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Tuesday, January 25, 2005
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TRACK TEAMS TO MAKE HISTORY

Muhlenberg College will host its first indoor track meet ever when the Mules welcome DeSales and Ursinus for a triangular meet on Friday. The field events are scheduled to begin at 4:00, with the first running event slated for 6:00.

The John Deitrich Field House was refurbished over the summer as part of the Life Sports Center renovations. The old all-purpose surface, installed in 1982, was replaced with a track oval that
Kristin Boydston
Senior Kristin Boydston, who placed fourth in the shot put at the 2004 CC Championships, has the third-best mark so far this season.
features the same polyurethane surface as the outdoor track. A jump pit and pole vault box were also added.

“It will be pretty exciting to have Muhlenberg students coming to one of our meets,” said senior Christopher Martin. “Hopefully we’re going to have a lot of fans supporting us.”

Regardless of the level of support on Friday, the new facility has already paid great dividends, as demonstrated in the Mules’ first two meets of the season. Last week at Susquehanna, the women’s and men’s teams combined for 33 performances that make the Centennial Confererence top-10 list and 17 additions last night to Muhlenberg’s all-time top-10 list.

“Last year, everyone had shin splints [from the old indoor surface] after the first few weeks,” noted Martin. “Now we can train hard more often and not worry about injuries. Last year the coaches were hesitant to do more than one speed workout a week. Now we do two speed workouts and are able to bounce back.

“I think you can see the difference in the performances. It’s really dramatic,” he added. “We are way ahead of where we were at this point last year.”

The men’s team has shown particular strength in the middle distance and distance events. Sophomore Lex Mercado won the 800 in impressive fashion at Susquehanna, leading from start to finish, and ran a solid 400 at Kutztown. Sophomore Stephen Rothwell owns the top 1,500 time in the CC so far this year, and sophomore Tim Seeley had a huge personal record in the 5,000 at Susquehanna. In the jumps and hurdles, senior John Brodowski is off to a good start.

Jumps have been an area of strength for the women’s team. Led by sophomores Rachel Drosdick and Jacquelyn Inverso, Muhlenberg has three of the top four CC performances in the high jump so far this season. Drosdick set her second personal high jump record in as many weeks at Susquehanna and has also done well in the hurdles. Seniors Ashlie Hankee, who ran an ECAC-qualifying time in the hurdles last week, and Jenna Belisonzi, who has the second-best 1,500 time in the CC, are among the team’s other top performers.

Friday’s meet will be scored and is scheduled to conclude by 9:00.


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Last updated January 25, 2005