Hawk Track Squads Compete at Penn State
Courtesy: SJU Athletic Communications  
Release:  01/17/2007

Jan. 17, 2007

PHILADELPHIA - The Saint Joseph's men's and women's track teams competed on Saturday at the Penn State Indoor Relays in State College, PA. Seniors Teddy Meyers and Valerie Ramirez turned in solid performances to lead the squads. There was no team scoring in the event.

Ramirez was the top Hawk finisher in the 55m hurdles event, turning in a time of 8.62, one of the fastest times recorded in the Atlantic 10 this season. She also led off the sprint medley relay foursome that placed seventh and the 4x55 hurdles team that took fourth. Ramirez also ran the second leg on the 4x55 relay, and her split of 7.26 was the fastest of the four SJU runners. In the jumps, sophomore Natalie Miller tied for sixth place with a high jump mark of 5' 3". Freshman standout Nicole McMullen continued her stellar first season by recording a 17' 4 ¼" in the long jump, placing fifth.

For the men, Meyers and teammates Justin Heinze and Shawn Duffy dominated the 3000m. Meyers took first place with a time of 8:44.12, more than 14 seconds faster than the conference's previous top time. Heinze placed fourth, running the race in 8:51.87, while Duffy took seventh place with a 9:04.20. In the relays, the Hawks recorded two top-five finishes. The distance medley relay squad took fourth place with a time of 10:32.35. In the 4x400, the Hawks, led by senior co-captains Mike Tatara and Joe Witiw, earned a fifth-place finish, turning in a time of 3:22.18.

Both Hawk track teams return to action this Friday, January 19, when they travel to Collegeville, PA for the Ursinus Invitational. p