May 1, 2009
PHILADELPHIA--The men's and women's track & field teams at Saint Joseph's embark on a two-day quest for their first A-10 Outdoor Championships starting Saturday. The event will be held at the Irwin Belk Track & Field Center hosted by Charlotte and will conclude on Sunday.
Redshirt senior Bobby Staten has led the Hawks in the sprinting department already having qualified for NCAA Regionals in the 100m thanks to a 10.48 school-record time at Larry Ellis. He has won the 100m three times in 2009.
The time is tops in the Atlantic 10 and Staten is second in the 200m dash as well. Additionally he provides the fastest legs on the 4x100m and 4x400m Relays, both of which have qualified for IC4As later in May.
Sophomore mid-distanceman Brian Guterl, leads Saint Joseph's in the 800m and 1,500m runs having qualified for the IC4A in the first and NCAA regionals in the latter. He's leads the A-10 in the 1,500m and is second in the 800m and also runs the 4x800m on occasion.
Saint Joseph's women's track & field are led by junior Natalie Miller in the high jump and all-around athlete Nicole McMullen. Miller has reached her career-best of 5-7 twice this season, which is an IC4A-qualifying mark while also winning three times this season. McMullen has already qualified for the ECACs in the 200m dash ranking second in the A-10.
An accomplished sprinter, this year she's jumped up to run the 400m with regularity providing strength to the 4x400m relay. McMullen also excels in the long jump having qualified for ECACs in each of the last two track seasons.
The University of Rhode Island seeks its eighth title in nine years on the men's side while Charlotte is looking to claim its fourth-straight title for the women. The first events begin Saturday morning and will conclude on Sunday afternoon.