The Elizabethtown men’s and women’s track and field teams competed at the Susquehanna Invitational at Susquehanna University this past weekend.
It was one of the last opportunities for improvement before the Landmark Conference Championships which take place on Saturday, Feb. 28 at Susquehanna.
On the women’s side, sophomore Amanda Porter recorded three separate personal bests in the weight throw competition, with her third throw breaking an Etown record. Her throw of 12.94m broke former Blue Jay Amanda Morrisette’s record of 12.53m which was set at Susquehanna back in 2006.
Porter joined first-year Brittianni Phillips in the shot put event as both finished in the top half of the field. Phillips is the current record holder in the shot put for the Blue Jays.
Sophomore Casey Quinto was the women’s top individual finisher of the day, finishing in fifth-place of the 3,000-meter run with a time of 10:50.91.
First-year Kelsey Brady took 12th in the mile event with a time of 5:27.89, while fellow Blue Jay, sophomore Samantha Gehly, set a new personal record in the event.
Sophomores Kelsey Detweiler and Stephanie Bellott joined first-years Lia Chak and Kelsey Bentz to take ninth overall in the 4x400m relay.
On the men’s side, senior Andrew Khela moved from third to second on the top ten list in the weight throw after his top throw of the day traveled 13.92m. That throw was nearly three feet farther than his previous personal best.
Junior Zach Trama continued his impressive season by finishing first for the second meet in a row in an individual event. Trama, who currently has the best mile time in the Landmark Conference at 4:17.49, ran a 14:18.12 in his only event of the day. He was over five seconds faster than the second place finisher in the mile at the Susquehanna Invitational.
First-year Mitch Schlegel owns the team’s best times in the 60m and 200m races this season. Schlegel ran the 400m for the first time on Saturday, finishing in 13th overall with a time of 52.78. His time is the best time of the season to date of any Blue Jay to run the 400m.
Schlegel joined sophomores Mike Twist and David Hess and senior Bryan Baldwin in the 4x200m relay as the team placed second in their section of the event.
The same team of Schlegel, Twist, Hess and Baldwin teamed up again in the 4x400m relay and placed tenth with a time of 3:33.63.
First-year Tom Fitzgerald and Twist each set personal bests in the 800m, as Fitzgerald finished in 2:02.19 while Twist finished at 2:03.65.
Sophomore Max Mahan jumped a season best 6.17m in the long jump event, putting him seventh in the Landmark Conference in the event. He also competed in the high jump on Saturday, finishing eight with a height of 1.87m.
The Blue Jays will travel back to Selinsgrove, Pa. to compete in the Susquehanna Open on Friday afternoon. The Open will be the team’s final meet before the Landmark Championships the following weekend.