LEWISBURG, Pa. – History was made on Saturday as the Susquehanna men's and women's track & field teams opened their indoor season at the Bison Open.
Although many personal records were recorded throughout the day in what was a solid opening meet for the Crusaders, it was Ian Quinlan's (Eagle View, Pa./Methacton/Lehigh) school-record time of 14:44.04 in the 5k that stole the show. It marked a PR for the senior while also surpassing the previous program record of 14:47.16, set by Paul Thistle '10 in 2010.
In other men's action, Carter Buxton (Madison, N.J./Madison) had SU's top time in the 200 meter dash (24.59), a PR, while in the 300 meter dash, Chance King (Newburgh, N.Y./Newburgh Free Academy) and Matt Erford (Shrewsbury, Pa./Loyola Blakefield) provided the highlights for the Crusaders, finishing in respective times of 37.46 and 39.56. King's time was easily a PR, as was Erford's.
Buxton went on to run a time of 53.63 in the 400 meter and was followed by Erford (54.70), Andrew Jennings (Charlottesville, Va./Western Albemarle) (55.26) and Logan Scholl (57.14) in the same heat. Ross Koehler (Park Ridge, N.J./Park Ridge) won his 500 meter heat in a time of 1:09.56
Justin Zarzaca (Leonardtown, Md./Leonardtown) set a PR in the one-mile race with his time of 4:37.08. His previous career-best time was 4:49.69, set nearly three years ago at the Landmark Conference Championships.
Meanwhile, in the 60 meter hurdles, Brian Etz (Cortland, N.Y./Cortland H.S.) (9.50), Kevin Melley (Ridgefield Park, N.J./Ridgefield Park) (9.53) and Michael Terwilliger (Honesdale, Pa./Honesdale) (9.55) posted consistent times.
The 4 x 400 relay team, made up of Koehler, King, Brendon Albaugh (Ewing, N.J./The Peddie School) and Ben Wilson (Hughesville, Pa./Hughesville) finished in 3:32.76.
In the field events, reigning Landmark Conference Field Rookie of the Year Seth Landgraf (Millersburg, Pa./Millersburg Area) set a PR in the weight throw with his mark of 14.16m, eclipsing his previous mark of 13.89m.
The women had their share of highlights, as well. In the 300 meter dash, consistency was the theme as Laura Alleva (Malvern, Pa./Great Valley) (45.12), Lindsay Robbins (West Simsbury, Conn./Simsbury) (45.24), Rachel DiMattia (Glenolden, Pa./Interboro) (46.54), Kelsey Hermick (Hallstead, Pa./Elk Lake) (45.75), Lynsey Steffy (Downingtown, Pa./Downingtown East) (46.64) and Brooke Linders (Doylestown, Pa./Central Bucks West) (45.39) were all separated by less than two seconds in their respective heats.
In the 800, Maggie Storch (Troy, Pa./Troy Area) and Teresa McHale (Hauppauge, N.Y./Hauppauge) had solid performances with Storch finishing in 2:30.70 and McHale posting a time of 2:37.80. Jennifer Tims (Campbell, N.Y./Campbell-Savona) had a time of 11.12 in the 60 hurdles, SU's best time of the day in the event.
In 4 x 400 meter relay action, the team of Robbins, DiMattia, Hermick and Alleva took fourth in their section with a time of 4:14.41.
Kristin Stam (Wellsboro, Pa./Wellsboro Area) had a long jump of 4.84m and then boasted triple jump distance of 10.79m.
In the weight throw, Jessica Ranck (Lewisburg, Pa./Lewisburg Area) was fifth in her flight with a toss of 12.39m, also personal-best mark that surpassed her previous top throw of 12.06m.
The Crusaders have more than a month off from competition before hosting the Orange and Maroon Classic on Jan. 22.
Track Season Gets Underway at Bison Open