11 SRU men make All-Region team; 2 get NCAA nod

NEW ORLEANS - The Slippery Rock University men's track and field team placed 11 men on the All-Region team in the Atlantic Region announced recently by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association and two of them have gained entry to the NCAA Championships.

The 11 individuals honored picked up All-Region status in a total of 13 events. Trevor Miller, a physics major from Johnsonburg, and David Reinhardt, an undeclared major from Bradford, each earned recognition in two events.

In order to earn All-Region honors a student-athlete must have one of the five best performances in their event among all athletes in the region. The Atlantic Region includes all schools in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference, the Mountain East Conference and the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association.

SRU Rock had five athletes ranked in the top three in the region in their respective events and one that led the region.

Caleb Smithco, an undeclared major from Hampton, had the best mark in the region in the triple jump with his leap of 15.13 meters, which ranks ninth among all athletes in Division II.

Jordan Pacheco, an undeclared major from Rockaway, N.J., posted the second best pole vault clearance in the region at 4.96 meters to headline The Rock's four All-Region selections in the event. Andrew Koksal, an undeclared major from Lancaster, Ohio, was third in the region with a clearance of 4.81 meters.

Miller ranked third in the region in the shot put with a toss of 16.56 meters. Reinhardt rounded out the top three rankings as the third best hammer thrower in the region with a toss of 53.42 meters.

Also earning honors were: Noah Bostick, an exercise science major from Pittsburgh, in decathlon with 6,083 points, the fourth best mark in the region; Cody Colagrande, an exploratory major from Delmont, for a 4.71-meter clearance, fifth best in the region, in pole vault; Michael Horrigan, an undeclared major from Bowling Green, Ohio, for a 3.80-meter clearance, fourth in the region, in pole vault; Jaron Martin, an elementary mathematics major from Hookstown, for the fifth fastest 10k regional time of 31:27.33; Tyler Melius, a safety environmental management major from Revloc, with the fifth best regional time of 3:55.97 in the 1,500m run; and Jordan Pacheco, an undeclared major from Rockaway, N.J., for his 4.96 meter clearance in pole vault, second best in the region and 16th best among all Division II athletes.

SRU finished second as a team in the recent PSAC Championship.

Smithco and Pacheco earned trips to the NCAA championships.