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Saturday, February 12, 2005
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Two Women Break Track Records
Mules Fare Well at Bucknell

Senior Jenna Belisonzi and freshman Sara Gearin of the Muhlenberg women’s indoor track team broke school records at the Bucknell Winter Classic.

Belisonzi lopped more than 14 seconds off the record in the 5,000 meters, running 18:38.20 to finish in fourth place and qualify for ECACs. The women’s 5K mark set in 1994 stood for a long time before getting broken last year, and now the time has been lowered for the second year in a row.

Gearin, like Belisonzi, knocked teammate Karen Mount out of the record book. Gearin ran an ECAC-qualifying 3:07.17 in the 1,000 meters.

The women also got a key ECAC-qualifying performance in the triple jump from sophomore Jacquelyn Inverso, who had been sidelined nearly a month with injury. She jumped a season-best 36-2¾.

One member of the men’s team qualified for ECACs: sophomore Lex Mercado, who finished third in 1:57.08 in the 800 meters.

Senior John Brodowski scored the Mules’ top individual place by tying for second in the high jump.

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In its final tuneup before hosting the Centennial Conference Championships next Saturday, the Muhlenberg wrestling team swept Washington & Lee (34-19) and Baptist Bible (36-18).

The Mules finished with a record of 8-10, 4-3 in the CC. They won six of their final 10 matches after a 2-6 start.

Every one of Muhlenberg’s 12 wins at Baptist Bible came with bonus points; it helped that the host school forfeited five weight classes.

Sophomore 197 Matt Loesch recorded a technical fall and a forfeit to finish the dual-meet season a perfect 16-0. He was one win short of the school record for most wins in an undefeated dual season, shared by Scott Schlenker (1987) and Tyler Cathey (2001). Loesch has won 23 consecutive dual-meet bouts, the seventh-longest streak in team history, and was the only Mule wrestler to go 7-0 in CC matches this year.

Muhlenberg’s other defending CC champion, junior 149 Dale Mills, also will be going into the CC meet on a high note. He notched his third consecutive technical fall in the CC match against Washington & Lee. Mills has won all five of his bouts since returning from a prolonged injury, three by tech fall.

Junior Chris Gibson was the only Mule to win two contested bouts, and he did it by scoring his first two pins of the season.

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Last updated February 12, 2005