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Bobcat Track and Field Begins New Era Under Moreno

FROSTBURG, MD -High hopes and expectations surround the Frostburg State men’s and women’s track and field teams as they kick off their 2001-02 seasons on Saturday at the West Virginia University Holiday Invitational.

Two All-Americans return and several other athletes are looking to challenge for berths at the national championships in Felix Moreno’s first season as head coach. Moreno, who joined the Bobcats after serving two years as an assistant men's and women's cross country and track and field coach at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, understands the adjustment period needed with a new coach, but at the same time he is excited about the upcoming season.

"The athletes have been dealing with a new approach, a new structure and a new philosophy, and they’ve been progressing nicely," said Moreno. "We’ve got some excellent athletes on both squads, and I’m looking forward to seeing all of our athletes develop throughout the coming year."

Leading the way for the men’s team is junior All-American Dante Myles (Hyattsville, Md./Archbishop Carroll), who captured the 200-meter national championship and placed second in the 100-meter dash at last year’s NCAA Outdoor Championships. Myles helped lead the Bobcat men to an impressive third-place finish and was named the Men’s Track Athlete of the Meet for his efforts.

Myles, who ran a personal-record 10.43 in the 100-meters last season (just .02 seconds shy of the school record), also earned All-America honors with a fifth-place finish in the 55-meters at last season’s indoor national championships. He also won a combined three Mason-Dixon Conference titles.

"Dante is a very talented athlete who should do well again this year," said Moreno. "His training has been carefully designed to help him perform well in events ranging from the 55 up to the 400-meters. It will take a little time for him to adjust to the new training, but I believe he’ll do an excellent job."

Senior K.O. Gray (Bowie, Md./Southern) is another contender for All-America honors in both the 200- and 400-meter. Last season, Gray qualified for the outdoor national championships in the 200-meter and just missed advancing to the finals at the national meet. He also won the 400-meter title at the Mason-Dixon Outdoor Championships in a personal-record time of 48.48.

"K.O. is a tough competitor which is evident by his strong training ethic, and he is extremely focused on having an outstanding year," said Moreno. "I envision both Dante and K.O. doing very well at this year’s national championships."

Sophomore Dwayne Dabney (Baltimore, Md./Southwestern), junior Ty McCarthy (Bowie, Md./Central) and freshman Greg Lambert (Columbia, Md./Hammond) will add quality depth in the sprints.

Dabney will compete in both the 200- and 400-meter and will also be a member of the 4x400 relay team, while McCarthy returns to the squad after missing last season due to injuries. Lambert, who transferred from Meridian (Miss.) Community College, is an exceptional quarter-miler who will also run the 4x400.

"These three athletes will add dimension to our overall development and the relays," said Moreno.

Senior Morgan Beall (Westminster, Md./Francis Scott Key), junior Ernie Riviere (Hollywood, Md./Leonardtown) and sophomore Patrick Malone (Glen Gardner, N.J./Voorhees) will be among the leaders in the field events.

A versatile athlete, Riviere had a season-high 118-8.5 hammer throw and several strong showings in the shot and discus. Beall placed fourth in the hammer (131-1) and sixth in the discus (124-6) at the Mason-Dixon Conference Outdoor Championships, while Malone placed third in the javelin at the Mason-Dixon Outdoor Championships and set a personal record with a throw of 184 feet at the Towson Open.

"All three of these guys have great chemistry and have been working very hard," said Moreno. "They are motivating the rest of the crew to step it up a little bit. This year’s focus is to take as many throwers to the national championships."

Moreno will also look to several other newcomers to bolster the FSU throwing events, including junior Brandon “B.J.” Hill (Bethesda, Md./Bishop McNamara), sophomore Mide Savage (Hanover, Md./Meade) and freshmen Tim Baldwin (Waldorf, Md./Hargrave Military Academy), Stephen Capozzoli (Ellicott City, Md./Mt. Hebron) and Trey Hayes (Rockville, Md./Wheaton).

Sophomore Matt Holtzman (Reading, Pa./Exeter) is the team’s top pole vaulter, having cleared 14-9 least season. He placed fourth at the Mason-Dixon Conference Outdoor Championships with a mark of 13-0, and his goal is to clear 16-0 this season.

Talented freshman Will Millman (Gaithersburg, Md./Quince Orchard) will give the Bobcats a solid 1-2 punch in the pole vault.

Sophomore Randy Belt (Upper Marlboro, Md./Patuxent), a wide receiver and kick returner for the FSU football team, will compete in numerous events including sprints, hurdles, decathlon and pole vault. He turned in runner-up finishes in both the pole vault and the 100-meter hurdles at the Mason-Dixon Outdoor Championships while adding a fourth-place showing in the 400 intermediate hurdles.

Junior Ryan Campbell (Port Republic, Md./Patuxent), who placed fifth in the 400-meter hurdles and sixth in the 100-meter hurdles at the Mason-Dixon Conference Outdoor Championships, and promising freshman Andrew Bowser (Grantsville, Md./Northern Garrett) will add strength in the high hurdles.

Sophomores Michael McGreevy (Cumberland, Md./Allegany) and Travis Bouldin (Greensboro, Md./North Caroline) will anchor the jumps.

McGreevy looks to build upon a solid rookie campaign in which he placed third in the high jump (5-10) and eighth in the triple jump (40-2.5) at the Mason-Dixon Indoor Championships, and he will also provide quality depth in the sprint events.

Bouldin had strong showings in the triple and high jumps last year and will look to continue improving in his second season.

"We are going to be very competitive this season," said Moreno of his men’s squad. "We have the team to do very well at the national level, and we’re looking to challenge for the top spot."

While not as deep, the Bobcat women’s team possesses several athletes who could vie for the national championships.

Headlining the women’s squad is junior All-American Maria "Ria" Ferguson (Fairmount Heights, Md./Laurel), who placed third in the 100-meters at last year’s NCAA Outdoor National Championships. She also captured the 100-meter title and finished third in the 200-meters at the Mason-Dixon Conference Outdoor Championships.

"I envision Ria having another excellent year," said Moreno. "She’s a versatile athlete who can run anywhere from the 55-meters up to the 400-meters, and I’m looking for her to stretch her talents to a higher level this season."

Junior Serena Wheeler (Baltimore, Md./Mergenthaler), a transfer from Hagerstown Community College, is another strong and versatile athlete capable of running anywhere from the 55-meters up to the 400-meters. Her personal best performance in the 400-meters is 58.20. She ran cross country in the fall and will now utilize that strength to enhance her performances on the track.

Freshman Lynnea Finch (Owings Mills, Md./Franklin) will be a solid addition in the 200- and 400-meter sprints and will help in the development of the 4x400 relay team. Finch was a member of the Bobcat women’s soccer team that won the AMCC championship and advanced to the NCAA Tournament this past fall.

Sophomores Latoria Reid (Landover, Md./Parkdale), Mwangala Changwe (Silver Spring, Md./John F. Kennedy) and freshmen Mysel Abrowko (Takoma Park, Md./Blair), Sarah Greenwood (Baltimore, Md./Perry Hall) and Heather Werner (Westminster, Md./North County).

Sophomore Trista Smith (Grantsville, Md./Northern Garrett) will lead a solid group of throwers. Smith finished fourth in the hammer and fifth in both the discus and javelin at last year’s Mason-Dixon Conference Outdoor Championships.

"Trista is focused this year, and I’m expecting excellent performances from her," said Moreno.

Senior pole vaulter Cindy Reese (Westminster, Md./Westminster) looks to cap her career with another outstanding season. Last year, she set Mason-Dixon Conference and FSU outdoor records in the pole vault with a mark of 10-1.5 to win the conference title, and Moreno feels she will continue to make excellent strides.

Freshman Michelle Lange (Ashburn, Va./Broad Run) is expected to perform well in the high jump and sprinting events.

Junior Inga Olsen (Thurmont, Md./Catoctin), who earned her third-straight Allegheny Mountain and Mason-Dixon All-Conference honors in cross country in the fall, will again pace the distance runners. She turned in second-place finishes in both the 3,000 (11:21.59) and 10,000 (42:30.9) at last year’s Mason-Dixon Outdoor Championships and was third in the 5,000 (19:16.62) at the Mason-Dixon Indoor meet.

Moreno will look for solid performances out of a handful of newcomers, including 11 freshmen, as the Bobcats continue to build for the future. FSU should receive more firepower in the spring with the expected addition of several transfers.

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