LANCASTER, Pa. – Five Centennial Conference-leading marks and a new school record made for a sensational indoor debut for the Ursinus College track and field teams at the Diplomat Open on Saturday.
Senior Adam Myers finished runner-up in the shot put, uncorking a heave of 49 feet, 3 inches that currently ranks ninth in Division III after the opening weekend of competition. It was just 1.5 inches off his personal record, which earned him the silver medal at last year's CC indoor championship. Freshman Griffin McMann (39-7) and sophomore Carlo Telesco (38-1.5) were 14th and 17th, respectively.
Freshman Mike Knudson made his collegiate debut a memorable one, establishing a new program record with a 40-2.25 in the weight throw.
Sophomore Andre Kelly matched Myers with a second-place finish in the 400-meter dash, clocking a 51.78 to grab the top spot on the conference performance list.
Sophomores Codi Yhap (23.69, 7th) and Austin Bittenbender (23.70, 8th) are ranked first and second, respectively, in the Centennial Conference in the 200-meter dash following top-10 performances, while senior Jequan Mitchell (24.10) placed 13th. Mitchell also nabbed 15th in the 60-meter dash (7.32).
Yhap landed in 10th overall with a 40-0.5 in his triple jump debut, while Bittenbender was 14th (19-11) in the long jump.
Bittenbender, Yhap, Andre Kelly, and senior Mitchell Kelly were sixth in the 4x400-meter relay (3:37.26). Mitchell Kelly led the Bears' contingent with a 12th-place showing in the 800 (2:07.29).
Sophomore John Haase marked a 4:39.17 to place fourth in the mile, winning his group and nabbing top billing in the CC. Freshman Kyle Berardi (4:48.76) finished just off a CC-qualifying standard in his track debut, and senior Joseph Iuliucci (4:52.69) was just a few seconds behind.
On the women's side, senior Katherine Damato, freshman Michaela Coleman, senior Catherine Buczek, and sophomore Catherine Curran finished runner-up only to Division II Millersville in the 4x400-meter relay, posting a time of 4:15.14 to beat out previous CC champion Franklin & Marshall by just over a half-second. The group's clocking currently sits 14th in the nation.
Michaela Coleman and twin sister Rachel Coleman impressed in their collegiate sprinting debuts. Rachel was ninth in the 200 with a 27.74, with Michaela right behind at 27.98.
Sophomore Kira Miller marked a new P.R. in the 60-meter hurdles, finishing 12th with a time of 9.97. Buczek took 21st in 10.31.
Junior Caroline Buckley was tremendous in the opener, notching a pair of personal bests in the jumping events. Her 33-8.75 (5th place) in the triple jump was an indoor best and leads the CC, while the 15-7.5 in the long jump was a college P.R. and good for 11th overall.
The long jump was one of the Bears' best events of the day, with freshman Neve Durrwatcher taking 13th (15-5) and fellow rookie Kateryna Swan placing 16th (15-3.25). Durrwatcher's standard matched her personal record from high school.
Swan also finished 16th in the high jump (4-7.00), with Damato recording the same mark.
The track and field teams return to action when the Bears host the annual Collegeville Classic on Saturday, January 20.