Men and Women Have Impressive Opening Track Meet

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Thursday, March 24th, 2016 at 7:48 AM
Men and Women Have Impressive Opening Track Meet by Mike Lantinen
Corey Wefing had a top 10 finish in the 800 meter run at the 49’er Classic.

The Edinboro track and field team started their 2016 outdoor season this past weekend, making the extended journey to Charlotte, North Carolina for the 49’er Classic. The women’s team finished the indoor season in an impressive manner, placing third overall and garnering four victories.

In another two day competition for Edinboro, day one had two Edinboro record holders taking action: Molly Regan and Gabby Schultz.

Carrying over their success from indoor, Regan led the way, taking first place in the pole vault, vaulting to a height of 3.35 meters, quickly adjusting to the conditions that outdoor offers versus indoor.

“I have to take the weather into account, wind and humidity can change my step, and my grip,” Regan said.

Regan also spoke about how helpful it can be for the team to face new competition.

“Competing against new people is more fun and I tend to be more confident when I am competing against people I don’t know or haven’t faced before,” Regan said.

Schultz had the second best finish of all Edinboro competitors, finishing in third place in the shot put. Although, the more impressive feat from Schultz may be the demanding task of competing in three throwing events in two days. Aside from shot put on day two of the meet, Schultz took part in the hammer throw and discus on day one.

“Training for three events (shot, hammer, disc) is a lot more difficult than training for two (shot, weight). Each event requires a lot of time and focus to excel,” Schultz said.

For her hammer throw, Schultz posted a distance of 38.93 meters, good enough for 21st place and for the discus, she placed 17th. In the latter, she threw for 35.71 meters and led Edinboro performers in all three events. Regardless of the long road trip to Charlotte, North Carolina, Schultz was able to place 21st or better in her events.

“Long road trips don’t bother me. I like to have a clear mind before I throw, so I usually just focus on one thing, like being more aggressive before I throw,” she said.

Other competitors for Edinboro in the throwing events included Neely Parsons, Katelyn Mechalic and Kristen Gordon, all placing within the top 30.

The first day of the meet also highlighted Edinboro’s sprinters: Terionna Ware, Hilari Norris and Erin O’Brien.

In a stacked field of competitors for the 100 meter dash, Ware and Norris placed 50th and 65th. For the 400 meter hurdles, O’Brien’s specialty, she was able to find her stride and placed 33rd, crossing the line with a time of 1:12.41.

Coming off her PSAC Championship in indoor for the 800 meter run, Rebekkah Bond ran in the same event and placed 6th in 2:13.60. Following close behind was Abigail Peters, finishing in 2:20.75. Another top 10 finish came from Elizabeth Mansfield in the 10,000 meter run as she placed 6th overall, crossing the line with a time of 45:03.81.

On the men’s side, and after only competing against a handful of teams during the indoor season, the Scots were heavily anticipating their first outdoor meet. In Charlotte, the men had the majority of their success on the track.

Day one of the event brought the Scots a top 10 finish in the javelin, as well as two top 20 finishes in the 1,500 meter dash.

In the men’s javelin, freshman multi-athlete Matt Przybocki started his track career at Edinboro by placing 9th in the javelin and 49th in the 110 meter hurdles.

Five Edinboro athletes took the track for the 1,500 meter run and they placed four in the top 40.

Corey Wefing led the way for the Scots in 16th, followed by Elliott Martynkiewicz in 19th, Brady Deaner in 34th and Jon Gusew in 41st.

Wefing posted a time of 3:57.97, with Martynkiewicz two seconds behind in 3:59.65. Wefing spoke about how integral it is for him to constantly have his teammates challenging him every step of the way.

“Any time I have to race Elliott, I have to bring my best. He’s really tough to beat at longer distances, but I have opportunities when I race him in the 1,500. Still he is never letting up and that sort of mentality makes us all want to work harder to compete well,” Wefing said.

Also competing on day one was mid-distance runner Joel Lohr and jack-of-all-trades, Anthony Nelson. Lohr competed in the 400 meter dash and ran a time of 51.74 seconds. Nelson cracked the top 50 for both the 100 and 200 meter dash.

On day two of the 49’er Classic, the day was dominated by Edinboro’s performances in the 10,000 meter run. With five runners participating, the Scots were able to put everyone in the top-10. Dominick Patrick led the way, notching his first win of his collegiate career by finishing with a time of 32:33.09.

“I really just ran my own race. With a race like the 10,000, you want to try and stay with the pack and make your move later in the race, but I saw a chance and felt I needed to be running at a faster pace so I took the chance,” Patrick said.

Finishing in the top 10 alongside Patrick were Matt Fuller in 3rd, Steven Sheetz in 4th, Daniel Nowak in 7th and Nick Bosser in 8th.

Other second day performers included two relay teams for the 4x100 and 4x400. They placed 20th and 19th, respectively.

Wefing and Deaner doubled after the 1,500-meter run, running the 800.

Finishing 7th was Wefing in a time of 1:53.79, helping him finish a very productive weekend. Deaner placed 24th at 1:57.82.

Mike Lantinen is a Staff Writer for The Spectator.

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