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Track & Field Looks to Utilize Youth in 2003-04

FROSTBURG, MD - The Frostburg State University men’s and women’s track and field teams enter the 2003-04 season with high expectations as they begin their indoor season this Saturday at the West Virginia University Holiday Invitational.

Under third-year head coach Felix Moreno, the Bobcats return several top performers, but more importantly, they have added some highly talented recruits that have FSU looking to post yet another successful year.

The Bobcat men, who placed third at the Mason-Dixon Conference indoor championships last season, will look to junior Terrell Hayes (Wheaton/Rockville, Md.) and sophomore Jonas Horst (Clear Spring/Clear Spring, Md.) to provide leadership for nine freshmen.

Hayes will be competing in the weight throws and is expecting to have a strong season. He is very focused and has been working hard to lead the way for a very strong FSU field team.

Horst should pace the Bobcats in the long jump and sprints.

Frostburg State also returns sophomores Matt Morgan (Beall/Frostburg, Md.) and Kevin Brown (Mergenthaler/Baltimore, Md.).

Morgan was one of the most promising freshmen in 2002, but injuries caused him to miss most of the season. He expects to have a strong return and lead the way in the 800-meter run.

Brown will compete in the 55- and 200-meter sprints after seeing limited action last year. He will use the indoor season to prepare for the outdoor campaign.

With a strong returning foundation, the Bobcats have added some talented youth with the arrival of nine freshmen. Expected to make the biggest impact in the throwing events are Ryan Christensen (Delone Catholic/Baltimore, Md.), Joel Richard (Loudoun Valley/Purcellville, Va.), Alex Sehman (Centennial/Ellicott City, Md.), and J.T. Hoover (Kent County/Warton, Md.). Freshman Bryan Powers (Arch Bishop/Baltimore, Md.) will also give a boost in the 110- and 400-meter hurdles.

“As a team we will look to improve upon last year’s finish in the Mason-Dixon Conference,” said Moreno. “We are still developing our program through our recruiting efforts, and it seems to be working quickly as this young team is already establishing a winning attitude by motivating and helping each other every day.”

As with the men, the FSU women will look to their youth this season. While the Bobcats will be led by juniors Lynnea Finch (Franklin/Owings Mills, Md.) and Michelle Lange (Broad Run/Ashburn, Va.), six sophomores and three freshmen should add critical depth.

The women placed second at the Mason-Dixon Conference championships last season and figure to again compete for the conference title.

Finch is the top returning performer and looks to build upon her second-place finish in the 800-meter run at the Mason-Dixon outdoor championship meet. She will again be running the 400- and 800-meter sprints.

Lange looks to compete at a high level again this season in the high jump.

Along with Finch will be some other young but highly talented sprinters and jumpers. Sophomores Tredia Howell (Franklin/Baltimore, Md.), Laura Knight (Bel Air/Bel Air, Md.), and Chelsea Lewis (Pike/Indianapolis, Ind.) will be vital to the team’s success and could all possibly qualify for nationals.

Howell, who competes in the high jump, recorded her personal best (5’2) last season at the West Virginia Holiday Invitational. She has been working hard and is a solid contender for nationals.

Knight, who will compete in the pole vault, missed qualifying for the ECAC championships by only a quarter of an inch. She has improved her skills and looks to qualify this season.

Lewis, who was part of FSU’s national-qualifying 4x100-meter relay team last season, will lead the Bobcats in the 55- and 200-meter sprints.

Sophomore Jenn Waskiewicz (Francis Scott Key/Union Bridge, Md.) is the team’s top thrower and looks to build upon her performances at last year’s Mason-Dixon Conference indoor championships, where she finished second in the weight throw (38-2.75) and fourth in the shot put (32-5).

Amanda Clayton (Linganore/Frederick, Md.), Anna Routzahn (Frederick/Frederick, Md.) and Andrea Dickerson (Springbrook/Silver Spring, Md.) are among the team’s top freshmen. Clayton will run in both the 400- and 800-meter events, Routzahn will compete in the high jump and Dickerson will race in the 55- and 200-meter sprints.

“We are very solid in the sprints and the field and can compete with teams in any event,” said Moreno about his women’s squad. “Because of our youth, we won’t really know where we stand until we get a few meets into the season, but we are very excited and confident about the upcoming year.”

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