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Indoor track opens season

By Lauren Vaughan
On January 17, 2012

At the Doug Raymond Invite at Kent State University this weekend, the Musketeers broke several school and  personal records and had an overall strong performance.

"It was good to get back on the track after the long layoff. This was a good opportunity to get used to competing again and to see where we need to improve between now and the Atlantic 10 meet in five weeks," head coach Dan  Flaute said. Red shirt sophomore Evan Betts set a new school record for the second consecutive week in the 60-meter hurdles. Last weekend he ran 8.72 seconds but this weekend he beat his own record with a time of 8.56 in the preliminary rounds. He advanced to the finals where he had a 8.62 second finish and placed eighth. Sophomore Adi Taraska also broke a school record she had set last season at the same meet in the weight throw. She threw 11.82 meters and ended 12th in the shot put with a distance of 12.53 meters.

Senior Nick Williams improved in the 60 meter dash time to 7.026 and earned sixth place in the preliminaries. He went on to finish sixth in the finals with a time of 7.05. He also competed in the 200-meter dash where his time of 22.29 earned him a third place finish.Senior Emily Tyler had a close finish, coming in at 8.13 in the preliminaries of the 60-meter dash and finished at 8.06 in the finals, tying the school record she had set, and placing 10th in the event.

Several other Musketeers had strong performances at the meet. Sophomore Craig Krcal cleared 4.40 meters in pole vaulting and placed sixth in the event. Senior Kelsey Erlenbaugh finished third in the 1000 meter run with a time of 2:59.30. Junior Kaitlin Price finished in the same event with a time of 3:05.32, sophomore Jessica Albers finished at 3:10.44 and senior Micayla McGinn ran a 3:19.45. Senior Kurtis Polacek finished 12th in the final round of the 60-meter dash with a time of 7.26 and finished 19th in the 200- meter dash with a time of 23.27. Sophomore Tom Ohlman and senior Caylin Howell both placed fifth in their respective races in the mile, running a 4:19.40 and 5:07.48, respectively. Sophomore Ashley Vincent also finished in the top ten in the women's mile. The Musketeers head to the Gladstein invite in Bloomington, Ind. this weekend as they continue to prepare for the Atlantic 10 tournament later this semester. 

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