Mayden, Bauer Headed to National Track & Field Meet

Monday, May 20, 2013

Baseball honors

NCAA track logo For two Muhlenberg track and field athletes, it’s La Crosse season.

Samantha Mayden (5,000 meters), who graduated yesterday, and sophomore Tyler Bauer (javelin) qualified to compete at the NCAA Division III Track & Field Championships, to be held this weekend at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. Both are scheduled to compete on Saturday.

Mayden will be making her fifth appearance in an NCAA championship event: She qualified in cross country in both 2011 and 2012 and ran at national track meets in the 5,000 outdoors last spring and in the distance medley relay indoors this winter. She joins Will Elson (2002-03) and David Chorney (2008-09) as the only Mule athletes to earn a spot in the NCAAs in all three seasons of a school year and ties Chorney’s mark with five total appearances. Mayden also is only the second Mule to qualify multiple times in both cross country and track – Bobby Torphy ’11, who went twice in cross country and twice in indoor track, is the other.

Last year, Mayden got in as the 22nd and last qualifer in the 5K and finished 18th. This year, she enters the meet seeded fourth following her school-record 16:47.15 performance at the Penn Relays.

Bauer is in the national field for the first time, seeded 10th out of 20 qualifiers in the javelin. He set a school record of 209-3 (63.78 meters) in winning his second straight Centennial Conference gold medal earlier this month. Bauer is the first national qualifier in a field event from the men’s team since 2002, and he’s also the first Muhlenberg male to qualify for NCAAs as a sophomore since 2003.

The Mules have qualified at least one athlete for the NCAA outdoor meet every year but one since 2001. This is the first time since 2009 that Muhlenberg will be represented by a female athlete and a male athlete at nationals.
Click here for the meet site.