Runners ready for championships

BY KEVIN JONES, STAFF WRITER

The Susquehanna men’s and
women’s track and field teams
enjoyed solid performances at
the SU Invitational on Feb. 14.
Head Coach Marty Owens
was happy with the team’s performance.
“It was a very good day for
us and was a nice final tune up
before conference championships,”
Owens said.
In the women’s 5000 meter
run, freshman Kailyn Reily
was Susquehanna’s top finisher
with a time of 19:34.76. Sophomore
Emily Leboffe finished
17th in the race with a time of
20:33.68.
“It was my first time running
the 5K and I thought it
was a good starting time,”
Leboffe said.
Sophomore Jasmine Mitchell
finished fifth in the 60. Her
time in the finals was 8.03, but
she finished with a time of 7.95
in the prelims.
Three runners from Susquehanna
finished in the top ten
in the 3000, and all three set
a personal best. Senior Alex
Price placed first with a time of
8:54.01, junior Colin Eberhardt
finished second with a time
of 8:55.16 and freshman Kyle
Skelton finished seventh with a
time of 9:03.41.
Price said: “I was very happy
with my performance. I was
able to get a new personal record.
It felt good to race hard
before championships.”
Price said that he hoped to
rest and recover before conference
championships.
“It’s all about recovery and
being well rested so I have my
best race and am ready both
physically and mentally,” Price
said.
Senior Scott Sullivan finished
fourth in the mile, finishing
in 4:27.58, and senior John
Crowe finished second overall
in the 5000 with a time of
15:40.69.
Crowe was happy with his
performance in the race.
“I know I can run better, but
it was definitely a good race.
Hopefully my season’s best
race is next week,” Crowe said.
The SU Invitational was the
second of four straight home
meets for the Crusaders. Crowe
explained how racing at home
has a positive effect on him.
“You can have friends and
classmates come, and we have
a new track that is nice to run
on. It’s also nice not to travel,”
Crowe said.
Owens feels that there might
be some advantage to having a
home meet, but doesn’t think it
makes a big difference.
“It’s nice to not travel, but
we’re not worried about weather
and all indoor tracks are the
same. I think there is a minor
advantage,” Owens said.
Owens explained that although
some runners will be
resting and not compete in the
last competition on Feb. 20
before conference championships,
others try to make qualifying
time or a better qualifying
time.
The Crusaders have two
home events in the near future.
On Feb. 20, the Crusaders will
participate in the SU open,
starting at 4 p.m. The Landmark
Conference Championship
will be on Feb. 28.