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Track & Field Men Second, Women Fifth at Mason-Dixon Invitational

GETTYSBURG, Pa. — The Frostburg State men finished second and the women placed fifth out of 11 teams at the Mason-Dixon Track and Field Invitational held Saturday at Gettysburg College.

The Bobcat men scored 108.5 points to finish behind champion Franklin & Marshall, which tallied 176.5 points. The FSU women earned 88 points and finished behind Messiah (176.5), Gettysburg (164.5), NYU (121) and Franklin & Marshall (91).

On the men’s side, FSU captured three events and had four runner-up showings.

Senior Brian Bonn (Glen Burnie, Md./Glen Burnie) won the 800-meter run in 1:56.14, junior Sid Bittinger (Midland, Md./Westmar) won the 3,000-meter steeplechase in 10:04.24 and freshman Curt Ruble (Parkersburg, W.Va./Parkersburg South) won the 5,000-meter run in 16:15.74.

Ruble was also second in the 1,500-meter run in a personal-best 4:11.55, freshman Arien Heggs (Arlington, Va./Wakefield) was second in the 100-meter dash in a personal-record 11.09 and freshman Zach Gaudette (Queenstown, Md./Kent Island) was second in the 10,000-meter run in a personal-best 34:07.54.

Freshman Adam Jones (Homer City, Pa./United) enjoyed another strong day, finishing second in the triple jump (personal-record 42-2-.25), fifth in the shot put (43-5.25), sixth in the discus (134-1) and ninth in the long jump (18-9.25).

In the 10,000-meter run, sophomore Andrew Parker (Silver Spring, Md./Springbrook) was third (34:57.84), senior Kevin Ripple (Mechanicsville, Md./Leonardtown) was fourth (personal-record 35:11.94) and senior Jonathan Masse (Cumberland, Md./Fort Hill) was sixth (36:37.04).

Junior Ed May (Bryantown, Md./LaPlata) finished fourth in the 5,000-meter run in 16:38.74, while freshman Dan Simmons (Westminster, Md./Westminster) was fifth in the event in a personal-record 16:49.24. Freshman Ryan Abe (Frostburg, Md./Beall) was fifth in the 800-meter run (2:02.04), and senior Ron Lipscomb (Lonaconing, Md./Northern Garrett) was eighth in the 1,500-meter run (4:19.11).

Junior Jonas Horst (Clear Spring, Md./Clear Spring) placed 13th in the 200-meter dash (23.84) and was also 15th in the 400-meter dash (56.94), sophomore Thomas Clerkley (Upper Marlboro, Md./Largo) finished 20th in the 200-meter dash (24.89) and sophomore Dave Cheeks (Baltimore, Md./Milford Mill) tied for seventh in the 400-meter dash (52.78) and was also 23rd in the 200-meter dash (26.96).

The 4x100-meter relay team of Cheeks, Heggs, Clerkley and Horst placed fourth in 45.30, while the 4x400-meter relay team of Cheeks, Bonn, Abe and Clerkley was also fourth in 3:36.56.

On the women’s side, Frostburg State recorded six runner-up finishes.

Sophomore Adriene Raiford (Capitol Heights, Md./Gwynn Park) enjoyed a solid meet finishing second in both the 200-meter dash in 26.54 and the 400-meter dash in a personal-record time of 59.60.

Freshman Jess Clingan (Williamsport, Md./Williamsport) finished second in the 100-meter high hurdles (16.51) while junior Carolyn Kilkus (Rockville, Md./Richard Montgomery) recorded a second-place finish in the 10,000-meter run in 42:07.84, a personal record by 76 seconds.

Junior Chelsea Lewis (Hagerstown, Md./Pike) finished second in the 100-meter dash (12.65) and third in the 200-meter dash (26.94).

Sophomore Bonnie Axman (Burke, Va./Robinson) took home second place in the 1,500-meter run in a personal-record 4:57.84 and classmate Amanda Clayton (Union Brdige, Md./Linganore) captured 10th place in the same event in 5:15.56.

In the 200-meter dash, sophomore Sheila Kurtz (Thurmont, Md./Boonsboro) placed seventh with a time of 27.14 and sophomore Melissa Durst (Midland, Md./Southern Garrett) crossed the line in 13th in 29.14. In the 400-meter run, the duo finished eighth and ninth with times of 1:05.69 and 1:05.86, respectively.

In the 800-meter run, Clayton finished 14th (2:35.78), junior Diane Baker (Westminster, Md./Westminster) finished 28th with a personal-record of 3:03.56 and junior Sarah Morton (Swanton, Md./Westmar) finished 30th in a personal-best 3:09.16.

Freshman Amanda Barnhart (Ligonier, Pa./Ligonier Valley) was the lone Bobcat runner in the 5,000-meter run finishing in 11th place with a personal-best time of 21:34.44.

The 4x100-meter relay team of Clingan, Lewis, Durst and Raiford was third (51.72), while the 4x400-meter relay team of Kurtz, Lewis, freshman Stephanie Potter (Ellicott City, Md./Seton Keough) and Durst was sixth (4:26.20).

Junior Jenn Waskiewicz (Taneytown, Md./Union Bridge) was third in the hammer throw (121-9) and eighth in both the shot put (32-1.5) and discus (105-1).

The Bobcats return to action this Saturday at the West Virginia University Open.

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