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Track and field posts three NCAA-qualifying marks at Bison Classic

04/15/2014
Kyle Kondor
Staff Writer

Two athletes from Indiana University of Pennsylvania track combined for three NCAA-qualifying marks at Bucknell’s Bison Outdoor Classic.

In addition to their trio of Division II qualifiers, the Crimson Hawks had 13 other qualifying performances over the two-day span of the Outdoor Classic.

In more than 40 events at Bucknell’s weekend competition, 14 career-best performances were recorded, with nine women and six men from IUP landing on qualifying lists.

Krista Matsko (senior, exercise science) headlined the women’s team with arguably one of the best outings of her career.

Her time of 1:01.13 in the 400-meter hurdle was a personal best and also ranked first among the athletes at the Classic. It was also one of IUP’s three NCAA-qualifying marks.

Matsko’s second-place time of 14.39 seconds in the 100-meter hurdle was another provisional qualifying mark and career record.

Matsko competed against a number of Division I athletes on the track. Runners from the likes of Cornell, Pittsburgh, Buffalo, Detroit and the competition host, Bucknell, were among those who competed with Matsko in the hurdle events.

Samantha Thompson (senior, biology education) provided IUP with its third NCAA-qualifying time, thanks to her performance in the 3,000-meter steeplechase. Her 10:52.07 mark earned her sixth at the Classic.

With a time of 1:04.63, which was a Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference qualifier, Lizzy Cunningham (sophomore, health and human services) finished 10th among fellow athletes but set a personal record in the process.

Cunningham was far from the only one to earn a PSAC-qualifying mark for the women’s team.

Marina Wareham (sophomore, nutrition) posted a season-best time of 2:15.85 in the 800-meter run, and Katie Koenig (senior, exercise science) placed in the 10,000-meter distance run with a time of 37:51.29.

Jackie Beisel (senior, biochemistry) recorded a 4:46.45 time in the 1,500- meter event, and three different runners got on the board in the 5,000-meter run.

Rachel Magliane (sophomore, nutrition), Kristen Donaldson (senior, fashion merchandising) and Kayla Edwards (redshirt junior, exercise science) each posted PSAC-qualifying times in the 5,000. Magliane led the trio with a time of 17:57.50, while Donaldson and Edwards finished in 18:20.82 and 18:30.21, respectively.

On the men’s side, five career records were set in four different events, with Victor Costello (senior, criminology) and Andrew Morgan (sophomore, criminology) sharing that feat in the 1,500- meter run.

Costello clocked his personal best at 3:53.24, while Morgan posted a time of 4:01.91.

Matt Rutt (senior, exercise science), Raymond Ofman (health and physical education) and Nick Patton (senior, sociology) also set career bests at Bucknell this weekend.

Rutt and Ofman took part in the 5,000, clocking in at 15:15.31 and 15:12.16, respectively. Meanwhile, Patton finished the 10,000 in 31:50.57.

Joe Lynch (junior, athletic training) had one of the men’s six qualifying times thanks to a 1:53.33 performance in the 800 run, although he was .09 seconds short of his own personal record in the event.

The Crimson Hawks also had two athletes compete at Robert Morris’ Bennie Benson Invitational this weekend.

Lisa Burton (junior, sports administration), also a member of IUP’s women’s basketball team, notched a 4.77-meter leap in the long jump, while Allison Zreliak (sophomore, math education) had a 10.42-meter shot put throw.

The PSAC Championships are rapidly approaching, but before the May competitions, the Crimson Hawks are slated to take part in the Penn Relays in Philadelphia from April 24-26, hosted by the University of Pennsylvnania, that will feature runners from across the state.

The Crimson Hawks are also scheduled to visit Shippensburg to compete in the Paul Kaiser Classic on April 26.

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