BY CHRIS HOOKER, SPORTS EDITOR
Susquehanna track and field opened 2013 with the Orange & Maroon Classic on Jan. 18, which featured strong performances across the board from the team.
“We did very well,” said head coach Martin Owens. “Our biggest rival in the conference, Moravian, was here, and they got to see them early on. We did very well against them.”
On the men’s side, senior thrower Ken Schetroma put up a stud performance, taking fourth place in the weight throw with a toss of 14.72.
Junior teammate Seth Landgraf took seventh with a throw of 13.26.
“Ken Schetroma is still continuing to do what he does in his conference and that’s just dominate the throws,” Owens said.
His brother, Tom Schetroma, set a Susquehanna freshman record with a sixth-place throw of 13.67, which dethroned a 28-year-old record set by current throws coach Cris Delbaugh.
The Crusaders also put up great scores in the jumps, with freshmen Jeremy Campbell and Michael Stankus tying for fourth in the high jump with marks of 1.72, while freshman Desmond Edwards set a personal record with a long jump of 6.11, placing seventh.
For the men’s runners, Susquehanna took command of the mile as sophomore Austin Iovoli took fourth (4:32.97) and sophomore Paul Crowe placed fifth (4:33.13). Sophomore Alex Price finished eighth with a time of a 4:33.68.
Freshman Kwane Hayle just passed the school record in the 60-meter sprint with a time of 6.96, surpassing the record by .01 seconds.
Hayle also won the 200-meter dash with a time of 23.20.
“[Hayle’s] the top guy in both [the 60 and 200], and as a freshman that bodes very well. If they cut the list off now, he’d be going to Nationals as a freshman,” Owens said.
Sophomore Ryan Lopes and freshman Peter Kerns also scored big in the meet, finished two-three in the 400 with times of 51.92 and 52.68, while teammate junior Brandon Albaugh finished fifth with a time of 53.90.
The 3,000 was dominated by Susquehanna alumni Paul Thistle, who won the event by 35 seconds with a time of 8:35.04.
Freshman John Crowe finished two places behind him with a time of 9:09.89.
On the women’s end, senior Jess Ranck took fourth in the weight throw with a toss of 12.70, while senior Jennifer Baer placed sixth with her 12.30 throw.
In the jumps, junior Jennifer Tims took first with a long jump of 4.71, while teammate freshman Alissa Sellers placed in the top-10 with a mark of 4.65.
Junior Julie Scales placed eighth in the pole vault with a leap of 2.89. Sophomore Thanida Sermsuwan and Tims took fifth and seventh respectively in the triple jump with scores of 10.17 and 10.08.
Junior Shannon Galvin put on a show with a team-best finish of 5:52.45 in the mile, placing sixth.
In the 400, senior Brooke Linders placed fourth with her time of 1:03.78, as freshman Ashley West took third in the 800 with a final of 2:23.94.
“This 2013 team will probably be the most well-balanced squad I’ll be a part of in my career here,” said Ken Schetroma. “I know it’s early in the season, but I can say this with 100 percent confidence. The past two years we’ve come up one place short of winning the conference championship. We’ve been knocking on the door for the past two years. This year, we’re kicking it in and taking back what’s ours.”
Owens stated he enjoys meets like these because they aren’t scored.
He treats them as a means to evaluate his talent and see what events he can plug his athletes into.
“A lot of our training right now is all geared towards the championships,” coach said. That’s our biggest thing. Guys, especially, in mid-distance and distance, will be moving around to different events. Once I get them qualified, and this includes women also, you’ll see them go to 800 one week, then to the 400, maybe up to the mile, we train for the championships. That’s our focus.”
He added, “When you are doing a lot of non-scored stuff, it allows you to do that because you aren’t worried about winning a meet. As a coach you like that, because it allows you to play around with a roster and not worry about how do you win this one.”