Mustangs Repeat as MAC Indoor Track and Field Champions

Mustangs Repeat as MAC Indoor Track and Field Champions

BETHLEHEM, Pa. - The Stevenson men's track and field team won its second consecutive Middle Atlantic Conference Indoor Track and Field Championship in dominating fashion, defeating second-place Widener by 43 points with a team score of 158. Head Coach Dave Berdan took home his first Men's Coach of the Year honor, while sophomore Dereck Davis won Co-Track Athlete of the Year after taking first overall in the 60m dash and second in the 200. Davis was also a part of the 4x200m relay team that took second place on Friday and the 4x400 squad that placed third on Saturday.  Stevenson has either won or shared each of the last three MAC Track and Field team titles (shared the Outdoor Championship with Widener in 2018).

Davis kicked off his day by taking gold in the 60m dash finals with a blazing time of 6.94 seconds. Senior Kendall Belser placed second with a 6.99, while senior Malcolm Hayward took fourth with a 7.13. Sophomore Clement Onyebadi and senior Morgan Cheatham placed sixth (7.18) and seventh overall (7.20). The Mustangs picked up a total of 28 points from this single event. Davis is currently tied for 10th in Division III with his 6.90 performance, which took place at the Fastrack National Invite on February 8. 

The Mustangs would also stockpile points in the 200, taking three of the first four spots. Belser took first overall with a 22.40, while Davis placed second with a 22.86. Cheatham placed fourth with a 23.27. 

Sophomore Ritchie Case won the heptathlon after placing first in four in the seven events. Case, who finished with 4357 points, opened up the day with a first-place finish in the 60m hurdles with a school-record time of 8.95 seconds. Case would then go on to place third in the pole vault (3.70m) and fifth in the 1000 (3:35.94). Case still has the 10th-best heptathlon performance in Division III this season (4781, Bison Open on January 25, 2019).

Case would pick up another gold medal in the 400m dash where he clocked a 50.99. Junior Iddriss Iddriss finished just behind Case and in second with a 51.39. Iddriss would also go on to take second place in the 800 with a 1:56.22. Sophomore Sean Dodson placed eighth in the event with 2:01.43.

In the high jump, Onyebadi set a personal best with a height of 1.93 meters, placing him into a tie for third overall. Case would take seventh with a 1.83. 

Junior Patrick Watson clocked an 8:49.97 in the 3000 to take fourth overall. In the mile, junior Nikita Kulick crossed the line in 4:25.63 to place seventh, while Watson ran a 4:26.79 to take the eighth spot. 

In the triple jump, the Mustangs had three athletes pick up points. Senior Steven Sneed and freshman Hayden Otchere placed sixth and seventh with jumps of 13.16 and 12.96 meters. Onyebadi took eighth with a hop, skip and jump of 12.95m.

Senior Forrest Allen, who finished fourth in weight throw on Friday, found another spot on the podium after placing seventh in the shot put with a personal-best toss of 13.20m.  

In the 4x800m relay, Dodson, freshman Elijah Smith, senior Sam Mercoli and Iddriss placed fourth overall with a combined time of 8:20.57. With the team championship already in hand, the Mustang 4x400 team of Belser, Dodson, Case and freshman Glen Turner took third overall with a combined time of 3:30.49 to close out the meet.

The Mustangs continue their historic season starting on Friday, March 1 at the two-day AARTFC Championship, hosted by Ithaca College.