April 18, 2004

Crusaders to Compete in 110th Penn Relays

SELINSGROVE, Pa. – The Susquehanna University women's track and field team will have a pair of relays in action at the 110 th Penn Relays at Franklin Field in Philadelphia on Thursday afternoon.

The Crusaders' 4x100-meter relay will run at 12:35 p.m. while the 4x400-meter relay team will compete in the annual MAC Relay at 5:00 p.m.

Competing in the 4x100 relay is the team of junior Ashley Eyster (Mt. Pleasant Mills, PA/Selinsgrove H.S.) , freshman Emily Lepley (Lewistown, PA/Lewistown H.S.) , junior Jen Lockman (Cumberland, ME/Greely H.S.) and junior Jen Minnig (Mount Carmel, PA/Mount Carmel H.S.).

The quartet has run a season-best time of 49.15 seconds this season that is just shy of the NCAA Division III provisional qualifying time of 49.10 seconds.

Susquehanna took fourth in its heat last year in a time of 51.41 seconds with a team that included both Lockman and Minnig, who have both run in the event in each of the last two years while Eyster competed in 2002.

Running in the women's 4x400-meter relay will be Lepley, freshman Jen Lowther (Edinboro, PA/Villa Maria Academy , junior Jess Pettengill (Watsontown, PA/Warrior Run H.S.) and Lockman.

The Crusaders finished 10 th in the event last season with a time of 4:13.28 . Lockman is the lone member of the relay to have participated in the 4x400 at the Penn Relays in the past, running in the 2002 meet.

More than 22,000 competitors will participate in 425 races at this year's Penn Relays, which has been held annually without interruption since 1895 and is the largest and oldest relays meet in the world. Competitors range in age from 8 to 80 and represent 30 states and 60 countries.