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After finishing ninth in 2000, seventh each of the next two years, fifth in 2003 and fourth last season, the Muhlenberg women’s indoor track and field team hopes to accelerate its progress when it travels to Dickinson for the Centennial Conference Championships this weekend.

Competition begins Saturday at 12 noon and is scheduled to wrap up by 3:00 on Sunday afternoon. The schedule had to be adjusted this year because Dickinson is also hosting the CC women’s basketball tournament.

While the Mule men seem destined to battle it out for second place to a strong Haverford team that has won every CC indoor title but one since the
Stephen Rothwell
Sophomore Stephen Rothwell is scheduled to compete in the 800 meters, mile and three relays. He is seventh on the CC performance list in the 800 and eighth in the mile.
league’s formation in 1994, the women have a legitimate shot at their first conference track championship ever.

“I’m very excited,” said senior Ashlie Hankee, who was a freshman on the 2002 team that finished seventh. “I honestly think we can take it, if everyone performs where they’re seeded or a little higher.”

Muhlenberg looks strong across the board. On the CC’s top performances list, the Mules have at least one athlete seeded in the top five in 12 of the 13 individual events. They also have the top time in the 4x200-meter relay and the second-best in the 4x400.

Sophomore Jacquelyn Inverso is ranked in the top eight in four events despite missing most of the season with an injury. She recorded an ECAC-qualifying mark in the triple jump in both meets since returning to action, including a CC-best 36-2¾ at Bucknell. Inverso won the triple and high jumps while placing second in the long jump and fifth in the 55 hurdles at the 2004 CC Championships, earning Most Outstanding Performer honors for field events.

Sophomore Rachel Drosdick (long jump) and junior Danielle Seiler (400 meters) also sit atop the performance lists in their respective events. Drosdick also is third in the high jump and fifth in the 55 hurdles. Seiler, the 2004 CC outdoor champion in the 400, is seeded fourth in the 200 and will be a key contributor to the Mules’ relay teams.

In her first season running indoor track at Muhlenberg, senior Jenna Belisonzi should be a factor in the distance races. She has the third-best time in the 5,000 and the fourth-best in the 3,000.

Last year, the Mules finished with 104.5 points, just behind third-place Dickinson (108). Haverford (149.5) and Gettysburg (136) were first and second, and the same four schools figure to be the top contenders again this year.

“We’ve had an awesome year so far, and I think the coaches have done a good job of getting everyone in the right spot,” said Hankee, who is scheduled to run in the 55, 55 hurdles, 200 and 4x200.

The Muhlenberg men’s team also finished just behind Dickinson last year, with 95 points to the Red Devils’ 97.5. Problem was, Haverford scored a meet-record 212 points.

The Mules finished second in both 2002 and 2003 and would like to get back there. They will lean heavily on senior John Brodowski, scheduled to compete in the 55 hurdles, long jump, high jump, pole vault and two relays. The 2003 CC indoor champion in the high jump, Brodowski is seeded in the top five in all four individual events.

Sophomore Lex Mercado (third in the 800 and fourth in the 400) and freshman Joel Haddock (second in the triple jump, third in the long jump) also rank among the CC’s top performers in more than one event. Mercado was the runner-up in the 800 last year.

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Last updated February 24, 2005