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Track & Field Teams Finish Fourth at Mason-Dixon Championships

NEWPORTS NEWS, VA - Both the Frostburg State men’s and women’s track and field teams placed fourth out of seven squads at the 2004 Mason-Dixon Conference Outdoor Championships held Saturday at Christopher Newport University.

The Bobcat men scored 46 points to finish behind host CNU (205), Salisbury (117) and Methodist (98). Gallaudet (43) was fifth, followed by Catholic (25) and Mary Washington (20).

Catholic’s Sean Duggan was named the Most Valuable Male Athlete after setting meet records in both the shot put and the hammer throw. Salisbury’s Jim Jones was voted the Men’s Coach of the Year.

The FSU women scored 56 points to edge Catholic (55). CNU won the women’s title with 253 points, outdistancing Salisbury (107) and Mary Washington (71). Methodist was sixth (44), while Gallaudet was seventh (6).

CNU’s Aimee Gibbs won both the 5,000- and 10,000-meter runs to earn Most Valuable Female Athlete honors, while CNU’s Vince Brown was named the Female Coach of the Year.

The Bobcat men, who set ten personal records on the day, were led by junior Brian Bonn (Glen Burnie, Md./Glen Burnie). Bonn won titles in both the 800- (personal-record 1:54.40) and 1,500-meter runs (3:59.53).

Sophomore Sid Bittinger (Midland, Md./Westmar) took home FSU’s third individual crown, claiming the 3,000-meter steeplechase in a personal-best time of 9:45.39.

Freshman Brandon Bowersox (Baltimore, Md./Vernon Township) was the runner-up in the javelin with a personal-best mark of 155-7.

FSU received fourth-place finishes from freshman Tom Ingham (Westminster, Md./Francis Scott Key) in the shot put (personal-record 46-00.75) and junior Patrick Malone (Glen Gardner, N.J./Voorhees) in the javelin (155-4).

Freshman Scott Yanus (Damascus, Md./Damascus) was fifth in the 5,000-meter run (personal-record 16:14.9), while freshman Andrew Parker (Silver Spring, Md./Springbrook) was also fifth in the 10,000-meter run (PR 35:04.99).

Sophomore Nick Poulos (Silver Spring, Md./Springbrook), freshman Stephen Jackson (Fort Washington, Md./Eleanor Roosevelt), junior Paul Joseph (Washington, D.C./Williamsport (Md.)) and sophomore Jonas Horst (Clear Spring, Md./Clear Spring) combined to finish fifth in the 4x100-meter relay (45.83), while Horst, freshman Josh Dawson (Elkton, Md./North East), Jackson and Bonn teamed for a fifth-place finish in the 4x400-meter relay (3:41.25).

Four Bobcats placed sixth in their respective events.

Ingham had a personal-best mark of 124-10.5 in the discus, junior Terrell Hayes (Rockville, Md./Wheaton) added a record 131-7 throw in the hammer, Dawson turned in a time of 4:13.26 in the 1,500-meter run and junior Jonathan Masse (Cumberland, Md./Fort Hill) finished the 10,000-meter run in 35:12.55.

Three runner-up finishes highlighted the women’s team performance.

Sophomore Chelsea Lewis (Indianapolis, Md./Pike) placed second in the 100-meter dash with a time of 12.96, and she was also third in the 200-meter dash in a personal-record 27.21.

Junior Lynnea Finch (Owings Mills, Md./Franklin) was second in the 800-meter dash in 2:26.10 and added a fifth-place showing in the 400-meter dash in 1:02.51.

Freshman Bonnie Axman (Burke, Va./James Robinson) finished second in the 10,000-meter run in 43:09.44 and was also fifth in the 5,000-meter run in 20:20.37.

Senior Beth Sauder (Oakland, Md./Southern Garrett) placed third in the 1,500-meter run in 5:08.74, sophomore Laura Knight (Bel Air, Md./Bel Air) was fourth in the pole vault with a height of 9-0 and sophomore Jennifer Waskiewicz (Taneytown, Md./Francis Scott Key) finished fourth in the hammer throw with a mark of 121-9.5.

The 4x400-meter relay team of Finch, Lewis, Kurtz and Sauder also finished fourth in a time of 4:22.43.

"Overall, it was a great meet for us," said Bobcat head coach Felix Moreno. "We set numerous personal records, and the athletes performed their best."

The Bobcats return to action this Sunday in the Towson 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