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Clingan and Leiter Earn Top Honors at Mason-Dixon Conference Championships

SALISBURY, Md. - Junior Jessica Clingan (Williamsport, Md./Williamsport) and sophomore Brian Leiter (New Windsor, Md./Francis Scott Key) were named the Mason-Dixon Conference Championship Most Outstanding Track Athletes this past weekend.

The Bobcat men took third overall at the championship meet while the women were fourth. Individually, the top six athletes in each event earned all-conference honors.

Clingan was the conference champion and qualified for the Eastern College Athletic Conference Championships in four events. She won the 100-meter dash (12.88 seconds), the 200-meter dash (26.11 seconds), the 100-hurdles (14.80 seconds) and the 400-meter hurdles (1:04.57). Her 100-meter hurdle time was 0.10 improvement on her NCAA Championship provisional standard while her 400-meter hurdle time just missed the NCAA provisional standard of 1:04.14.

Clingan also managed all-conference honors with a third-place showing in the javelin in a personal best 28.85 meters (94 ft, 8 inches).

Freshman Gwen Massey (Thorofare, N.J./West Deptford) was second in the 800-meter run (2:29.40) and third in the 1,500-meter run (5:05.55). Both were season best times.

In the distance events, sophomore Jennifer Patton (Barton, Md./Westmar) was third in the 10,000-meter run in a personal best time of 42:00.60. Freshman Christina Aumand (Chesapeake Beach, Md./Huntingtown) was fourth in the same event in 42:16.30, setting a personal best by 2:41. Aumand was also ninth in the 5,000-meter run after setting a personal record by 19 seconds.

Freshman Jessica Dabulskis had a solid meet taking third in the long jump in a personal best of 4.87 meters (15 feet, 11.75 inches). She was also ninth in the 100-meter dash (13.79 seconds) and 10th in the 200-meter dash (28.77 seconds).

Freshman Kendal Moss (Hagerstown, Md./Williamsport) was the only other FSU women's athlete to capture a second-place finish. She was runner-up in the pole vault (2.59 meters - 8 ft, 6 inches) and ninth in the long jump (4.08 meters - 13 ft, 4.75 inches). Both were personal bests.

Freshman Melissa Ray (Oakland, Md./Southern Garrett) was third in the pole vault in a season best height of 2.44 meters (8 ft).

On the men's side, Leiter led the way with victories in the 800-meter (1:54.32) and 1,500-meter runs (3:58.11). Both times met ECAC Championship standards and his 1,500 time was a personal best.

Senior Andy Watson (Gaithersburg, Md./Damascus) was second in the 5,000-meter run in 16:09.80 and junior Nicholas Schiefelbein (Kensington, Md./Albert Einstein) was runner-up in the 800-meter run in a personal best 1:56.48, just 0.24 seconds off of the ECAC Championship standard.

Senior Andrew Parker (Silver Spring, Md./Springbrook) turned in a pair of third-place finishes in the 5,000-meter run (16:20.29) and the 10,000-meter run (34:23.30).

Freshmen Marc Abe (Frostburg, Md./Beall) and Dustin Eagle (Mechanicsburg, Pa./Trinity) were eighth (36:04.90) and 10th (36:42.90) respectively, in the 10,000-meter run and both were personal best times.

Freshman Cory Smith (Piedmont, W.Va./Keyser) finished sixth in the 1,500-meter run (4:13.59) and ninth in the 800-meter run (2:03.06) and both times personal records.

Junior Chris Mead (Woodbine, Md./Century) was fourth in the 3,000-meter steeplechase in 10:17.62, setting a personal best by shaving 29 seconds off of his previous time.

Sophomore Steven Flanagan (Cumberland, Md./Fort Hill) was fourth in the 400-meter hurdles set a personal best and qualified for the ECAC Championships with a time of 57.42.

Junior sprinter David Cheeks (Baltimore, Md./Milford Mill) captured third in the 100-meter dash (11.23 seconds) and 11th in the 200-meter dash (23.15 seconds) while sophomore Tade Turton (Pittsville, Md./Riverside) was seventh in the 100-meter dash (11.65 seconds) and eighth in the 200-meter dash (23.03 seconds).

Freshman Tarik Muhammed (Pittsville, Md./Riverside) was 11th in the 400-meter dash in 52.57.

In the field events, freshman Michael O'Brien (Baltimore, Md./Arundel) led the way with a third-place finish in the high jump in a season best 1.88 meters (6 ft, 2 inches). He also set a personal best mark with a seventh place finish in the triple jump in 12.69 meters (41 ft, 7.5 inches). Freshman Jamal Gray finished eighth in the long jump with a distance of 5.89 meters (19 ft, 3.75 inches).

Sophomore Michael Siemann (Frostburg, Md./Bishop Walsh) was seventh in the long jump (6.04 meters - 19 ft, 9.75 meters), eighth in the hammer throw (25.85 meters - 84 ft, 10 inches) and 10th in the javelin (41.48 meters - 136 ft, 1 inch).

Junior James Pruitt (Falmouth, Va./Stafford) was fifth in the shot put in 12.88 meters (42 ft, 3 inches) while freshman Aaron Scanlon (Baltimore, Md./Dundalk) was sixth in the hammer throw (29.53 meters - 96 ft, 11 inches) and 12th in the javelin (39.55 meters - 129 ft, 9 inches).

Frostburg State had two solid marks in the relay events. The 4x100-meter relay squad of Siemann, Gray and freshmen Dan Bloch (Baltimore, Md./Dundalk) and Garrett Daley was fourth in 45.21 seconds. The 4x400-meter relay of Leiter, Muhammed, Turton and Cheeks were third in 3:25.76 and qualified for the ECAC Championships.

"I'm very proud of the way our teams competed. We scored practically the maximum number of points possible given the size of our squad," said Head Coach Randy Lowe. "Both the number of quality of personal bests set by Frostburg State athletes at this meet was absolutely astounding. This is a credit to each person's commitment to and belief in their hard work over the course of the season. Of course, this also includes the outstanding work of our coaching staff in guiding these student athletes."

The Bobcats are back in action next weekend at the Allegheny College Last Chance Meet.

For further information on this release, contact:

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

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