April 19, 2009

INDIANA, Pa. - Washington & Jefferson College senior Curt Jones (Falconer, N.Y./Falconer) set a school record in the javelin and earned first place to help the Presidents place fourth of 12 teams on Saturday at IUP's Ed Fry Track & Field Invitational. The W&J women claimed eighth place of 13 squads.

IUP won both team titles after racking up 158 points in the men's standings and 127 in the women's competition. California (103), Grove City (102), W&J (71) and Seton Hill (67) rounded out the top five men's teams. Slippery Rock placed sixth with 58 points, while Bloomsburg (43), Saint Vincent (42), Waynesburg (32), Duquesne (15), Bethany (15) and West Liberty State (11) rounded out the standings.

Clarion (102) placed second in the women's invitational followed by Slippery Rock (96), Seton Hill (71), California (66), Waynesburg (66), Bethany (63), W&J (54), Duquesne (38), Bloomsburg (34), Grove City (27), West Liberty State (19) and Saint Vincent (6).

Jones set his school record in the javelin and improved his NCAA Division III provisional-qualifying mark with a throw of 203'5". He also placed eighth in the discus with a top mark of 39.66 meters.

Freshman Bryant Wang (Sudbury, Mass./Lincoln-Sudbury) also collected an individual win after crossing the line first in the 110-meter hurdles (15.35). He also took seventh in the 200 meters (23.40).

The W&J women were paced by sophomores Michelle Wuenstel (Pittsburgh, Pa./Keystone Oaks) and Katelynd McElhany (Canonsburg, Pa./Canon-McMillan).

Wuenstel earned second place in the 200 meters (26.44) and third place in the 100 meters (12.93). She also led the 4x400 meter relay to a third-place showing (4:12.57). McElhany claimed third place in the 100-meter hurdles (15.28) and joined Wunestel on the 4x400 relay. She also took sixth in the long jump (5.07 meters).

Senior Summer Baumgard (Vincent, Ohio/Warren) posted a second-place finish in the high jump (5'2"), while classmate Erin Long (McMurray, Pa./Peters Twp.) finished sixth in the 1,500 meters (5:03.73).

Senior Brittany Anderton (Meadville, Pa./Meadville) notched fourth place in the triple jump (10.13 meters) and freshman Tierney Risley (Nassua, N.Y./Columbia) earned one team point after placing eighth in the 400-meter hurdles (1:11.66).

On the men's side, senior Travis Reline (St. Clairsville, Ohio/St. Clairsville) collected a fourth-place finish in the 110-meter hurdles (16.66), while classmate Travis Bui-Klimke (Coraopolis, Pa./West Allegheny) finished one spot behind Wang in eighth place in the 200 meters (23.45)

Freshman Greg French (East Amherst, N.Y./Williamsville East) finished third in the 400-meter hurdles (57.10), while senior Jeff Smith (Aliquippa, Pa./Hopewell) was one spot behind in fourth (57.52). French also placed fifth in the triple jump (13.18 meters).

Freshman Josh Buckley (McKees Rocks, Pa./Sto-Rox) grabbed fourth place in the triple jump (13.19 meters) and sixth place in the long jump (6.24 meters).

Junior Bryan Considder (Chardon, Ohio/Chardon) notched an eighth-place showing in the shot put (41'11 ½").

The Presidents will now prepare for next week's Presidents' Athletic Conference Championships which will be hosted by Westminster College.