Wefing qualifies for NCAAs while two Edinboro records fall

Category:  Sports
Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017 at 5:53 PM

The Edinboro men’s track and field team traveled to Charlotte, North Carolina this past weekend for the 49’er Classic, an event that’s been a staple in the team’s schedule for some time. Headlining the meet for the Scots was junior Corey Wefing and a pair of athletes from the women’s side; Gabby Schultz and Lisa Kossmann.

For Wefing, he would double in the 1,500 and 800-meter run, hitting a national qualifying time in both events. Kossman found her way into the Edinboro track and field record books with her performance in the 200-meter dash. Schultz, on the other hand, would do the same but in interesting fashion as she surpassed her own record distance in the discus throw by six feet.

In total, 16 PSAC qualifying marks would be met, along with Wefing’s two national qualifying times, and two school records.

Let’s work through day one’s PSAC qualifying efforts at the 49’er Classic.

Mostly consisting of preliminary rounds, day one would have some events finalized, including sophomore Molly Regan’s seeded pole vault competition where she would place 12th overall.

Placing 15th and 17th in the 1,500 were Abbey Peters and Kasey Jones, who returns to competition with one final season of eligibility after an injury sidelined her for an extended period of time.

Day one would also bring both school records for the Scots. Kossmann, who is a native of Germany, would break a 3-year-old record set by Sophie Zielonka, also a native of the same country. She would also find herself with a PSAC qualifying time in the 100. Kossmann continued to impress with her leg in the 4x400-meter dash where she ran an unofficial 57 second lap.

Schultz’s performance in the discus would be good enough for the win as she threw for 145’2.25”.

On the men’s side, day one gave newcomer Trae Smith, of Cameron County High School, a good day on the field where he threw 184’’1” in the javelin. An impressive performance from the freshman was coupled with what the Scots were able to show on the track in middle and long distance.

While Wefing made his mark in the 1,500, three Scots found success in the 5,000 meter run. Leading the way was sophomore Gene Baritot with a personal best in the event as he crossed the line in 14:44.33. Teammate Jared Hallow would do the same with his time of 15:05.92, while junior Jon Gusew came up short of his own best time, missing the 15 minute barrier by one second with a time of 15:01.45.

Day two gave the Lady Scots two more qualifying times at the middle distances when Abbey Peters found herself another qualifying time alongside Pia Briger in the 800. The two were three seconds apart with times of 2:17.19 and 2:20.62.

Schultz came through again in the shot put, throwing 44 feet and placing fourth overall.

Ben Miller placed sixth in the unseeded pole vault event at a height of 3.25 meters. Wefing’s 800-meter run would bring the Scots their second win for the 49’er classic in a time of 1:51.94.

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

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