship meet, won by 169 points.

 

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