ITHACA, NY – The Penn State Behrend men's and women's track teams competed in day one of the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference (ECAC) Championships Friday, hosted by Ithaca College.
Mitchell Obenrader (Fryburg, PA/North Clarion) was runner-up in the shot put. He tossed a new school record of 17.13 meters (56'2.5") to grab the second-place finish and an All-ECAC selection.
Matthew Grafton (Worthington, PA/Kittanning), Luke Patten (West Middlesex, PA/West Middlesex), Kurt Eberhardt (Gibsonia, PA/Hampton), and Grant Rodgers (Oil City, PA/Oil City) teamed up to finish third overall in the 4x200 meter race and finish All-ECAC. They clocked in with a Behrend record-breaking time of 1:31.19.
On the women's side, Haley Yenchik (Cecil, PA/Canon McMillan) was part of two All-ECAC finishes. Individually, Yenchik finished fourth in the pole vault with a height of 3.43 meters (11'3"). She then teamed up with Paige Allen (Butler, PA/Butler), Maura Costa (Pittsburgh, PA/Baldwin), and Ashlyn Carlsson (Butler, PA/Knoch) in the 4x200. The four of them earned eighth place after racing to a 1:48.33 time.
Allen raced in the 60 meter dash, finishing first in the prelims with a time of 7.80 to qualify for the finals tomorrow.
Grafton qualified for the 60 meter hurdles with a personal and school record time of 8.32 seconds.
Behrend will be back in action tomorrow in the final day of the ECAC Championships beginning at 10 a.m.