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Muhlenberg hosted its second-ever indoor track meet and came away with 19 individuals and relays who finished first or tied for first. The meet served to give some of the athletes a chance to compete in events in which
Emily Karel and Amanda Martini
Karel takes the baton from Martini to start the second leg of the 4x400. Martini also finished third in the 55 meters.
they don’t normally on a meet-by-meet basis.

The Mules, who had nearly as many competitors as the other four teams combined, went 1-2-3 in seven events. In the team scoring, the women easily defeated second-place DeSales by 140 points. The men were 26 points better than DeSales.

“This meet was all about keeping our progress as we move forward,” said senior Danielle Seiler, who won the 200 meters. “We wanted to keep improving on our times and qualify people for the Centennial Conference meet. Both our teams are ahead of where we were last year at this time.”

The top overall performer for the Mules was junior Jacquelyn
Lex Mercado
Mercado ran away with the 400 meters by nearly two seconds. His time of 51.86 was little more than a second off the school record he set last year.
, who finished first in the triple jump with an ECAC-qualifying leap, tied for first in the high jump and took second in the long jump.

Also of note:

• Junior Matthew Sallese won the shot put by more than four feet with an indoor career-best distance of 45-½, placing him fourth on Muhlenberg’s all-time list.

• Competing in the triple jump for the first time this year, sophomore Joel Haddock took first place. He also won the long jump.

• Juniors Steve Rothwell, Lex Mercado and Tim Seeley paced each other in the 1,500 and let the photo finish determine the winner. Rothwell, who paced the final laps, finished 0.01 of a second ahead of Mercado with Seeley just 0.13 back. “We decided that we’d split up the laps, lead each other and let the sensor decide who won,” said Rothwell.

For the women:

• Seiler, freshman Amanda Martini and sophomore Emily Karel finished 1-2-3 respectively in the 200 meters, and then joined senior Karen Mount, who won the 400 meters, to form the 4x400-meter relay team that finished first with the fifth-best time on Muhlenberg’s performance list.

• Long jumpers had the top four distances with junior Rachel Drosdick winning the event for the second time this year, followed by Inverso, Seiler and sophomore Erika Koop.

• Inverso, Koop and freshman Hannah Sylvester tied for first in the high jump.

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Last updated January 27, 2006