Both Muhlenberg track and field teams extended successful streaks at the
2006 Centennial Conference Indoor Championships, and the women went on to
have a history-making outdoor season.
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.
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 womens team featured three athletes who won gold medals at the CC
meet both indoors and outdoors. Senior Karen Mount had the biggest
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.
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.
Senior Danielle Seiler repeated as the 400-meter champion indoors,
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
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
for one of the Mules five golds, but it was not enough to prevent
Haverford from capturing the title by 1.5 points.
Seiler, an Academic All-District selection, contributed to five school
records during the indoor season.
At the outdoor meet, junior Sarah Mitchell won her third straight
the javelin. She placed seventh at the NCAA Championships with a
school-record throw to become the first All-American in Muhlenberg
For the mens team, junior Lex Mercado had an outstanding
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
senior Jason Finkelstein and junior Steve Rothwell to break
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
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
competing in his first decathlon at the outdoor championship meet, won by