Edinboro track squad gets pre-PSAC tune-up

Category:  Sports
Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017 at 6:46 PM

Edinboro would host another meet at the Mike S. Zafirovski Sports and Recreation center on Friday night for their last competition before the PSAC Championships this coming weekend. Earning seven PSAC-qualifying times and two NCAA provisional qualifying times, Edinboro would find most of their success on the field.

“We have a really great group of athletes this season and most of our success just happens to be on the field,” pole-vaulter Molly Regan said.

“Our recent success should help attract more field athletes to the program... most athletes tend to want to contribute to a winning team.”

Leading the way once again for the Scots were Regan and thrower Gabby Schultz, two athletes who continue to hold their spot as top flight competitors in the conference. Abbey Lang and Lisa Kossmann would earn PSAC-qualifying times, as well, but the real surprise came on the infield where Edinboro’s throwers put it all together with their performance.

Producing six qualifying times, including Schultz’s NCAA throw, Kathryn Broach, Samantha Seaburn, and Neely Parsons also came through. Seaburn, a true freshman from Shenango High School made her mark in both the weight throw and the shot while Parsons, a sophomore, and Broach, also a freshman, would do the same in their respective events.

What can tend to be a challenging transition, Schultz was able to adjust from one event to another very smoothly.

“The footwork for the two events is completely different. To help, I put in a lot of time with drills. The more times I do it, the easier it gets,” Schultz said.

On the track, Abbey Lang will have a tough road ahead as tough competition lies in the way of Edinboro retaining the 800-meter championship. Two seconds separated Lang from two more PSAC opponents who she will look to top this coming week. Her fourth place finish accompanied a time of 2:22.86.

Carrying on with her season as a true freshman, Lisa Kossmann’s success in Germany has really transferred well to the states. She remains razor close to an NCAA provisional qualifying time in both the 60-meter and 100-meter events. Currently ranked fourth in the PSAC in the 60, Kossmann is eight one hundredths away from her time there and only two tenths from the same standard in the 200.

She will have one more opportunity to meet those times and possibly win her respected events here in Edinboro. The meet will be held in the dome from Saturday to Sunday where competitors from all over the PSAC will gather.

“We have a lot of natural talent in the field events. Having home meets helps though. We get to compete where we practice every day, so we know what to expect,” Schultz continued.

A current Lock Haven track team in possible danger due to financial problems will be in attendance for possibly their last indoor track competition.

Regan elaborated: “It’s a little nerve racking to think that the track team can be around one year and gone the next. Athletics play a huge part in bringing students to the schools and losing a program like that will take a toll on Lock Haven’s enrollment.”

Schultz added: “I’m sure that Lock Haven is upset about the notion to cut their men’s track program. The PSAC will suffer a loss if they follow through. Everyone in the PSAC is definitely rooting for them to keep the program.”

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

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