The coaching staff for men's track and field at Susquehanna University was happy with the outcome from the first meet after the winter break as the River Hawks posted several strong performances in the non-team scoring Orange and Maroon Invitational Saturday in the James W. Garrett Sports Complex in Selinsgrove.
"We (the coaching staff) were happy with the way the team came out today and performed," said head coach Marty Owens. "They have only been back on campus for a few days and they have been working pretty hard with double sessions every day. It was a good start for us and with championships several weeks away, we just need to be patient and we will be better."
Newcomer Chris Petraskie made an immediate impact for Susquehanna as he placed second in the high jump clearing a height of 6 feet four inches. The mid-year transfer had plenty of company with impressive performances.
Armond Owens nearly had a great day but stumbled out of the blocks in the final of the 60-meter dash but recovered to finish second with a 7.03 time. He had the top time in the prelims with a 7.01 time in the first section.
Matthew Gass won his section of the 200-meter dash and placed second overall with a strong time of 22.88.
Ciaran Fisher was solid in the mile run with a 12th place finish and a time of 4:37.44.
In the field events, Petarskie was second in the high jump while Rakee Cromwell took seventh in the long jump and 11th in the triple jump and John DeLuca was fifth in the pole vault. The throwers were also impressive as Joshua Brown finished third in the shot and Ryan Bertsch was sixth in the weight throw.
The River Hawks compete next at Bucknell next weekend and will host two more regular season meets with the SU Challenge (Feb. 3) and the SU Invitational (Feb. 18).