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Women Third, Men Fourth at Mason-Dixon Championships
05/09/2005

SALISBURY, Md. — The Frostburg State women finished third and the men placed fourth at the 2005 Mason-Dixon Conference Outdoor Track & Field Championships held Saturday at Salisbury University.

The Bobcat women scored 131 points and finished behind champion Christopher Newport (190) and Salisbury (155). Catholic was fourth with 31 points. The FSU men tallied 79.5 points to place behind Christopher Newport (209.5), Salisbury (177) and Methodist (128).

Sophomores Adrienne Raiford (Capitol Heights, Md./Gwynn Park) and Bonnie Axman (Burke, Va./Robinson) paced the Bobcat women with outstanding performances, while Bobcat head coach Felix Moreno was named the Mason-Dixon Women’s Coach of the Year.

Raiford was voted the MVP of the meet after accumulating 23 points. She won the 400-meter dash in 1:00.22, placed third in the 200-meter dash in 26.00 and finished fourth in the 100-meter dash in 13.20.

Raiford also teamed with freshman Jess Clingan (Williamsport, Md./Williamsport), junior Chelsea Lewis (Hagerstown, Md./Pike) and sophomore Melissa Durst (Midland, Md./Southern Garrett) to win the 4x100-meter relay in a season-best 49.86 and take second in the 4x400-meter relay in 4:10.94.

Axman captured the 5,000-meter title in 18:05.99 and added a third-place showing in the 1,500-meter run in 4:55.81.

Lewis finished second in both the 100-meter (12.63) and 200-meter (25.90) dashes and finished the day with 20.5 points, while Clingan was outstanding in six events, finishing as the runner-up in both the 100-meter (15.43) and 400-meter (1:07.20) hurdles (1:07.20), third in the 100-meter dash (12.90) and sixth in the 200-meter dash (27.73) to account for 27.5 points.

Junior Carolyn Kilkus (Rockville, Md./Richard Montgomery) was third in the 10,000-meter run (43:27.20) and fifth in the 1,500-meter run (20:56.33), sophomore Melissa Durst (Midland, Md./Southern Garrett) was fourth in the 400-meter dash (1:04.67) and freshman Stephanie Potter (Ellicott City, Md./Seton Keough) finished fourth in the long jump (13-6.75) and fifth in the 400-meter dash (1:11.28).

Sophomore Amanda Clayton (Union Brdige, Md./Linganore) placed fourth in the 800-meter run (2:33.80) and fifth in the 1,500-meter run (5:11.81), while freshman Amanda Barnhart (Ligonier, Pa./Ligonier Valley) finished sixth in the 800-meter run (2:42.49) and seventh in the 1,500-meter run (5:23.40).

Junior Jenn Waskiewicz (Taneytown, Md./Union Bridge) was strong in the field events. She finished third in the javelin (79-7.5) and was fifth in the shot put (31-10.25), discus (96-5) and hammer throw (126-4.5).

On the men’s side, senior Brian Bonn (Glen Burnie, Md./Glen Burnie) led FSU by accounting for 22 points. He captured both the 800-meter and 1,500-meter crowns in 1:53.16 and 4:05.01, respectively, and he also teamed with freshman Kevin Williams-White (Reisterstown, Md./Mt. St. Joseph), freshman Ryan Abe (Frostburg, Md./Beall) and sophomore Dave Cheeks (Baltimore, Md./Milford Mill) for a second-place finish in the 4x400-meter relay in 3:27.29.

Bonn’s time in the 800-meter run met the provisional standard for the NCAA Division III Championships to be held May 26-28 at Illinois Wesleyan University in Wavely, Iowa.

Junior Sid Bittinger (Midland, Md./Westmar) and freshman Curt Ruble (Parkersburg, W.Va./Parkersburg South) turned in runner-up showings. Bittinger qualified for the ECAC Championships with his second-place finish in the 3,000-meter steeplechase (9:47.58) and also took 10th in the 1,500-meter run (16:55.00), while Ruble placed second in the 5,000-meter run (15:46.13).

Williams-White took third in the 400-meter dash (51.13) and also tied for sixth in the 200-meter dash (23.03), while Cheeks was fourth in the 100-meter dash (11.41) and eighth in the 200-meter dash (23.24).

Williams-White and Cheeks later teamed with freshman Arien Heggs (Arlington, Va./Wakefield) and junior Michael Moxley (Snow Hill, Md./Linganore) to take third in the 4x100-meter relay in 44.90.

Abe finished fifth in the 1,500-meter run (4:21.14) and seventh in the 800-meter run (2:02.35), freshman Zach Gaudette (Queenstown, Md./Kent Island) was fifth in the 10,000-meter run (34:11.60) and seventh in the 1,500-meter run (16:26.71) and senior Ron Lipscomb (Lonaconing, Md./Northern Garrett) was sixth in the 1,500-meter run (16:12.58).

Junior Ed May (Bryantown, Md./LaPlata) finished eighth in the 1,500-meter run (16:34.69), while sophomore Andrew Parker (Silver Spring, Md./Springbrook) took third in the 10,000-meter run (33:44.80) and was 14th in the 1,500-meter run (17:23.46).

Freshman Dan Simmons (Westminster, Md./Westminster) 15th in the 1,500-meter run (17:28.01).

Also in the 10,000-meter run, senior Kevin Ripple (Mechanicsville, Md./Leonardtown) was seventh (34:30.90) and senior Jonathan Masse (Cumberland, Md./Fort Hill) was eighth (35:23.90).

Sophomore James Pruitt (Stafford, Va./Stafford) was fourth in the discus throw (122-3) and fifth in the shot put (42-3.25), while Moxley placed fifth in the javelin (74-5.5) and 10th in the 400-meter dash (57.81).

"Both teams competed extremely well," said Moreno. "We only had 10 women competing and they knew what they had to do. They have worked very hard this year."

For further information on this release, contact:

Office of Sports Information
Frostburg State University
101 Braddock Road
Frostburg, MD  21532-2303

Telephone: 301-687-4371
Fax: 301-687-4780
E-mail: sportsinfo@frostburg.edu