A Page -- May 28, 2012

Magnificat sending six Student/Athletes to Columbus for state track

The Magnificat Blue Streak are sending six ladies to Columbus for the State track meet this year: 2 relays and 2 individuals.

 The two relays include the 4x800m comprising of Victoria Meyer, Elise Horning, Katie Kerr and Abbie Marquard and the 4x400m made up of Katie Whitmore, Katie Kerr, Abbie Marquard and Rachel Hlatky. The individuals who qualified also come from those relays including Abbie Marquard in the 800m and Rachel Hlatky in the 200m. 

 Both Marquard and Hlatky have earned their 4th trip to Columbus for the State Outdoor Track & Field Championship Meet. Additionally, Marquard has competed at the State Cross Country meet for four years in a row and the last 3 Indoor State Track Championships for a total of 11 State meet appearances. 

Within those appearances, she helped her teams earn 4 State Championship titles and two Runner-Up trophies.

At the Amherst Regional, the 4x800m team finished 3rd in 9:18, the 4x400m team also finished 3rd in 4:56, Marquard was 4th in the 800m in 2:15 and Hlatky was 3rd in the 200m in 25.07. The team competing at the State meet this year is comprised of 3 freshmen, 1 junior and 2 seniors which bodes well for the future.

"We are very proud of and excited for the ladies to continue the tradition of qualifying a nice group of athletes to the State meet," said Mags coach Anjanette Arabian. "This year's group includes what has represented the team all season long, solid veteran ladies complimented by strong, young talent. We hope the younger ladies enjoy their first-time experience in Columbus and are glad the seniors get to complete their high school careers on such a positive note of accomplishment."


In additional Magnificat Track & Field news from across the country, Madeline Chambers, now a sophomore at Georgetown University, competed at the Division I NCAA Regional Track & Field Meet in Jacksonville, FL. She finished 6th overall in the 5,000m race in a time of 16:23. That earns her a birth at the NCAA Championship meet at Drake University in DeMoines, Iowa on June 6-9. Last year as a freshman, she competed at the NCAA Outdoor Championships in the 1500m.

Mount Union Women Place Third at NCAA Track & Field Championships; Best Team Finish in School History

CLAREMONT, Calif. -- Mount Union's women's track and field team posted its best finish in school history as the Purple Raiders finished third in the nation at the 2012 NCAA Championships at Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges in Claremont, California.

Mount Union tallied 34 points which was five ahead of fourth place Methodist (N.C.) and 18 points behind second place Wisconsin-Oshkosh (52 pts.). Wartburg (Iowa) crushed the field and won the national title with 129 points.

Junior Mary Mahoney (Ashtabula/St. John-St. Paul) earned All-American honors in three events and headlined the day by winning the national title in the 200 meters.

Mahoney had the second-best time after preliminaries and held off the field in the final meters as she posted a time of 24.26 to give the Raiders their first national title in an individual running event since 1994.

Mahoney also got on the podium and earned All-American honors with a third place in the 400 meters with a school-record time of 54.59. It was the second year in a row she finished third in the event and was second in the event at the NCAA Indoor Championships earlier this year.

She finished off the night with an impressive run in the final leg of the 4x400 relay as along with her teammates in junior Daryn Herman (Fairview Park/Fairview), sophomore Emily Mazzaferri (Canton/GlenOak) and freshman Courtney Reese (Cleveland/Cornerstone Christian) posted a time of 3:47.80 to finish fourth and earn All-American honors.

Sophomore Taylor Kring (Salem/West Brach) also got on the podium as she finished eighth and earned All-American honors in the 100 hurdles (14.43).

On Thursday, senior Aubree Jones (Falconer, N.Y./Falconer) won the title in the discus with a school-record throw of 153-10 to win the national title. Jones, a All-American in the javelin a year ago, was not alone on the medal platform as her twin sister Anna Jones also had a career-best throw of 144-6 to finish seventh and earn All-American honors.

Matthew Jurcak

Jurcak Earns Second All-American Honor with Fifth-Place Finish in California

CLAREMONT, Calif. – Case Western Reserve University senior Matthew Jurcak<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/mtrack/2011-12/bios/jurcak%20matthew%20a088> (Olmsted Falls, Ohio/Olmsted Falls) earned his second career All-American honor with a fifth-place finish in the 110-meter hurdles on the third and final day of the 2012 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championship at Fritz B. Burns Stadium on the campus of Claremont McKenna-Harvey Mudd-Scripps College.

Jurcak, who recorded the fifth-fastest preliminary time yesterday, sprinted to a career-best tying mark of 14.53 seconds. Freshman Justin Johnson of St. Norbert College (Wisc.) was the only competitor to finish under 14 seconds, winning the National Championship in a meet-record time of 13.79.

A three-time national qualifier, Jurcak ends his career as a two-time All-American after placing fifth in the nation in the 60m hurdles at the 2012 DIII Indoor Championship in early March in Iowa.

Editor’s note: Today is Memorial Day. At this  time, we should honor the brave soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines  for their courage to serve our country for both what might have been or are “popular” or “unpopular” wars, and moreover, those who have lost their lives in the process. 

Now,  on Memorial Day Weekend, all Americans should thank an American family who lost someone in one of the many American wars since the 1770s through which over one million American men have died.  They died to protect our freedoms. 

At the foundation of all other freedoms is the First Amendment – essentially the freedom of speech, freedom to practice a religion of choice, freedom of the press, freedom of assembly, freedom of association and freedom to petition. It has been held for over 200 years that Congress shall make no law to abridge freedom of the press yet today this fundamental right is threatened in many disguised forms. 

Without the men who fought and died to protect this freedom that makes Student/Athlete-Cleveland and all other media organizations possible, we would  be under totalitarian, absolute and tyrannical control and as Lord Acton once said would produce nothing but corruption. Hail all Americans who have died at war and God Bless America.

Donnelly Earns All-American Honors in Shot Put at NCAA Championships

CLAREMONT, Calif. -- Mount Union freshman Sean Donnelly (Willoughby/Willoughby South) earned All-American honors with a fifth place finish in the shot put at the 2012 NCAA Division III Track and Field Championships in Claremont, California.

Sean Donnelly 

Donnelly's fifth place throw was a mark of 56-5.25 in earning his first All-American honor. Eight of the last 11 years, Mount Union has had a male throw get All-American honors.

Donnelly was Mount Union's second All-American of the weekend as sophomore Alex Kovalik (Aurora/Aurora) finished sixth in the decathlon on Friday.

Senior Sean Denard (Naperville, Ill./North) also competed and placed ninth in the discus on Thursday, before suffering an injury in practice Friday then failed to score a mark in the shot put on Saturday.