Edinboro track and field dominates on the field once again

Category:  Sports
Wednesday, April 5th, 2017 at 7:39 PM

The Edinboro men’s track and field team has found themselves in a peculiar situation this year. And it was one on full display at the Dave Labor Invitational on Saturday at the Bill Lennox Track at Slippery Rock University.

Just this past weekend, four competitors who are underclassman, even freshman at that, qualified for PSACs and created a sort of balance the men’s team hasn’t had in some time.

The field associated events are the ones that have seen the most improvement, including men’s javelin and men’s triple and long jump. Freshman Liam Cragg and Trae Smith both qualified for the conference championship in back to back meets, while freshman Noah Shettel finally qualified himself in the triple jump at Slippery Rock.

A contingency of runners are also bolstering up team spots, from the 400-meter to 10,000-meter races, often interchangeable. Gene Baritot and Corey Wefing have led the way, showcasing both nationally and conference qualifying times in events ranging from 800 meters to 10,000 meters, including the 3,000 steeplechase, a race Baritot placed fourth in his freshman year.

“When I first came here, we didn’t have the type of talent we have now in events like the shot put and javelin. The field events seem stronger this year,” said Baritot.

Baritot continued: “We have a really unique team. You never know who will push the pace on a workout day, steady day, or an easy run.”

Walker Gray, Edinboro’s top thrower at the invitational, finally met his mark for the PSAC championships, a mark that has been rarely met by the men’s team throughout history.

On the women’s side, newcomer Lisa Klosserman has brought a whole new gear to the sprint program, setting individual records and bringing a new element to relays at multiple different distances. Redshirt senior Kasey Jones comes from a different angle; as a long tenured member of the program she has returned for her final competitive season of eligibility and brings a certain element of leadership the team has utilized in years of transition.

Without school record holders Molly Regan and Gabby Schultz, others needed to step up at Slippery Rock in order to fill the gap for the women’s squad. Two freshman came through in two separate events, women’s shot put and discus.

Kathryn Broach would reach a distance of 11.63 meters in shot, while Samantha Seaburn would throw for 35.08 in her attempt in the discus.

The Scots will return to competition this coming weekend when they travel to Indiana (Pa.) for the Western Pennsylvania Challenge on April 8.

Pictured below are several of the nine athletes who have qualified for the PSAC championships, six from the men’s team and three from the women’s. See them in action from May 4-6.

Michael Lantinen can be reached at sports.spectator@gmail.com. 

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