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Track and Field Wraps Up Weekend at Mountain Hawk Multi Invite

Jerome Rudolph won the 60m dash with a time of 6.99 seconds

Jan. 21, 2012

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BETHLEHEM, Pa. - The Lafayette men's and women's track and field teams each earned fourth place finishes at the Mountain Hawk Multi and Invitational on Saturday. The host, Lehigh, took first in the men's and women's team scoring out of 15 and 12 competing schools, respectively.

Jerome Rudolph claimed the top spot in the finals of the 60m dash, crossing the line in 6.99. That time came after he clocked in at 7.01 in his individual heat. Additionally, Rudolph took third in the long jump as the senior measured in at 23' 3 1/4".

Sophomore David Robinson also competed in the 60m dash, finishing second in his heat and ninth overall with a time of 7.24. Robinson also secured a third place finish in the 200m dash, clocking in at 22.99.

Classmate Neil Franzese's effort in the 400m dash earned him a eighth place mark as he ran the race in 52.64.

The 500m dash saw sophomore Tim Shaw (1:10.09) and freshman Stephen Janiec (1:10.39) take sixth and eighth place, in that order. 

Nick Orzol finished fourth in the finals of the 60m hurdles as the junior recorded a time of 8.71 after he took first in his individual heat (8.76). Third place in the triple jump also went to Orzol, who measured in at 45' 1 ½''. Freshman Brendan Harney also was a top ten finisher in the triple jump, laying claim to seventh with a distance of 41' 3 ¼''.

In the pole vault, senior Nick Henderson scored eight points for the Maroon and White with his vault of 15'1''. Sophomore Drew Williams (seventh) and senior Michael Thompson (eighth) also secured top ten finishes in the event.

Sophomore Mac Maguire's throw of 45' 1 1/2'' was good enough to take home 10th place in the weight throw.

On the women's side, Brittany Powell highlighted the event with three top five finishes. The freshman took the top position in the triple jump as she measured in at 37' 6 ¾''. Powell combined that effort with a leap of 18' 5 ¼'' in the long jump to place second overall and was timed at 8.03 in the finals of the 60m dash, taking the fifth position.

Joelle Neilson earned first overall in the long jump, as the senior leapt 18' 7 ¼'' to secure ten points for the Leopards'.

Sophomore Elise Buffinton recorded a school record in the pole vault with her vault of 11' 5 ¾'', taking second in the process. In the same event, Claire Murphy and Brooke Kohler tied for ninth with identical 10' 0'' measurements.

In the 500m dash, freshman Kendall Berry staked a spot in the top ten, claiming ninth with a time of 1:26.63.

Lafayette was represented twice among the top seven jumpers in the high jump, led by rookie Rachel Douglas who reached 5' 3'' and took fourth. Senior Krista Woodward was seventh with her mark of 5' 1''. Woodward also was fifth in the long jump (16' 10 ½'').

Rachel Pena's 40' 9 3/4'' distance in the shot put was good enough for second place and Gwen Steckel took eighth with a toss of 35' 5''. The duo also finished second and fourth, respectively in the weight throw with Pena measuring in at 54' 5 ½'' and Steckel at 50' 1 ¾''.

Lafayette returns to action in Bethlehem, Pa. on Jan. 28 when it takes on Lehigh in a dual meet.