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Lafayette Men and Women in Fifth Place following First Day of Patriot League Championships

May 6, 2005


EASTON, Pa. ( - Bucknell established itself as a clear favorite to win the women's title with a strong first day, while Army and Navy will continue their battle for the men's crown on Saturday at the Patriot League Track and Field Championships, being held this weekend at Lafayette's Fisher Field and the Metzgar Fields Athletic Complex.

The Leopards reside in fifth place in both the men's and women's competition. Tyler Jones was second in the discus and fourth in the hammer for Lafayette to earn 12 of the men's 17 points on the first day of competition. Daria Szkwarko finished in a tie for second in the women's pole vault for seven of the Leopards' total of 12 points.

Championships were contested in the long jump, pole vault, hammer and discus for both the men and women, as well as the 4x800m relays and the 10,000m run.

Preliminary action set the field for tomorrow's finals in the 100m hurdles as well as the 100m and 200m dash. The first four events of the women's heptathlon and half of the men's decathlon were also completed.

Ashley Harbin scored for the Leopards with a fourth-place showing in the women's discus. Szkwarko reached a height of 10-11 ¾ in the pole vault, and the women's 4x800m team came in sixth to score one point for Lafayette.

On the men's side, Jones threw 155-11 in the discus and 168-11 in the hammer on a blustery day at the Metzgar Complex. Jonathan Rowe was sixth in the hammer, and Michael DeGregorio finished just out of the scoring. The 4x800m relay team came in fourth to capture four points for the Leopards.

Vanessa Youngs advanced to the finals of the 100m dash with the eighth spot, and was the last competitor kept out of the field with her seventh-place spot in the 200m. James Strada established himself as the no. 2 runner in the men's 100m dash with a time of 11.31 with the final to be held on Saturday afternoon.



Thomas Blenk and Daniel Sheehan both advanced in the men's 110m hurdles, running times of 15.46 and 15.78 respectively.

Team Scores

1. Bucknell - 77.33
2. Navy - 39
3. Army - 24
4. Lehigh - 15
5. Lafayette - 12
6. Holy Cross - 6.67
t7. Colgate - 6
t7. American - 6

1. Army - 64
2. Navy - 44
3. American - 24
4. Bucknell - 22
5. Lafayette - 17
6. Colgate - 10
7. Lehigh - 4
8. Holy Cross - 1