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May 7, 2008
Contact: K.E. Schwab
Rock sweeps up PSAC track and field championships
SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Rock teams recorded a sweep of the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference outdoor track and field team championships last weekend at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
The women's team won its third straight outdoor title by outscoring second-place Lock Haven by a margin of almost 100 points, while the men's team claimed its first PSAC outdoor title since 2000 by a margin of 16.5 points over second-place Lock Haven.
With this year's outdoor team title, SRU has now won or shared each of the last five track and field crowns awarded by the PSAC. In addition to its three straight outdoor titles, The Rock won a first-ever indoor team championship in 2007 and shared the top honor last winter.
The men's title was the second straight won by SRU in that it came on the heels of a first-ever PSAC indoor crown received last winter.
John Papa-coached Rock track and field teams have now claimed 12 PSAC women's team titles and five men's crowns.
Six, first-place finishes paced The Rock women's championship effort this weekend.
All-America performer Jennifer Hansen of Charleston, W. Va., won the pole vault competition and placed third in the long jump to earn the meet's Outstanding Field Athlete honor. She reset the school pole vault record for the third time in just over a week and, in the process, solidified her automatic berth in the NCAA Division II national championship competition (May 22-24 in Los Angeles).
Lacey Cochran from Freeport and Tiffany Tedesco from Pittsburgh each ran a leg of two winning relays to play co-starring roles in The Rock's championship effort, while Jen Harpp from Highland Heights, Ohio, won the 5,000-meter run, Whitney Hendershot from Salamanca, N.Y., won the high jump and Raissa Weiss from North Huntingdon won the 3,000m steeplechase.
Tina Beggs from Stoneboro and Emily Bush from Palmyra, N.Y., rounded out the 400m relay team, while Amanda Seigworth from Cranesville and Allison Smith from of Aliquippa completed the 1600m unit.
The Rock men's championship effort this weekend was paced by All-America sprinter Brad Mueller's first-place, school-record time of 10.47 in the 100-meter dash. That time also improved upon the NCAA Division II national championship provisional qualifying time recorded by the post-baccalaureate student from Mars, Pa.
Mueller was the only Rock male student-athlete to claim a first-place finish. SRU collected seven second-place finishes, three third-place honors and three fourth-place finishes.
Complete recaps of The Rock's championship efforts can be found at: www.rockathletics.com.
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