ANNVILLE, Pa. – The Stevenson University men's indoor track and field team was selected to repeat as Middle Atlantic Conference champions as the league releases its pre-championship coaches' poll ahead of this weekend's MAC Indoor Track and Field Championships that will take place at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pa.
The Mustangs, who captured their first-ever MAC crown last winter, picked up nine of 13 first-place votes and 140 points to outdistance Widener, who garnered the other four first-place nods from the conference coaches and 133 points. Messiah (119), Eastern (110) and Lebanon Valley (95) round out the top five.
The MAC Championship opens Friday, February 22 at Rauch Fieldhouse on Lehigh's campus and concludes Saturday. Day passes for adults are $5 (Friday) and $7 (Saturday), while all-session passes are available for $10. Student prices are $2, $4 and $5, with children under 6 free for both sessions. Live results will be available at the MAC Championship Central website.
Stevenson enters the meet with the top performance in the conference this season in six events, with a plethora of depth in sprints. In the 60-meter dash, Dereck Davis has the top time in the conference (6.90 seconds) and the Mustangs have six of the top eight performers. In the 200, Kendall Belser owns the MAC's top time (22.53 seconds) with Mustangs holding four of the top seven spots.
Ritchie Case has the top time in the 400 (51.01 seconds) and also owns the league's top performance in the heptathlon (4757 points). Iddriss Iddiriss is the top performer in the conference to date in the 800 (1:55.92), while cross country All-American Patrick Watson has the top time in the 3K (8:37.04) set back in November to open the indoor season.
In field events, Clement Onyebadi set the third-highest mark in the MAC this past weekend in the high jump (1.90 meters) while Case has the third-best long jump effort (6.60 meters).