Baritot leads the way, qualifying in four events for the PSAC championship

Category:  Sports
Wednesday, April 19th, 2017 at 8:50 PM

Edinboro track and field covered some ground this weekend as they competed in three separate invitationals; the Mondschein Multi, the Bison Outdoor Classic and the Walsh Invitational. Each meet showcased a different portion of the team, whether it was the multi- athletes, distance runners, or field- focused competitors.

Four school records fell on the weekend, all on the women’s side, who continue to enhance their side of the Edinboro track and field history.

On April 14, seven Scots made the trip to Lewisburg, Pennsylvania for the Bison Outdoor Classic hosted by Bucknell University. Eight athletes would compete and six would walk away with standout performances. Specifically, two came from the same event, the 3,000-meter steeplechase, where Eugene Baritot and Kasey Jones took over the top spots in the PSAC. Baritot also reached the provisional qualifying time for the NCAA Division II National Championships with his time of 9:05.64.

Other notable performances came from the 5,000 and 10,000-meter runs where Edinboro put forth four athletes. Senior Daniel Nowak had a career day as he qualified for PSACs in the 10,000-meter run with a time of 32:53.17.

The final three men’s competitors were in the seeded and unseeded 5,000-meter races. Jared Hallow and Jon Gusew continued their current quest to break the 15 minute barrier, coming up just short as they finished within one second of each other while in separate races. Gusew’s time of 15:03.09 will be one he looks to improve on as he works towards

his own personal best. Hallow has improved over and over again, still looking to break 15 for the first time.

The next day would host the majority of action for the Scots as they took part in the Walsh Invitational. Walsh’s own Cavaliers finished second while Mount Union won, nearly doubling the Cavalier’s total of 99 points.

Record breaking performances on the women’s side came on the field and on the track. Three of the records that were broken came from athletes who currently hold the record, while the fourth came from true freshman Samantha Seaburn in the hammer throw.

Lisa Kossmann broke her record in the 200-meter dash, placing second overall for the event. Gabby Schultz and Molly Regan also earned podium spots with a win in discus from Schultz and a third place finish from Regan in pole vault.

School Records

Lisa Kossmann 200-Meter Dash — 25.05 Molly Regan
Pole Vault — 3.60 meters Gabby Schultz
Discus — 44.46 meters Samantha Seaburn Hammer — 42.37 meters

Kossmann doubled at Walsh, placing sixth in the 100-meter dash with a time of 12.57 seconds. Fellow sprinter Eve Gardner joined Kossmann in the 200-meter dash with her PSAC qualifying time.

Three members of the throwing team kept their season rolling on a high note as they earned PSAC qualifying distances in five spots, two of which came for the first time on the season. 

Mike Lantinen is the sports editor for The Spectator. He can be reached at sports.spectator@gmail.com

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