By Ronald Hanaki
ESU’s Men’s Track and Field team placed third with 78 points, and the Women’s Track and Field team placed fifth with 53 points at the PSAC Indoor Track and Field Championships last weekend.
The men were led by senior Steven Morgan and sophomore Khai Samuels. Morgan was crowned the 60-meter hurdles champion, and Samuels became the PSAC champion in the 800-meter run.
Morgan tied his personal best by running the 60-meter hurdles in 8.06 seconds.
Junior Christian Castro finished the same event in sixth place in a time of 8.33 seconds.
Samuels ran a personal best time of 1:53.73 in the 800-meter run. His time is the second fastest in school history.
The women were led by sophomore Aspen Gaita. She ran the 60-meter hurdles in 8.54 seconds to become the PSAC champion in the event.
Other notable finishers included freshman Tiana Webster. She ran the 60-meter dash in 7.79 seconds, which was good for third place.
Seniors Kaylyn West and Lauren Toth finished the 800-meter run in fifth and sixth places with times of 2:18.26 and 2:18.60 respectively.
Senior Alec Lederer finished second in the 5,000-meter run and sixth in the 3,000-meter run. Sophomore Patrick Monahan tied his ESU school record by running the 60-meter dash in 6.98 seconds for sixth place.
ESU’s men’s relay team ran the 4x400m relay in 3:19.51 for second place. The women’s team completed the same relay in 3:59.87 for sixth place.
On Tuesday afternoon, it was announced that Morgan and Gaita were selected to represent ESU at the 2017 NCAA Division II Indoor Track and Field Championships in Birmingham, Ala. from March 9 to March 11.
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