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2008 Elizabethtown College Men’s Track & Field Preview
The Elizabethtown College men’s track and field team looks to continue its success this year after winning last year’s MAC Triple Crown, which included the 2006 cross country title as well as the 2007 MAC indoor and outdoor track and field championships.
The men’s team is also five-time defending MAC indoor champions. According to head coach Chris Straub, "two of the best track and field athletes in Elizabethtown College history lead the way for us this year. Senior captains Kevin Clark and Drew Graybeal have six All-American titles between them and they will be our heart and soul of the men’s track and field team right now.”
Elizabethtown will have two athletes competing in multi-events this year and one of them will be junior Phil Alder (Pottstown, PA/Pottsgrove). Alder was a second- team all-MAC performer with a score of 5,002 in the decathlon, earning him fifth place overall in the MAC Outdoor Championships.
Clark (Horsham, PA/Hatboro-Horsham) will also be competing in many events as well. However, his specialty is the pole vault, where he was last year’s indoor national champion and 2006 national runner-up in outdoor. Clark is a two-time indoor All-American and was an All-American in outdoor track and field in 2006.
In the sprints, Elizabethtown returns almost the whole squad including three time All-American Graybeal (Woodbine, MD/Glenelg). Graybeal received All-American honors last year in both indoor and outdoor track in the 800 meters and hopes to top his marks this year. In addition, he holds the school records in the outdoor and indoor 400 meters and qualified for outdoor nationals last year.
Also returning for the 400 and 800 m run will be sophomore Kyle Grimm (Pottstown, PA/Pottsgrove), who hopes to improve on his personal best time of 50.36 seconds in the MAC Outdoor Championships last year. The men’s team will also welcome a newcomer in the 400 and 800 meters in sophomore Wyatt Eaton (York, PA/Eastern York).
Also running mid-distance events will be juniors Evan Metz (Doylestown, PA/Central Bucks East), James Munnelly (Doylestown, PA/Central Bucks East), and Dylan Rulander (Russell, PA/Eisenhower). The lone first-year student will be Matt Myers (Pennsburg, PA/Upper Perkiomen).
In the shorter sprints, Elizabethtown returns four sprinters from last season. Leading the way will be sophomore A.J. Farris (Edgewood, MD/Joppatowne), the school record holder in the 60 meters. Farris was also a second team All-MAC performer in the 55 and 200 meters at last year's MAC Indoor Championship. Sophomore Mike Mauger (Pottstown, PA/The Hill School) also returns and hopes to build on his fourth-place finish in the 200 meters last spring at the outdoor championships with a time of 22.50 seconds.
Another important member of the sprint squad will be junior Jason Mastroianni (Macungie, PA/Emmaus). Mastroianni hopes to improve his times from last season that saw him post 24.28 seconds in the Susquehanna Orange and Maroon Classic.
Leading the way for the Blue Jays in distance will be senior Dave Bresnahan (Cinnaminson, NJ/Cinnaminson). Bresnahan earned second team All-MAC last year for his sixth-place finish in the 1500 meters at the MAC Outdoor Championships. Senior Ryan St. Clair (Chambersburg, PA/Chambersburg) hopes to improve on his team-leading times last season in the 5000 meters outdoors and 3000 meters indoors.
Junior Scott Derkacz (Huguenot, NY/Port Jervis) also hopes to improve with his team leading time in the 3000 meters outdoors. Also helping in distance will be sophomore Myles Lund (Berwyn, PA/Conestoga), a second team All-MAC performer in the steeplechase at the 2007 MAC Outdoor Championships.
Joining the mix for the first time will be first-year Chris Heisey (Middletown, PA/Middletown), who showed positive signs this fall during cross country. Also running distance events will be senior George Nicholas (Marietta, PA/Donegal), junior Jeremy Matula (Bath, PA/Northampton), and first year students Rich Greco (Holmdel, NJ/Holmdel) and Adam Derkacz (Huguenot, NY/Huguenot).
Showing his athleticism, Clark will also be Elizabethtown’s best threat in the hurdles. He received second team All-MAC for his sixth-place finish in the 110 hurdles and fourth place in the 400 hurdles at last yea'rs MAC outdoor championships.
Clark also finished fourth in the 55 hurdles last indoor season, earning him second team All-MAC as well. Sophomore Elton Dos Santos (Philadelphia, PA/Penn Charter) will be Elizabethtown’s other hurdler.
In the field events, senior Bryan Marison (Birdsboro, PA/Daniel Boone) will lead the team in discus while sophomore Mike Torre (Medford, NJ/Shawnee) will be the top threat in the javelin. Other members of the field team will be senior Shawan Strauss (Womelsdorf, PA/Conrad Weiser), and sophomores Andrew Corrigan (Bristol, PA/Bristol), Shaun Healey (Neshanic Station, NJ/Somerville), and Tim Katzaman (Wyomissing, PA/Wyomissing).
The Middle Atlantic Conference indoor championships will be again held at Susquehanna University on Saturday, March 1 while Widener University will entertain the MAC outdoor championships May 1-3.
The NCAA Division III indoor championships are slated for March 14-15 at Ohio Northern University, and the NCAA Division III outdoor championships will be contested May 22-24 at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh.