Track and Field 2014 Season Review



Stephanie Carnevale
Carnevale leaves Muhlenberg with school records in the 100-meter hurdles outdoors, as well as the 55-meter hurdles, 60-meter hurdles and 60-meter dash indoors. She won a gold, two silvers and five bronzes at the CC meets.
The 2014 season for the Muhlenberg track and field season could aptly be described as a throwaway, but not in the traditional sense. Instead of throwing fits or throwing away opportunities, the Mules simply threw javelins, discuses and shots – and often quite far.

Led by a pair of rising stars and an established talent, the Muhlenberg throws team accounted for three Centennial Conference medals, two of them golds, one All-America nod and almost a second in a banner campaign in which it accounted for a third of the men’s team’s points in a fifth-place finish at the CC Outdoor Championships. The men were sixth indoors, while the women placed fourth indoors and sixth outdoors.

At the head of the throwing pack again was junior Tyler Bauer. Already the owner of a school record in the javelin, Bauer became the second member of the Mule program to earn All-America status in more than one year, backing up a fifth-place finish a year ago with a sixth-place showing in his second appearance at the NCAA Championships. Before that, he captured gold at the CC Championships for the third straight season.

Despite competing in only one meet before the conference championships, sophomore Jordan Rosenthal solidified his status as one of the nation’s top throwers, joining Bauer to form an elite javelin tandem. Rosenthal uncorked a personal best of 195-11 on his first attempt at the CC meet, leading to a second straight silver medal and a trip to the national stage. Rosenthal qualified for the final by two centimeters, finishing in ninth, one place out of All-America status.

Senior Andy Wolfe, meanwhile, placed fifth in the javelin at the CC Championships, recording a personal best.

Scott Reutter
The versatile Reutter earned CC places in the decathlon, heptathlon, 60 hurdles and 100 hurdles during his career. His qualifying time in the 60 hurdles at this year’s indoor meet ranks third all-time at Muhlenberg.
The Mules unearthed another breakout star in Daniel Cano. The sophomore made history at the CC Outdoor Championships, becoming the first Mule to win a gold medal in the discus before unleashing a personal best of 147-6 to finish 10th overall at the ECAC Championships. He just missed out on a medal in the shot put, finishing fourth after a seventh-place showing a year ago. Cano also won bronze in the shot put at the CC indoor meet.

On the women’s side, the discus became a point of pride as a long winter finally gave way to spring. Three Mules earned places at the CC Championships, led by freshman Michelle Gaykowski, who finished fourth with the third-best throw in program history. Sophomore Jessica Thimmel and junior Cora Wallace were seventh and eighth, respectively, and Thimmel fell an inch shy of her own school record with a silver medal at the Muhlenberg Invitational.

While the throwers launched their way into the spotlight, plenty of other Mules managed to shine.

Stephanie Carnevale earned five more places at the CC meets, ending her career with an even 20. She won bronze medals in the 60 and 60 hurdles indoors as well as the 100 hurdles outdoors.

Classmate Nicki Cronin posted the fourth-best time in school history in the 1,500 at the CC Championships, placing fifth and qualifying for the ECAC Championships, where she finished 11th. Cronin was fifth in the indoor mile.

Nicki Cronin
Cronin contributed to school records in the indoor 4x800 and DMR and earned 13 places at CC meets, with one gold, two silvers and three bronzes during her career.
Senior Lauren Zakheim saved her best for last, placing fourth with an ECAC-qualifying time in the outdoor 800. Her time in prelims was good for fifth on the all-time performance list.

Freshman Claudia Theriault burst onto the scene in a big way, collecting a silver medal in the pole vault outdoors after finishing fourth indoors. Classmate Jacqueline Jones placed in both the high jump and pole vault at both conference meets, garnering a bronze medal in the high jump indoors and taking fifth in the outdoor pole vault. Junior Jacob Miller-Sobel was fourth in the pole vault both indoors and outdoors, and senior Erin Saucier captured a bronze medal indoors.

Sophomore Katrina Faust turned in a stellar campaign, earning three places at both CC meets. She was sixth in the high jump and pole vault both indoors and outdoors to go along with a fifth in the 100 hurdles and a seventh in the 60 hurdles. Classmate Ashley Riley also had a strong season, placing in the long jump at both CC meets and in the triple jump outdoors.

Fellow sophomore Claire Thornton was fifth in the 800 indoors and seventh outdoors, and classmate Melanie Tramontina was eighth in the outdoor 5,000, posting the seventh-best time in program history.

Junior Cody Geyer proved his value in his first season on the team, earning a silver medal in the 60-meter dash indoors and placing fifth in the 100 outdoors. Sophomore Brandon Tauber and rookie Trevor Luck each placed in the high jump at both conference meets, with Tauber winning a bronze indoors.

Another newcomer, freshman Jaryd Flank, turned in the second-best clocking in program history in the outdoor steeplechase, placing eighth at the conference meet.

Senior Scott Reutter placed fourth in the indoor heptathlon with 3,863 points, 374 higher than the standard he set last year when he was the first Mule to compete in the event. He also was seventh in the 60-meter hurdles, jumping to third on the performance list, and won the long jump en route to a sixth-place showing in the decathlon outdoors. Fellow senior Amber Lee Wojtkowski placed fifth in the indoor hurdles.