Mustangs Second After Day One of MAC Championships, Set Three School Records

Mustangs Second After Day One of MAC Championships, Set Three School Records

BETHLEHEM, Pa. - The Stevenson men's indoor track and field team is currently second overall in the team standings after day one of the Middle Atlantic Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships, hosted by Lehigh University. The Mustangs, who are currently five points behind Widener with 40 points, are looking for the program's first MAC Championship. The Mustangs also broke three school records on the day. 

Junior Langston Gash broke his own indoor school record in the 5000m run with a time of 15.01.35, giving him fourth place overall. 

Also setting a school record was Dimeon Wright whose leap of 7.13m gave him second-place overall in the event and All-MAC Second Team honors. Wright's jump also moved him up to second in the region behind Ta'riq Thomas of Delaware Valley (7.35), who won the event with a 7.28.  Freshman Ritchie Case took sixth with a 6.68m jump.

Senior Curtis McInnis broke his own school mark in the weight throw with a toss of 15.12, which gave him fourth place. 

The Distance Medley Relay team of sophomore Iddriss Iddriss, junior Vladhimir Theophile, freshman Sean Dodson and junior Sam Mercoli took second overall in the event after clocking a 10:29.61, which also earned them All-MAC Second Team honors. 

The Mustangs also took second in the 4x200m relay after Davis, Riggins, Belser and Theophile finished with combined time of 1:32.06, earning the group Second Team honors. 

Stevenson also had six athletes qualify for the 60m dash finals. Junior Matt Riggins improved on his conference-best time in the 60m dash with a 7.01, which qualified him at first for the finals. Junior Kendall Belser ran a 7.04 to qualify third, while freshman Dereck Davis also clocked a 7.04 (personal best) to qualify fourth. Junior Malcolm Hayward clocked a personal-best time of 7.04 to qualify seventh, while sophomore Aaron Holliday and junior Morgan Cheatham qualified seventh and eighth with times of 7.13 and 7.16.

Case is leading the heptathlon after four of seven events with 2588 points. Case took first place in the three of the four events and set personal marks in each, which included the 60m dash (7.34), long jump (6.77m) and shot put (10.95m). Freshman Gabe Madro took first in the high jump with a personal-best height of 1.76. Junior Cooper Smelski is currently fifth overall with 2185 points, while Madro sits in sixth with 2180. 

The Mustangs will look to make school history on the second and final day of the meet, which begins on Saturday, February 24 at 11:00 am.