Track and Field to Vie for Titles at Mason-Dixon Conference Championships Saturday
FROSTBURG, MD —
The Frostburg State men's and women's track and field teams will be vying for team titles when they compete in the Mason-Dixon Conference Indoor Championships Saturday at Christopher Newport University in Newport News, Va.
The Bobcat men, who last won the meet in 1997, look to battle host and defending champion Christopher Newport for the conference crown under first-year head coach Felix Moreno.
Junior All-American Dante Myles will try to repeat as the 55-meter dash champion. He ran a 6.5 last year, and he has topped out at 6.35 this year to earn automatic qualification at the NCAA Division III Indoor National Championships.
Junior Kiki Ellis will push Myles and gives FSU a great 1-2 punch. Ellis, who joined the Bobcats just two weeks ago, ran a 6.43 at last week's Lynchburg Classic to earn provisional qualification for the NCAA Championships.
The Bobcats will have another strong tandem in the 200-meter run with junior Karold Gray and Myles among the favorites, while Gray and freshman Greg Lambert look to challenge in the 400-meter run.
Moreno expects FSU's 4x400-meter relay team of Gray, Myles, Lambert and junior Tyque McCarthy to also contend for a title.
In the field events, Moreno is looking for top-five finishes from sophomores Travis Bouldin, Randy Belt and Michael McGreevy.
Bouldin and McGreevy will compete in the long-, triple- and high jumps, while Belt will battle in the pole vault, triple jump and 55-meter high hurdles. Junior Ernie Reviere and sophomore Ryan Graves should challenge for top-four finishes in both the shot put and weight throw.
On the women's side, juniors Maria Ferguson and Serena Wheeler will be going head to head in the 55-, 200- and 400-meter dashes. Both runners have already met the provisional standard in the 55-meter dash for the NCAA Championships and will give FSU another strong tandem in all three events.
Freshman Lynnea Finch could be a critical factor in the 400-meter run, with potential for a top-three finish, while Moreno is looking for a top-five showing from sophomore Beth Sauder in both the 800- and 1,600-meter runs.
The Bobcats will also challenge favorites Christopher Newport and Mary Washington in the 4x400-meter relay with the team of Ferguson, Wheeler, Finch and freshman Mysel Abrokwa.
Among the field competitors, sophomore Trista Smith will compete for titles in the shot put and weight throw, and freshman Michelle Lange will battle for a top-four finish in the high jump.
"We're looking for our depth on both teams to score points," said Moreno. "We have several key runners with the potential to take home individual titles, and we also have a strong supporting cast that can help us win the team championships. Staying positive and encouraging each other will be important to our success this weekend."
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Frostburg State University
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Frostburg, MD 21532-2303