Throughout the 2007 season, the Muhlenberg track and field programs
demonstrated why they have been successful in the past and why they should
continue to be successful in the future.
Mitchell improved the school record in the javelin from
127-8 when she arrived to 145-4 when she left.
Seniors and freshmen garnered most of the accolades in another strong
campaign for the Mules. Outdoors, the mens and womens teams both
finished second at the Centennial Conference Championships, with the men
matching their best showing ever and the women landing in the top two for
the third year in a row. Indoors, the women were third, just a half-point
out of second, and the men placed fourth.
Of the eight gold medals won by Muhlenberg individuals at the CC meets,
three went to seniors and four to freshmen. Five of the eight runners on
the two gold-medal relay teams were seniors and freshmen. A Mule female
was named outstanding performer for field events at the CC Championships
both indoors (a freshman) and outdoors (a senior).
Senior Sarah Mitchell earned the honor at the outdoor championships
after winning the javelin to become the seventh four-time champion in CC
history. Mitchell qualified for the NCAA Championships for the second year
in a row, hitting the automatic standard with a school-record throw of
145-4 at The Lehigh Games. She also finished seventh in a field of mostly
Division I throwers at the Penn Relays.
In addition to his gold in the 4x800, Mercado won two
silver medals (in the 4x400 and DMR) at the CC indoor meet. He also won a
bronze in the outdoor 800.
Alex Faust was named outstanding performer at the indoor meet, one
of her many accomplishments during an outstanding freshman season. She won
the pole vault with a meet-record height at the CC Championships both
indoors and outdoors and set four school records (200 and pole vault,
indoor and outdoors). In addition to her CC gold medals in the vault,
Faust earned one silver and five bronzes as a sprinter, and she added a
gold in the pole vault at the indoor ECAC Championships.
Four other Mules won multiple CC gold medals: senior Katie
Hesselink-Hicks captured the high jump at both meets; and senior
Lex Mercado, sophomore Stuart Udis and freshman Patrick
Thornton all ran on the 4x800 relay teams that finished first indoors
and outdoors. The indoor 4x800 team defended its 2006 title, which was the
first not won by Haverford, while the outdoor quartet set a meet record.
Udis won the open 800 outdoors and came in second by a tenth of a second
indoors. He also set a school record in the 1,000 meters indoors.
Rounding out Muhlenbergs gold-medal winners at the CC Championships
were a pair of freshmen at the outdoor meet Debra Crockett in
the shot put and Brendan Kirk in the 400-meter intermediate
hurdles. Crockett also broke the indoor school record in the shot put, and
Kirk put his name in the record book in his gold-medal performance.
Senior Jacquelyn Inverso placed in six events at the CC
Outdoor Championships, with a best of second place in the long jump.
Senior Matthew Sallese broke the school record in the shot put both
indoors and outdoors, toppling a 31-year-old mark outdoors. Also breaking
school records were junior Dan Steinhart in the indoor 200,
freshman Jeremiah Lachaud in the outdoor 200 and sophomore David
Chorney in the indoor 3,000.