BY JUSTUS STURTEVANT, SPORTS EDITOR
The Susquehanna track and field team unveiled their new indoor track with a solid team performance, highlighted by several standout performances.
Head Coach Marty Owens was impressed with his team’s performance coming off of the break. He said: “There were solid performances all around. We even had some personal-bests, and when you can open up like that, it’s a good showing.”
Junior sprinter Kwane Hayle earned a first place finish in the 60-meter dash with a time of 6.94. He also claimed the 200 title with a time of 23.06.
Sophomore Armond Owens turned in the third-fastest time of the day in the 60 with a person-best of 7.23.
Junior Desmond Edwards won the triple jump with a person-best mark of 12.97 meters. He also took home second place in the long jump with a distance of 6.25 meters.
Senior Alex Price and junior John Crowe finished second and third, respectively, in the 3000 race with times of 9:04.85 and 9:05.74.
Several of the team’s younger members made statements in their home debuts. Freshman Victor Gonzalez took home fifth place in the 60 hurdles with a time of 9.02. Freshman Kyle Entin was the fastest Crusader in the 400, finishing seventh with a time of 53.73.
Hayle was pleased with his team’s performance. He said, “I am proud of how the season is going so far and how well the team is doing.”
On the women’s side, junior distance runner Ashley West ran away with the 800 crown, finishing with a time of 2:16.38, nearly five seconds ahead of the pack.
Freshman Shay Wisse posted the program’s second-fastest time in the 60 hurdles. Her time of 9.70 was good for third place.
Sophomore Jasmine Mitchell placed second in the 60 with a time of 8.06.
Sophomore Keirnan Doughtery claimed second place in the mile with a time of 5:38.70, while junior Rachel Bachman took fourth with a time of 5:40.44.
The 4×400 team comprised of West, senior Laura Alleva and sophomores Megan Grady and Hannah Perkins took home second with a time of 4:16.63.
Marty Owens and his team have high expectations for this season. Coming off a conference title in the spring, the men’s team expects to compete at the top of the conference again this season.
The women are looking to fight for the conference crown as well. After finishing second to conference powerhouse Moravian in both the indoor and outdoor conference championships, the Crusaders hope to make a bid for the title this season.
Marty Owens hopes to balance his teams’ expectations with growth this season.
He said, “Ultimately our goal is to win, but as coaches our goal is to get our athletes to compete as well as they can and hopefully that is enough to win.”
The Crusaders will be back in action on Jan. 30 at Bucknell’s Bison Open and Multi.