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Track and Field Women Third, Men 32nd at ECAC Championships

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. — The Frostburg State track and field team had six members compete in the Eastern College Athletic Conference Division III, located on the campus of Wesleyan University over the weekend.

For the women, senior Anna Routzahn (Fairfax, Va./Frederick), junior Jessica Clingan (Williamsport, Md./Williamsport) and sophomore Sumer Rohrs (Frostburg, Md./Forest), powered the Bobcats to one of the best finishes at the ECAC’s in school history, finsihing third out of 55 teams.

Rohrs had a stellar meet, taking home first and qualifing for the NCAA’s in the 55-meter hurdles (8.19). She won the 200-meter dash in a personal best 25.79 and took second in the 55-meter dash, finishing in a personal best 7.26, which is good enough for a provisional qualifing time for the national championships.

Routzhan finished second in the high jump in 1.67 meters (5 feet, 5.75 inches), losing only to Jennifer Harlow of Wheaton College (Mass), who is currently the leader for the season among all Division III high jumpers.

Clingan competed in four events for FSU and recorded personal best times in the 200 (26.10) and 400-meter (59.26) dash. She finished fourth and ninth respectively in the events.

Clingan also captured eighth in the 55-meter hurdles (8.49) and missed the finals for the 55-meter dash by 0.03 seconds.

On the men’s side, Frostburg State junior David Cheeks (Baltimore, Md./Milford Mill) and sophomores Brian Leiter (New Windsor, Md./Francis Scott Key) and Tade Turton (Pittsville, Md./Riverside) finished 32nd out of 53 teams.

Cheeks competed in two events, taking home season-best times in the 55 (6.49) and 200-meter dash (22.90). In the 55 meter, he finished fourth and was 0.01 seconds off of an NCAA provisional qualifing time and in the 200 meter he finished 10th.

Leiter, finished fourth in the 800 meter (1:55.57), while Turton took home 25th in the 200-meter dash (23.85).

All-ECAC honors were given to participants who earned top-eight finishes in each event.

“Both our women and men represented Frostburg State University in fine fashion,” commented head coach Randy Lowe. “For three women to score 42 points and finish third overall is quite an accomplishment. It takes a special athlete to be able to step up and compete at his or her best in a championship meet. The fact that we had these kinds of performances across the board is a result of the dedication these athletes have to our sport and the commitment to hard work they show on a daily basis. This is at the heart of what it means to be an FSU track and field athlete and I am very proud of each of them.”

Frostburg State returns to action on March 9, when those who qualified for the Division III National Championships, compete in Turre Haute, Ind. at the Rose Hulman Institution.

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