Men, Women Take Second; Teams Reel in Several Major Awards
HUNTINGDON, Pa. – Two second-place finishes at the Landmark Conference Outdoor Track & Field Championships do not tell the whole story for the Susquehanna men's and women's teams. Not only did the squads both take home the number-two overall spots, several individuals were the recipients of major awards.
The Crusaders finished second behind Moravian in both men's and women's action. The SU men finished the two-day meet with 225 points to Moravian's 272, while the women had 197 to finish behind the Greyhounds' 252 points.
Overall, Susquehanna boasted seven individual champions while sophomore Ken Schetroma (Elysburg, Pa./Southern Columbia Area) was named the Male Field Athlete of the Year, fresh off earning the same honor following the indoor season. Fellow field athlete Seth Landgraf (Millersburg, Pa./Millersburg Area) was named the Co-Male Rookie of the Year while SU also took home Female Coaching Staff of the Year honors, led by head coach Marty Owens.
In early Saturday action, senior Meghan Kelly (Palmyra, Pa./Palmyra Area) ran to a second-place finish in the 100 meter dash finals (13.13) and placed fifth in the 200 dash (28.06). Teammate Brooke Linders (Doylestown, Pa./Central Bucks West) also took home a second-place finish in the 400 meter dash (1:00.92).
SU placed second and fourth in the women's 1500 meter run, as senior Alycia Woodruff (West Chester, Pa./West Chester East) finished just two seconds off the top time (4:50.69) and Carol Giblin (Cazenovia, N.Y./Christian Brothers Academy) took home fourth (4:56.35), setting a personal record by several seconds in the process.
Woodruff also took second in the 5k with a time of 18:21.98, but perhaps her best performance of the day came in the 3000 steeplechase, as she claimed the overall title with her time of 11:14.32, a Landmark record that surpassed her previous career time by more than three seconds.
Lindsay Robbins (West Simsbury, Conn./Simsbury) earned more second-place for her squads with a runner-up finish in the 400 hurdles after finishing in a personal-best 1:08.17.
The Crusaders really shined in the field events. Caitlin Anderson (Islesboro, Maine/Islesboro Central) claimed the hammer throw title with a toss of 44.37 meters. Teammates Samantha Cartwright (Cranford, N.J./Cranford) (37.33 meters), Jessica Ranck (Lewisburg, Pa./Lewisburg Area) (37.16 meters – a career-best) and Jennifer Baer (Greencastle, Pa./Greencastle Antrim) (36.41) earned fifth, sixth and eighth, respectively.
In the shot put, the Crusaders earned an impressive four top-10 finishes, led by Cartwright's third-place and career-best throw of 11.09 meters. Rachel Schaible (Blue Bell, Pa./Wissahickon) was fifth (10.45 meters – marking a career-best), Ranck eighth (9.75 meters – another career mark) and Baer ninth (9.65 meters), with Baer setting a career record.
SU finished fourth, fifth, sixth in the discus. Schaible earned fourth (33.57 meters – a personal record), while Ranck was fifth (33.56) and Cartwright sixth (30.07 meters).
Rachel Mack (Philadelphia, Pa./Saint Basil Academy) was third overall in the high jump with a mark of 1.42 meters and Kristen Berger (Lewisburg, Pa./Lewisburg Area) took fourth in the pole vault (2.59 meters).
Kristen Stam (Wellsboro, Pa./Wellsboro Area) was the second overall performer in the triple jump (10.35 meters) and also finished sixth in the long jump (4.80 meters).
Finally, Claudia Bartoli (Brookfield, Conn.) placed second in the javelin (33.90 meters), Maria Getchey (33.83) took third and Ranck sixth (29.30) to round out the field action.
For the men, Weston Pesillo (Lewisburg, Pa./Lewisburg Area) got SU started with a third-place finish in the 200 meter dash (23.09 – a career mark) and Ross Koehler (Park Ridge, N.J./Park Ridge) took home second in the 400 meter dash (51.05 – also a career best).
In the 800 meter, the Crusaders occupied much of the top-10. Joe Zamadics (West Chester, Pa./West Chester East) was SU's top finisher with a second-place time of 1:56.63, while Brendon Albaugh (Ewing, N.J./The Peddie School) was third (1:56.86-personal best time) and Sal D'Angelo (Glenside, Pa./Springfield Twp.) fifth (1:58.80 – a personal-best).
The team was even more impressive in the 1500 meter run, boasting five top-10 runners. Zamadics took home first (4:03.73), Ian Quinlan (Eagle View, Pa./Methacton/Lehigh) was just behind in third (4:06.02), D'Angelo captured fifth (4:09.63 – a personal-best), Dan Martin seventh (4:11.99) and Albaugh ninth (4:12.17).
Quinlan and David Haklar (Coopersburg, Pa./Southern Lehigh) went three-four in the 5k with respective times of 15:27.58 and 15:31.95.
Haklar went on to capture first overall in the 10k in a Landmark (and personal) record time of 32.45.07 and Rob Steffen (New Castle, Del./Caravel Academy) garnered third-place honors (33:54.78).
Chance King (Newburgh, N.Y./Newburgh Free Academy) picked up more first-place points by winning the 400 hurdles (58.29) and Quinlan and Steffen went second and third, respectively, in the 3000 steeplechase with times of 9:59.80 and 10:05.00. Quinlan's time marked a career-best.
The 4x400 relay squad of Koehler, Albaugh, Zamadics and King took second (3:26.55).
The men's field team put together an equally impressive performance as the women did. Senior Bobby Eppleman (Chester Springs, Pa./Great Valley) opened with a third-place jump in the high jump (1.83 meters) and Andrew Torok (Voorhees, N.J./Eastern Regional) was fifth in the pole vault (3.95 meters).
Susquehanna saw five throwers earn top-10 finishes in the shot put, with Schetroma claiming the title with a toss of 15.02 meters, a career record. Dan Smith was behind him in second (12.65 meters) while Landgraf earned fourth (12.36 meters) and Dylan Gavin (Oreland, Pa./La Salle College HS) eighth (11.77 meters – a personal-best).
Landgraf added to his Rookie of the Year campaign by taking second in the discus (39.46 meters) while Eppleman took fifth in the event (34.52 meters).
Schetroma and Landraf teamed up to take first and second in the hammer as Schetroma won with his throw of 44.40 meters, another career-best, followed by Landgraf's 41.47 meter toss, which easily eclipsed his previous best of 37.79 meters.
Senior Braden Klingler (Selinsgrove, Pa./Selinsgrove Area) was the team's top javelin performer with an NCAA-provisional qualifying mark of 59.60 meters.