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Track and Field Opens 2011-12 Indoor Season at Princeton

Senior sprinter Jerome Rudolph

Dec. 9, 2011

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EASTON, Pa. - The Lafayette track and field team opens its 2011-12 indoor season on Saturday when the team travels to Princeton University for the Princeton Invitational. The meet is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m.

Schedule highlights for the indoor season include four meets at The Armory in New York, N.Y., a dual meet against archrival Lehigh on Jan. 28 and the Lafayette/Rider Invitational on Feb. 10. The season concludes at the Patriot League Championships in Lewisburg, Pa. on Feb. 17.

The men's team will be led by three captains, seniors Michael Thompson and Michael DiPietro, along with junior Dayne Mosconi. The men were chosen to finish sixth in the Patriot League preseason poll after placing sixth in last season's Indoor Patriot League Championships.

Senior Nick DeRosa leads the sprinters after claiming the Outdoor Patriot League title in the 200m dash this past May. DeRosa, who was an IC4A Qualifier, will also be a part of the men's relay team with Nick Hepp, Ryan McVeigh and Bill Leonard. Additionally, Jerome Rudolph, who has had the entire fall season to train, will try to improve upon his third place finish in the 60m dash at last year's Indoor Championships. The experienced group will be the strength of the men's side this season.

Lafayette returns a strong group of distance runners including upperclassmen Josh Sadlock and William Volkmann. Freshman Zach Lizmi will also make key contributions for the group, who all occupied significant roles on the 2011 cross country squad.

Dayne Mosconi, an IC4A Qualifier in the 1,000m, and Chris Pregler, who finished fourth at the Patriot League Championships in the 800m in 2010, will compete in the middle distance races this season. Freshman Andrew Haff will push the group as he was one of the top mile runners in Connecticut among high school seniors. The bunch will have a strong presence in Patriot League competition in both open events, as well as the 4x800m and distance medley relays.

Junior Nick Orzol will be Lafayette's top hurdler in the Indoor season and seniors Nick Henderson and Thompson will lead the way for Lafayette in the pole vault. Henderson finished second at the Indoor Patriot League Championships with a final jump of 15'9'' while Thompson finished fourth and was recently named Maroon Club Scholar Athlete of the Year. The two returning vaulters will be another strength of the team.  

In the field events, sophomore Mac Maguire and freshman Juannell Riley will participate in the throws. Maguire's shot put in the Outdoor Championships was measured at 44' 6 ¾''.

On the women's side, seniors Adedayo Adu, Sarah Welsh-Huggins and Stephanie Hazlett will serve as captians for the 2011-12 season. The women were predicted to finish fifth in the Patriot League preseason poll.

A pair of freshman, Brittany Powell and Julia Rockey will represent Lafayette in short sprinting events. In the 4x400m relay, Adu, Megan Matusky, Chelsea Marone and Kelly Senters will look to improve upon last season's fifth place finish at the PL Outdoor Championships.

Senior Lauren Kelly will lead Lafayette's distance runners after placing fifth in the 10,000m run at the Outdoor Championships. Joining Kelly are two cross country teammates, Rose Willey and Erika Stasakova. Willey was named to the Academic All-Patriot League team following the cross country season.

Welsh-Huggins paves the way for the middle distance runners, coming off a third place finish in October's Leopard Invitational cross country race and fourth at the Patriot League Championships en route to First Team recognition. Juniors Kelly Senters and and Elizabethann Coradino, who had a great fall of training, welcome a pair of newcomers to the fold in Grace Watters and Haley Langton.

Outdoor pole vault runner-up Elise Buffinton, junior Brooke Kohler, sophomore Rebecca Slotkin and first-year participant Claire Murphy will all compete in the vault this year. The trio of Buffinton, Kohler and Slotkin each scored in the Patriot League last season.

Joelle Neilson
and Hazlett will participate in the hurdles, high jump and triple jump. Last season in the long jump, Neilson took second place with a jump of 17' 11 3/4 while Hazlett placed fifth in the pentathalon at the Indoor Championships. Also participating in the jumps are Rockey and classmate Brittany Powell, along with senior Krista Woodward

In the women's field events, Rachel Pena returns for her sophomore campaign after she placed fifth as a freshman in the weight throw. Junior Gwen Steckel joins Pena as one of the team's primary throwers. The group will be counted on to lead the team as a number of top-tier Patriot League scorers return this season.