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Men's Track & Field Places Sixth at Mason-Dixon Championships

NEWPORT NEWS, VA - Junior Brian Bonn (Glen Burnie, Md./Glen Burnie) won the 800-meter run in 1:58.59 as the Frostburg State men’s track and field team finished sixth out of seven teams at the Mason-Dixon Conference Indoor Championships Saturday at Christopher Newport University’s Freeman Center.

Christopher Newport easily outscored the field, claiming the men’s title with 181 points. Methodist was second with 85 points, while Salisbury was third with 67 points. Mary Washington finished fourth (41), followed by Catholic (34), FSU (28) and Gallaudet (26).

Bonn’s mark was his best of the season and was less than two seconds shy of the qualifying standard for the ECAC Championships.

While Bonn was FSU’s lone winner on the day, the Bobcats did have 11 top-10 finishes, and 18 personal records were also established.

Junior Ron Lipscomb (Avilton, Md./Northern Garrett) was seventh in the 800-meter run in 2:04.13, freshman Josh Dawson (Elkton, Md./North East) was 12th in 2:08.60 and freshman Andy Watson (Gaithersburg, Md./Damascus) was 14th in 2:09.42.

Sophomore Jonas Horst (Clear Spring, Md./Clear Spring), junior Dan Ruppert (Stafford, Va./Brooke Point) and sophomore J.T. Hoover (Warton, Md./Kent County) each set personal records in the preliminaries of the 55-meter dash. Horst ran a 7.14, Ruppert posted a 7.37 and Hoover added a 7.62.

Horst also placed eighth in the long jump with a leap of 18-3 and was 19th in the 200-meter dash in 25.11.

Junior Anthony Long (Purcellville, Va./Loudoun Valley), junior Connor Heath (Purcellville, Va./Loudoun Valley) and Hoover set personal bests in the 200-meter dash. Long finished 20th in 25.30, Heath placed 22nd in 26.75 and Hoover was 23rd in 27.97.

Freshmen Michael Moxley (Frederick, Md./Linganore), Bryan Powers (Baltimore, Md./Archbishop Curley) and Michael Trimble (Baltimore, Md./Perry Hall) established personal records in the 400-meter dash. Moxley placed ninth in 55.98, Powers finished 11th in 57.03 and Trimble was 13th in 57.56.

Three runners set personal bests in the 1,500-meter run. Watson was eighth in 4:07.17, Dawson was 11th in 4:16.51 and Lipscomb was 12th in 4:17.37. Junior Kevin Ripple (Mechanicsville, Md./Leonardtown) added a 17th-place finish in 4:35.98.

Personal records continued to fall in the 5,000-meter run. Sophomore Ed May (Bryantown, Md./La Plata) finished third in 15:48.31, Yanus finished seventh in 16:27.55, sophomore Sid Bittinger (Midland, Md./Westmar) placed ninth in 16:41.01 and Andrew Parker (Silver Spring, Md./Springbrook) was 14th in 17:07.61.

Powers tied for fourth in the pole vault in a personal-record 10-0 and also placed sixth in the 55-meter hurdles in 8.95 seconds.

Senior Kevyn Allgeier (Bel Air, Md./C. Milton Wright), freshman Stephen Forsha (Rockville, Md./Magruder), Long and junior Jonathan Masse (Cumberland, Md./Fort Hill) teamed to finish fourth in the distance medley in 12:10.51

Freshman Tom Ingham (Westminster, Md./Francis Scott Key), who joined the team two weeks ago, was solid in the shot put, finishing fourth with a personal-best mark of 45-2.5.

Freshman James Pruitt (Stafford, Va./Stafford) was 11th in the shot put (37-11.25) and 15th in the weight throw (24-2.5), and freshman Alex Sehman (Ellicott City, Md./Centennial) was 12th in the shot put (35-5.75) and 13th in the weight throw (31-0.5).

Junior Terrell Hayes (Rockville, Md./Wheaton) finished 12th in the weight throw (31-9.5), freshman Ryan Christensen (Baltimore, Md./Delone Catholic) placed 13th in the shot put (35-3.75) and freshman Joel Richard (Purcellville, Va./Loudoun Valley) was 14th in the weight throw (28-10.5).

"Overall we were very competitive and set personal records across the board," said FSU third-year head coach Felix Moreno. "It was a great meet, and we are coming along well as a team."

The Bobcats return to action this coming weekend in a pair of meets. FSU will compete in the NYU Invitational Friday before heading to the George Mason University Last Chance Meet Sunday.

Frostburg State is looking to qualify three or four men for the ECAC Championships to be held March 5-6 at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine.

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