FROSTBURG, MD —
Both the Frostburg State men's and women's track and field teams enter the indoor season with high expectations. With solid veterans and talented newcomers, the squads look to develop over the next three months and challenge for titles at the Mason-Dixon Conference Championship in February.
Juniors Chelsea Lewis (Hagerstown, Md./Pike), Jenn Waskiewicz (Taneytown, Md./Union Bridge) and Tredia Howell (Owings Mills, Md./Franklin) lead the women's team. All three are potential ECAC and NCAA qualifiers.
Lewis will compete in the 55-meter dash and 4x400-meter relay. At last year's Mason-Dixon Championship, she finished fifth in the 55-meter dash and was also 10th in the 200-meter dash.
Waskiewicz was the runner-up in the weight throw at the Mason-Dixon meet and also qualified for the ECAC Championships, where she placed 21st.
Howell looks to add points in the high jump.
Senior Lynnea Finch (Owings Mills, Md./Franklin), who helped the Bobcat women's soccer team reach the second round of the NCAA Tournament this past fall, will compete in the 400- and 800-meter runs when she joins the team in January.
Last season, Finch was second in the 800-meter run and sixth in the 400-meter run at the Mason-Dixon meet, and she also finished 10th in the 500-meter event at the ECAC Championships.
Sophomore Anna Routzahn (Keedysville, Md./Frederick) won the Mason-Dixon high jump title and finished ninth in the event at the NCAA Championships (missing All-America honors by just one spot) and will give the team a boost when she returns from an injury suffered during the outdoor season.
Sophomore Bonnie Axman (Burke, Va./Robinson) leads a strong group of distance runners. She finished fourth in the 5,000-meter run at the Mason-Dixon Championship and is coming off another strong cross country season this past fall.
Moreno will also look for strong performances from a host of promising freshmen — Jess Clingan (Williamsport, Md./Williamsport) in the hurdles and sprints, Stephanie Potter (Ellicott City, Md./Seton Keough) in the long and triple jumps, Bekah Rauch (Venetia, Pa./Peters Township) in the pole vault, Joanna Urbanski (Mt. Savage, Md./Beall) in the high jump and Christine Woody (Gambrills, Md./Arundel) in the 400- and 800-meter runs.
"This is another developing year for the women," said Moreno. "The team is better than it has been in recent years, but we still have a lot of work to do."
A solid group of veterans leads the men's team.
Senior Brian Bonn (Glen Burnie, Md./Glen Burnie) won MDC titles in the indoor and outdoor 800-meter runs as well as the outdoor 1,500-meter event last season. He just missed qualifying for the ECAC Indoor Championships in the 800.
Junior Sid Bittinger (Midland, Md./Westmar) seeks to improve his ninth-place finish in the 5,000-meter run, while freshman Curt Ruble (Parkersburg, W.Va./Parkersburg South), who was named the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference Cross Country Runner of the Year in the fall, will provide a boost.
Senior Terrell Hayes (Rockville, Md./Wheaton) is a potential ECAC qualifier in the weight throw, as is promising freshman Adam Jones (Homer City, Pa./United) in the shot put and triple jump.
Junior Teddy Levine (Miami, Fla./Fryeburg) could contend for a spot at the NCAA Championship meet in the 55- and 200-meter dashes, while freshman Kevin White (Reisterstown, Md./Mt. St. Joseph) could do the same in the 400.
Sophomore Ryan Abe (Frostburg, Md./Beall) will give FSU additional depth in the 400- and 800-meter events.
Sophomore Bryan Powers (Baltimore, Md./Archbishop Curley) finished sixth in the 55-meter hurdles at the Mason-Dixon Championships and looks to continue to improve.
Freshman Trevor Gibb (Stevensville, Md./Kent Island) should add points in the high jump.
Sophomore James Pruitt (Stafford, Va./Stafford) and senior Travon Morgan (Baltimore, Md./Mergenthaler) will provide a boost when they join the team in January. Pruitt is a strong shot putter, while Morgan will compete in the 55-meter hurdles and 400-meter run.
"Both teams should do very well at the Mason-Dixon Conference Championships, and we should have several individuals perform well at the ECAC and NCAA Championships," said Moreno. "We are really focusing on challenging for the Mason-Dixon titles."
Frostburg State opens its indoor season Saturday, December 4 at the West Virginia University Holiday Classic.
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Frostburg State University
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Frostburg, MD 21532-2303