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May 5, 2012

Men’s Track and Field Competes at Mason Dixon Championships

GWYNEDD VALLEY, Pa. - The Penn State Behrend men's track and field team competed at the Mason Dixon Championships on Sunday afternoon.  The Lions wrapped up the two-day event with strong performances all around.

In the field events, Behrend had six different athletes place in the top-10.  Dylan Bilka (Seven Fields, PA/Seneca Valley) led the way with a first place finish in the pole vault.  Bilka cleared 4.75m which was also good enough to qualify for ECAC's.  Garrett Shaw (Saxonburg, PA/Knoch) was right behind Bilka at 4.40m for second place.

John Cerminara (Williamsburg, VA/Jamestown) also won an event for the Lions.  Cerminara came in first place in the discus throw at 41.67m.  Seth Weible (Johnsonburg, PA/Johnsonburg) took third in the discus with a distance of 40.40m.  Cerminara competed in the shot put as well, taking third at 14.05m.

Alex Yaegle (Russell, PA/Eisenhower) placed third in the javelin throw for Behrend.  Yaegle hit 53.17m.  Hunter Zudans (West Chester, PA/West Chester Rustin) was not far behind in fourth place at 52.59m.

Both Billy Cvecko (Erie, PA/McDowell) and Cody Bupp (Warren, PA/Warren) had busy days on the track.  Cvecko took fifth in the 800m run and sixth in the 1500m run with times of 1:58.55 and 4:06.73 respectively.  Bupp competed in two hurdling events.  In the 110m hurdles, Bupp crossed the line at 16.26 for fifth place.  He also took fifth in the 400m hurdles with a time of 58.00.

Denis Lydon (Plum, PA/Plum) continued to run well in the long distance events.  In the 5000m run, Lydon took third place with a time of 15:39.46.

As a team, the Lions took third out of eight schools.

Behrend will be back in action on Friday at the Allegheny Qualifier in Meadville.