Behrend Indoor Track and Field Teams Have Strong Showing at Kenyon Classic
Penn State Behrend Indoor Track and Field teams competed in the Kenyon Classic on Saturday, February 21 held at the Kenyon Athletic Center. Both the men's and women's team had solid performances with several first place finishes and new Behrend records were achieved.
Doug Stevenson (Sharpsville/Sharpsville) led the Behrend Lions to first place finish at the Kenyon Classic. Stevenson won both the 200 meter dash and the 55 meter dash and would lead a team that included Phil Stuczynski (Girard/Girard), Joseph O'Connor (Pittsburgh/Avonworth) and Jake Holdcroft (Pittsburgh/North Allegheny) in the 4x200 meter relay with a first place time of 1:35.82 which is also a Behrend record. Bryan Hartzler (Belleville/Indian Valley) also set a new Behrend record in the high jump with a height of 1.95m. Hartzler also has qualified for the ECAC's for his performance in this event.
The women's team finished third at the Kenyon Classic with several individuals stepping up big for the blue and white. Speedster Virginia Rodgers-Owens (Washington, DC/Dunbar) had a great day in several events including a third place finish in the 200 meter dash and a fourth place finish in the 55 meter dash which qualified her for the ECAC's. Rodgers-Owens also led a team of Amanda Wehrle (Rossiter/Punxsutawney), Dana Turley (Sarver/Freeport) and Jenna Fatica (Erie/Villa Maria Academy) to a second place finish and a new Behrend record in the 4x200 meter relay. Fatica, Wehrle and Turley along with Meghan Kronenwetter (St. Mary's/Elk County) would take home another Behrend record in the 4x400 meter relay with a time of 4:16.02 and placed them third in the event. Fatica would also go on to win the 400 meter dash with a time of 1:02.47.
The blue and white will be back in action on February 28 at the Marietta Open. The Behrend Lions will then take part in the ECAC championships on March 6-7 and finish the indoor season at the NCAA championships on March 13-14.