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Women Third, Men Sixth at Mason-Dixon Conference Indoor Championships
02/19/2007

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. — Sophomore Sumer Rohrs (Frostburg, Md./Forest) earned two victories for the women and senior Andy Watson (Gaithersburg, Md./Damascus) captured the only win on the men’s side as the Frostburg State track and field teams competed at the Mason-Dixon Conference Indoor Championships, Sunday.

The FSU women captured third place while the men finished sixth. The Christopher Newport men won their 10th-consecutive indoor title while CNU women defeated Salisbury 149-93 for first place.

Due to travel problems occurring on Saturday, the men’s team was only able to take four participants while the women competed as a whole unit.

“After we learned that the bus would not be able to make the trip and we had limited transportation options, the members of the men’s team volunteered to stay home so that the women and senior men could compete,” said Head Coach Randy Lowe. “Since the men came to such a quick and strong consensus decision, we as a coaching staff felt it was important to honor the decision our students had made as a team.”

“The sacrifice that the men willingly made speaks volumes about their sense of team and the camaraderie that they have developed. I and the rest of the coaching staff are very proud of them and I believe that the competitive spirit demonstrated by our women and senior men at the championships honored their teammates.”

Rohrs earned the win, automatically qualifying for the NCAA Championship Meet, set the school and indoor conference record in the 55-meter hurdles with a time of 8.16. She has now broken the school record in the 55-meter hurdles three times this season.

Rohrs also earned a victory in the 400-meter dash in 59.21 and she also finished sixth in the 55-meter dash in 9.02.

Junior Jessica Clingan (Williamsport, Md./Williamsport) captured one win and three runner-up finishes to help the Bobcats. She won the 55-meter dash (7.58), and finished second in the 200-meter dash (26.76), 400-meter dash (59.76) and the 55-meter hurdles (8.41). The time in the 400 earned her a spot in the Eastern College Athletic Conference Championship meet.

For their efforts, Rohrs and Clingan were voted as the meet’s Outstanding Female Athletes. It is the first time in conference history that two individuals have shared the honor.

In the field events, senior Anna Routzahn (Fairfax, Va./Frederick) won the high jump and with a NCAA Championships provisional qualifying height of 1.69-meters (5 ft, 6.5 in.) while freshman Melissa Ray (Oakland, Md./Southern Garrett) was third in the pole vault (2.50-meters).

Freshman Gwen Massey (Thorofare, N.J./West Deptford) captured fifth in the 800-meter run (2:32.97) and seventh in the one-mile run (5:40.67).

On the men’s side, Watson won the one-mile run in 4:29.04.

Junior Nicholas Schiefelbein (Kensington, Md./Albert Einstein) finished third in the 800-meter run (1:58.51) and senior Andrew Parker (Silver Spring, Md./Springbrook) was seventh in the 5,000-meter run (16:33.62).

In the men’s field events, junior James Pruitt (Falmouth, Va./Stafford) was fourth in the shot put with a throw of 12.98 meters.

Frostburg State returns to action on February 25 when it travels to the George Mason Last Chance Meet.

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