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Cheeks Qualifies for the NCAA National Championships at Bucknell Bison

LEWISBURG, Pa. — Sophomore David Cheeks (Baltimore, Md./Milford Mill) qualified for the NCAA National Championships, to be held at St. Olaf University in Northfield, Minn., as the Frostburg State men’s and women’s track and field teams competed at the Bucknell Bison Open this past Saturday.

Cheeks qualified for the NCAA National Championships after capturing fourth in the 55-meter dash with a time of 6.47. In the 400-meter dash, Cheeks recorded 20th with a time of 52.77 while freshman Tade Turton (Pittsville, Md./Riverside) was 28th in 54.66.

In the 200-meter dash, Turton was 10th with a personal-record time of 23.45 and classmate Michael Sieman (Frostburg, Md./Bishop Walsh) was 26th in a personal-record time of 24.42. Sieman later finished ninth in the 500-meter dash (1:11.24), while freshman Steven Flanagan (Cumberland, Md./Fort Hill) was 13th, setting a personal-best time of 1:15.66.

In the 800-meter run, freshman Brian Leiter (New Windsor, Md./Francis Scott Key) crossed the finish line in sixth place with a personal best, 1:58.31, while in the 1,000-meter run, junior Andy Watson (Gaithersburg, Md./Damascus) was third with a time of 2:35.28. With that time, Watson set a personal record and quailified for Eastern College Athletic Conference meet.

In the 3,000-meter run, sophomore Zach Gaudette (Distance Queenstown, Md./Kent Island) was 12th in 9:22.83.

In the 5,000-meter run, sophomore Curt Ruble (Parkersburg, W.Va./Parkersburg South) took home fifth in 15:49.18, senior Ron Lipscomb (Lonaconing, Md./Northern Garrett) was sixth with a personal-best time of 15:51.69 and junior Andrew Parker (Silver Spring, Md./Springbrook) was 12th with a time of 16:35.62.

The distance medley relay team of Cheeks, Watson, Leiter and senior Brian Bonn (Glen Burnie, Md./Glen Burnie) captured the title in 10:22.18. Their time broke a 25-year old school record set in 1981. The performance earned them a trip to the ECAC meet as well.

“Bonn, Cheeks, Leiter and Watson were impressive to watch,” said Head Coach Felix Moreno. “They were focused and they challenged the competition from the start.”

“The men’s team was impressive overall," said Moreno. "The focus level was certainly a factor for the team and I hope to see the same focus level at the conference indoor cahmpionships."

On the women’s side, the duo of sophomore Adrienne Raiford (Capitol Heights, Md./Gwynn Park) and freshman Sumer Rohrs (Frostburg, Md./Forest (Fla.)) had solid performances in three events. In the 55-meter dash, Raiford finished 10th with a time of 7.39 while Rohrs was 13th in 7.51. In the 200-meter dash, Rohrs was 12th in 26.29 while Raiford was 13th in 26.56. In the 200, they both set personal-record times and qualified for the ECAC meet.

In the 400-meter dash, Raiford recorded a 13th-place finish (1:00.79) and Rohrs took home 16th (1:01.92). Sophomore Jess Clingan (Williamsport, Md./Williamsport) also competed in the 400-meter dash, capturing 25th in 1:03.95. Rohrs later captured eighth in the 55-meter hurdles (8.53).

In the shot put, freshman Carolyn Sunderlin (Mt. Airy, Md./South Carroll) captured 11th while setting a personal best with a throw of 34-05.00 feet.

“I was impressed with Carolyn’s performances,” said Moreno. “She has great potential to eventually develop into a national athlete.”

In the 3,000-meter run, sophomore Katie Lyell (Newark, Del./Newark) finished 17th with a time of 12:10.78. In the 500-meter run, freshman Jennifer Patton (Barton, Md./Westmar) was fifth with a time of 19:44.33.

“Rohrs and Raiford were impressive in the 200 as they both improved their personal-best times and Clingan is starting to give us strong performances.”

Frostburg State returns to action on February 19 at the Mason-Dixon Conference Indoor Championships in Newport News, Va.

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