ELIZABETHTOWN, Pa. — Widener cruised to its 15th Middle Atlantic Conference championship on Saturday afternoon.
This marks the seventh time in school history Widener’s men won the MAC indoor and outdoor championship in the same year. It also is the Pride’s second outdoor championship in the last three years while the indoor squad is the three-time defending champions.
Charlie Schindler was one of five winners for the men’s team as he captured the 10,000-meter run in 32:31.06. He also ended second in the 5,000-meter run in 15:27.77.
Dennis Conn was victorious in the 1,500-meter run in 3:54.36 to set a new track record and closed second in the 800-meter run in 1:53.97. Mick Coleman won the pole vault by clearing 4.40 meters, Tyler Schmalhofer returned home to win the 400-meter dash in 49.92 seconds and Edmund Maloney captured the hammer throw by covering 52.69 meters.
Michael Quinn grabbed second place in the 3,000-meter steeplechase in 9:47.09. Mike Recla took second in the shot put at 15.14 meters and third in the discus throw at 45.94 meters.
Eddie Burgess was second in the 100-meter dash in 11.09 seconds and third in the 200-meter dash in 22.11 seconds. Anthony Clayton grabbed second in the 400-meter hurdles in 55.98 seconds, Nick Rodriguez was second in the long jump at 6.59 meters and Robert Dowd ended second in the javelin throw at 57.71 meters.
The men’s 4×400-meter relay team closed second in 3:19.42 and included Schmalhofer, Michael Ciavarelli, Will Betts and Martin Turner.
Michael Garrity, who was an All-American in the 1,500-meter run last spring by ending seventh, closed third in 3:56.47. Eric Solomon was third in the hammer throw by covering 49.21 meters and Turner ended third in the 400-meter hurdles in 56.52 seconds.
Vince Touey, in his 25th year with the program, was named MAC Coach of the Year. It is his sixth championship with the men’s outdoor team and 20th combined. This also includes 12 with the men’s indoor team, one with the women’s indoor squad and one with the men’s cross country unit.
The Pride left no doubt by racking up 250. points while Messiah finished second with 149.