RELEASE DATE: 5/08/10
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Gray triple winner and provisional qualifier at LHU Qualifier
LOCK HAVEN – Mike Gray won the discus, hammer throw and hit a provisional qualifying mark in finishing first in the shot put at the Lock Haven Qualifier last Saturday evening.
In additional to Gray’s qualifying mark in the shot put, freshman Bud Plaszenski broke Josh Wooten’s 2004 school record of 9:13.85 in the steeplechase with a time of 9:13.4 to provisional qualify for the upcoming NCAA Division II National Championship.
Gray, competing in his final regular season competition of his outstanding career, hit a season-best heave of 52-08.25 in the shot put to better the next best thrower by four feet in earning a provisional qualifying mark. He also won the discus with a 157-2 effort, just under seven feet better than the next longest throw. Gray also won the hammer throw with a 166-04 effort.
Other strong efforts for the men included sophomore Nathan MacNabb’s second-place effort in the 3000 meters (9:00.46) and Dane Moist third-place showing in the 100 (11.64). Junior Sean Vollenweider was fifth in the 5000.
In the women’s competition, freshman Becky Kratz qualified for the upcoming PSAC Championship with a third place finish of 10:45.69 in the 3000 while Kelly Hollenbeck won the steeplechase (12:33.0).
Senior Erin Schlitzer was third in both the shot put (36-00.75) and discus (106-04) with freshman Alicia Edkin finishing fourth in the hammer throw (118-04). Freshman Alexa Tsiknas was fourth in the 200 meters (27.36).
Mansfield qualified the most participants in school history of next weekend’s PSAC Championship at West Chester.