Track sets new records, hopes are high for future

The NCAA had better watch out: Seton Hill University (SHU) track and field is making its mark.

Both the men’s and women’s teams brought home new records and qualifying marks from the New Balance Collegiate invitational in New York City February 3 and 4.

Six school records were broken and four NCAA Division II championship provisional qualifying marks were set at the meet.  Senior Josh Wilks raced in the championship 800m race and finished second overall.  The finish qualified him for the USA Indoor Track and Field National Championship in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Feb. 25-26.

“The distance medley relay team of Jeannie Bujdos, Chelsea Cavanaugh, Megan Cala and Stephanie Pryor running at time of 12:16.88 both a SHU record and NCAA provisional mark,” according to a press release.

“Calsie Boyd became the first female jumper to triple jump over 38 feet with a mark of 11.66m (38′-3 1/4″) which is a new SHU mark as well as NCAA provisional mark. The women’s 4x400m relay team of Megan Cala, Chelsea Cavanaugh, Creanna Martin and Chelsae Ruggeri broke the one year old record with a time of 4:09.89, and Chelsea Cavanaugh broke her own 400m record by posting a time of 58.67.”

Tyler McIntosh took fifth in the college division for high jump, clearing the bar at 2.04m, while Anthony Philips set a new SHU 60m hurdle record with a time of 8.46.

“The Griffins currently have 6 men and women either automatically or provisionally qualified for the 2012 NCAA Division II indoor national championships on March 9-10, the most since the program began six years ago. The men and women will be back in action this Saturday, Feb. 11 as they compete in the Bucknell Winter Classic in Lewisburg, PA.”

This press release originally appeared on the Seton Hill University Athletics web site. Additions were written by Kiley Fischer, sports editor.

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