VanSyckle, Chorney and Mahoney isn’t a law firm, but a trio who can make a strong case that the Muhlenberg cross country teams had a solid 2008 season.
To say that those three led the Mules would be
an understatement. Senior Timothy VanSyckle was the first Muhlenberg runner across the finish line in every race he lined up for. In every race he completed, senior David Chorney was the second Mule across the line.
In a field of 270 runners, VanSyckle (right) was fourth and Chorney 10th at the Paul Short Run. It was the second straight year both placed in the top 10.
Sophomore Kate Mahoney emerged as the top runner for the women’s team, setting the pace for the Mules in every race but the first.
The men wound up fifth at the Centennial Conference
Championships, snapping a streak of eight consecutive top-four finishes, and 10th at the NCAA Mideast Regional, their fifth straight top-10 showing. The women placed in the top 15 in the region for the sixth year in a row and were eighth at the CC meet.
Van Syckle and Chorney made history by earning their third bids to the NCAA Division III Championships. Both were members of the Muhlenberg team that qualified in 2006, and both earned individual berths in both 2007 and 2008.
VanSyckle made the field by finishing seventh at the Mideast Regional, posting the highest place
ever by a Muhlenberg male runner, while Chorney was 20th. The two seniors represented well at the national meet in Hanover, Ind., both posting career-best finishes – 99th for VanSyckle and 116th for Chorney – in their third try.
Mahoney placed third at the Mule/Falcon Classic.
The Muhlenberg teams enjoyed success at their only “home” meet, with both winning the Mule/Falcon Classic for the first time since 1997. The men placed seven runners in the top 10 to win by 27 points, and the women enjoyed an even bigger margin of victory, 32 points.
The men went on to come in fourth out of 41 complete teams at the prestigious Paul Short Run, beating two Division I squads, a host of Division II outfits, and a pair of
Division III teams ranked higher in the region.
In the final tuneup for the CC Championships, the women’s team came in fifth at Lafayette’s Leopard Invitational, coming in ahead of three teams from higher divisions.
VanSyckle matched the best finish ever by a Mule at the CC meet (third place), and Mahoney registered the highest place (10th) by a Muhlenberg woman at the CC Championships since 2005. She went on to earn all-region honors by landing 26th at the Mideast Regional.
With the graduation of their top two runners, the men will turn to a group of promising youngsters like junior Patrick Thornton, sophomores Bobby Torphy, Rob Nihen and Ryan Wilson and freshman Steven Monteleone to lead them in the future.
And the women? They had no seniors and two juniors (Lauren Conicella and Alaina Ferretti) on the roster, so the core of the team, which includes sophomores Mahoney, Kim Bier, Hannah Mitchell and Abby Simons and freshmen Melissa Ugelow and Sarah Lawrence, will be able to grow and improve together.