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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
2010 Season Review:

In 2010, three truly was a magic number for the Muhlenberg track and field teams. The men’s and women’s teams both placed third indoors and outdoors at the Centennial Conference Championships with the men finishing just 1.5 points out of second indoors. Though only the men’s outdoors finish represented an improvement in the standings from 2009, both teams earned more points than last year at both meets.

Alex Faust
Faust ended her career with three school records outdoors (in the 200, 400 and pole vault) and five indoors (in the 55, 200, 400, DMR and pole vault).
Three was also the number of athletes the Mules sent to the NCAAs. Seniors Alex Faust and Jennifer Lynch qualified for both the indoor and outdoor championships, while junior Bobby Torphy made it indoors. When all three received bids to the indoor championships, it was the first time in the program’s history that it sent men and women as individual competitors to a national meet together.

In their final seasons, Faust and Lynch left their names all over the Muhlenberg record books. Faust upped her record marks in the pole vault both indoors and outdoors, to 12-7 and 12-8 respectively, and earned All-America honors in both seasons after tying for sixth indoors and fourth outdoors. She once again won gold medals in the pole vault at both CC meets, making her the first athlete in CC history to win the same event both indoors and outdoors all four years, and added golds in the 200 and 400 at both meets. Faust was named the Most Outstanding Performer in field events at the indoor and outdoor meets and early in the season became the first athlete in Muhlenberg history to automatically qualify for the NCAA Championships in indoor track. She would again hit the auto mark outdoors and also qualified provisionally in the 400 with her school record time of 56.33.

Jennifer Lynch
After just two seasons on the team, Lynch ended her career with nine school records; outdoors, she holds the records in the 1500, 3000, 5000, and 4x800, while indoors she set the standard in the 1000, mile, 3000, 4x800 and DMR.
Lynch qualified for NCAAs in the mile indoors and the 1,500 outdoors. Though she did not reach the final in either, she made history by becoming the first Muhlenberg female to compete in NCAA championship events in all three seasons of an academic year (she was on the soccer team that received an NCAA bid in the fall). Lynch was named the Most Outstanding Performer in track events at the Indoor CC Championships after winning gold medals in the mile and the 3,000. Outdoors she earned silvers in the 1,500 and the 5,000.

In all the Mule teams combined to win 14 gold medals at the CC meets, five more than last season. Faust and Lynch accounted for eight, with freshman Colette Faust, Alex’s younger sister, adding another for the women in the high jump indoors.

Brendan Kirk
Kirk won five CC gold medals over the course of his career. His two as a senior, in the 4x200 and 4x400, were his first won indoors. Kirk won the 400 hurdles as a junior and freshman and also took gold as part of the 4x100 team as a junior.
The men won five gold medals, with three going to relay teams. The 4x200 team of seniors Brendan Kirk and Jeremiah Lachaud, sophomore Peter Rice and freshman Isaiah Vaughn broke the school record en route to a gold indoors, and Kirk and Rice combined with senior Bill Ryan and sophomore Chris Lysenko for a gold in the 4x400 indoors. Outdoors, Lachaud, Rice, Vaughn and sophomore Kyle Sullivan broke the school record and won the 4x100. Rice added a first-place finish in the 200 outdoors and sophomore Marc Brookland took gold in the long jump indoors.

In addition to his three gold medals, Rice won one silver and one bronze both indoors and outdoors running the 200 and 400. Torphy also had an all-around fantastic season, qualifying for NCAAs indoors in the 800 and adding CC silvers in the 800 outdoors and 4x800 indoors and bronze in the 4x400 outdoors. He also received the prestigious Elite 88 award at the NCAA Indoor Championships, which is given to the student-athlete with the highest grade-point average competing at the finals site of each of the NCAA’s 88 championships.

Lachaud, Vaughn and Sullivan finished 2-3-4 in the 100 outdoors. Lachaud also earned silver in the 55, and Kirk won silver in the 55 hurdles and bronze in the 400 hurdles. Brookland added three silvers (triple jump indoors and outdoors and long jump outdoors) to his gold, and early in the season he broke the oldest school record on the books with a triple jump of 45-3, eclipsing a mark that had stood since 1976.

On the women’s side, Colette Faust added to her gold in the high jump indoors with a silver in the event outdoors, as well as a bronze as part of the 4x400 team. Sophomore Kimberlee Yalango took bronze in the 800 and 4x400 at the outdoor meet and ran with the 4x800 team that broke the school record. Yalango also joined with Alex Faust, Lynch and sophomore Nicolette Miller to shatter the school record in the DMR and hit the NCAA provisional qualifying standard, becoming the first relay team in the history of the Mule women’s program to qualify. In her only year on the team, senior Jayne Condon placed in the 10,000 outdoors and broke the school record in the steeplechase in her final meet.

In total 21 school records fell in 2010: eight for the men and 13 for the women.

 

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