May 4, 2000
EASTON, Pa. - The 2000 Patriot League outdoor track and field championship will be held this weekend, May 5-6 at Lafayette College in Easton, Pa. Teams scheduled to compete are the men's and women's teams from the United States Military Academy, Bucknell University, Colgate University, the College of the Holy Cross, Lafayette College, Lehigh University, and the United States Naval Academy.
Events begin at 1 p.m. on Friday with the men's discus and continue on Saturday at 10:45 a.m. with the men's hammer throw. Events will be held at Fisher Field, except for the hammer throw which will be held at Metzgar Fields in Forks Township.
On the men's side, the Cadets from Army will attempt to continue their domination of Patriot League track as they run towards their ninth consecutive title. Army is coming off a team victory in the indoor championship held in February.
The Bucknell women will attempt to repeat after snapping Army's streak of seven straight titles last season. Earlier this year, the Bison women were crowned the 1999-2000 indoor champions as well.
Making their return to this year's competition are the Athletes of the Meet from last season, Ron Hess of Bucknell and Tara Santoroski of Lehigh. Both are scheduled to compete this weekend. Last year, Hess won the 800m event, placed second in the 1,500m and was a member of Bucknell's silver medal winning 4 x 800m relay team. Santoroski claimed victories in the pole vault and 100m hurdles. She was also on Lehigh's 4 x 100m relay team that placed second.
Lafayette's defending champions at the Patriot League outdoor track and field championship are Rhonda Snyder (Plainville, Conn./Plainville) and Jodi Bruder (Springfield, N.J./Jonathan Dayton). Bruder won the long jump, while Snyder won the hammer throw is a two-time defending champion in the shot put, having set the meet record in 1998 with a heave of 44 feet, five and one-half inches.