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Trio Leads Track & Field at ECAC Championships

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. - Sophomore Bonnie Axman (Burke, Va./Robinson) finished third in the 5,000-meter run, freshman Adrienne Raiford (Capitol Heights, Md./Gwynn Park) took fourth in the 400-meter dash and junior Sid Bittinger (Midland, Md./Westmar) was seventh in the 3,000-meter steeplechase to lead Frostburg State at the Eastern College Athletic Conference Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships held Thursday and Friday at Springfield College.

The FSU women scored 15 points to place 23rd out of 50 teams, while the men scored two points to tie for 43rd out of 51 squads.

Axman set a personal record with her time of 17:45.04 and provisionally qualified for the NCAA Division III National Championships to be held May 26-28 at Wartburg College in Waverly, Ill.

Raiford finished the 400 in a personal-best 58.37, and she was also seventh in the 200-meter dash in 26.15.

Raiford then teamed with freshman Jess Clingan (Williamsport, Md./Williamsport), junior Chelsea Lewis (Hagerstown, Md./Pike)Melissa Durst (Midland, Md./Southern Garrett) to place seventh in the 4x100-meter relay in 49.71.

Clingan finished 12th in the 400-meter hurdles (1:06.80) and was also 12th in the preliminaries of the 100-meter hurdles (15.79).

Lewis took 11th in the 200-meter dash (26.46) and was 14th in the 100-meter preliminaries (12.78).

Bittinger set a personal record in the steeplechase, finishing in 9:35.47, to pace the Bobcat men.

Senior Brian Bonn (Glen Burnie, Md./Glen Burnie) was 12th in the 1,500-meter run (4:00.77) and 21st in the 800-meter run (1:57.18).

Oneonta won the women’s title with 48 points, edging runner-up New Jersey City, which scored 43 points. NJCU captured the men’s crown with 106 points, easily outdistancing SUNY Cortland, which finished with 53.5 points.

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