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Clingan Qualifies for ECACs in Two More Events at George Mason Open

FAIRFAX, Va. — Freshman Jess Clingan (Williamsport, Md./Williamsport) qualified for the Eastern College Athletic Conference Championships in two events with outstanding performances at the George Mason University Collegiate Open Invitational last Saturday.

Clingan qualified for the ECAC’s in the 200-meter dash with a 26.94 and the 500-meter dash with a 1:23.33. Both times are personal records. Clingan qualified for the ECAC Championship in the 55-meter hurdles earlier this season as well.

“Her 400-meter split in the 500-meter was fast enough to indicatethat she has a chance to qualify for the NCAA national championship meet in the 400-meters,” said Head Coach Felix Moreno.

Senior Lynnea Finch (Owings Mills, Md./Franklin) and sophomore Sheila Kurtz (Thurmont, Md./Boonsboro) also had strong showings in the 500-meter dash. Finch finished in seventh place with a time of 1:24.47 and Kurtz placed ninth in 1:30.06.

Junior Chelsea Lewis (Hagerstown, Md./Pike) was 15th in the 55-meter dash in 7.63 and also placed 18th in the 200-meter dash in 27.26.

Sophomore Bonnie Axman (Burke, Va./Robinson) finished the mile run in ninth place with a personal-best time of 5:24.63. Freshman Katie Lyell (Newark, Del./Newark) and junior Carolyn Kilkus (Rockville, Md./Richard Montgomery) finished 16th and 18th, respectively with times of 5:52.29 and 6:04.00.

“Bonnie is running and looking extremely confident in all of her events,” stated Moreno.

Freshman Christine Woody (Gambrills, Md./Arundel) set a personal-best in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:39.19. In the long jump, freshman Stephanie Potter (Ellicott City, Md./Seton Keough) recorded a 10th-place finish with a personal-best mark of 3.77 meters.

Junior Jenn Waskiewicz (Taneytown, Md./Union Bridge) was 12th in the weight throw (11.58 meters ) and also placed 13th in the shot put (9.34 meters).

On the men’s side, senior Brian Bonn (Glen Burnie, Md./Glen Burnie) improved his ECAC qualifying mark and also met the provisional mark for the NCAA Championships in the 800-meter dash with a third-place finish in 1:54.72.

Bonn currently owns the 13th-fastest time in the 800-meter run in Division III this season.

Senior Travon Morgan (Baltimore, Md./Mergenthaler) took home fifth place in the 500-meter dash in 1:08.83, while freshman Trevor Albro (Purcellville, Va./Loudoun Valley) recorded a seventh-place finish in 1:09.90.

In the one-mile run, sophomore Andy Watson (Gaithersburg, Md./Damascus) finished seventh (4:26.62), freshman Curt Ruble (Parkersburg, W.Va./Parkersburg South) took home 11th (4:33.43) and freshman Chris Negley (Frostburg, Md./Beall) placed 17th (4:42.96).

In the 5,000-meter run, senior Kevin Ripple (Mechanicsville, Md./Leonardtown) captured 11th place in 17:12.55. Freshman Adam Jones (Homer City, Pa./United) enjoyed a solid performance in the men’s shot put with a personal-best throw of 13.59 meters, while junior Jonas Horst (Clear Spring, Md./Clear Spring) also had a solid field performance finishing 12th in the long jump with a personal-best mark of 5.2 meters.

Freshmen Ryan Chew (Washington, D.C./Blake) and Kevin White (Reisterstown, Md./Mt. St. Joseph), Morgan and Albro took home an eighth-place finish in the 4x400-meter relay with a 3:31.00 mark.

Both squads return to action this Sunday in the Mason-Dixon Conference Championships to be held at Christopher Newport in Newport News, Va.

“Overall, we have a team that is ready to perform at the highest level,” said Moreno. “For the conference meet, we need to show our rivals that we are a team not to be taken lightly because we won’t go down without a fight.”

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