Records Fall on Day 1 of Centennial Conference Track & Field Championships; Lehmann, McMinn Lead Swat


SWARTHMORE, Pa. - Muhlenberg's Alexa Faust broke the Conference, meet and venue records in the pole vault, clearing 12-08.75 to earn her fourth consecutive Centennial Conference pole vault championship to highlight the first day of the Centennial Conference Track & Field Championships from Swarthmore College on Friday.

Lehmann led the Garnet women with a sixth-place finish in the pole vault.

Faust - who became the first four-time female pole vault champion - also reached automatic NCAA qualifying standards.

Dickinson's Nick Karwoski also moved into the record books, breaking the meet and venue records in the men's 10,000 meter run, taking first place with a time of 31:09.51, just edging Haverford's Joseph Carpenter (31:17.64) and Anders Hulleberg (31:26.25).

In the men's pole vault, Matt Trachtenberg of Johns Hopkins took first place, clearing 13-11.25. Also victorious for Hopkins was Laura Paulsen, who took first place in the women's 10,000 meter run with a time of 37:22.84.

For host Swarthmore, Freshman Hana Lehmann led the way for the Swarthmore women on the first day, taking sixth place in the women's pole vault, clearing 9-11.25 to break the Swarthmore College all-time record.

Freshman John McMinn led the way for the Garnet men, finishing 10th in the men's 10k run with a time of 32:54.52, good for sixth all-time at Swarthmore. Jacob Phillips wasn't far behind, coming in 16th with a time of 33:47.57, just missing an all-time Top 10 mark.

In the men's decathlon, Ursinus's Nick Giarratano has the Day 1 lead with 3083, followed closely by Dickinson's John Bingham (3,002).

For the women's heptathlon, Gettysburg's Alexandra Van Tuyl has the halfway lead with an impressive 2490 thanks to first-place finishes in the 100 meter hurdles, high jump and 200 meter dash.

In the men's team standings, Haverford - looking for its 17th consecutive team championship, is ahead with 35 points, followed by Dickinson (15) and Johns Hopkins (15).

On the women's side, Johns Hopkins has the early lead with 25 points, followed by Dickinson (22)and Muhlenberg (14).

The second day of the Centennial Conference Track & Field Championships begins tomorrow at 8:45 a.m. with decathlon.

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