Cardinals head to Pa. this weekend for outdoor championships

Cardinals head to Pa. this weekend for outdoor championships

WASHINGTON – Following a regular season that featured a number of highlights, the CUA men’s and women’s track teams head to Bethlehem, Pa. this weekend for the 2012 Landmark Conference championships.  Moravian College is this year’s host of the two-day event, which gets underway on Saturday.

CUA has been competing outdoors since opening the season at the Battleground Relays on March 24.  Joe Quigley led the men that day with a third place showing in the 400 hurdles, crossing the finish line in 59.06 seconds, while Michael Spielberger came in ninth in the 1500 meters.

On the women’s side, Kelly Carioto and Mary Clark went two-three in the shot put, and Camelia Mayfield took the top spot in the 3000 steeplechase.

Quigley again led the men at the Messiah College Invite on April 14, when he finished third in the 800 meters, while Spielberger and Pete Schramm added top-ten finishes of their own.

The women had a great day, with Laura Kinley, Mayfield, Carioto and Clark all earning first place finishes, and Keely Eckberg, Carioto, Clark, Courtney Doran, Hannah Gillis and the 4x400 relay team posting top-five finishes. 

For her efforts, Mayfield received Landmark Conference Track Athlete of the Week honors.  Mayfield and Carioto have both been honored by the conference during the outdoor season.

Last weekend, in its final tune up before the championships, CUA traveled to Pennsylvania to compete at the Gettysburg Invite.  Quigley once again had a good day on the track, placing fourth in the 400 meters, while Shawn Brubaker placed fourth in the hammer.

Kinley and Carioto again earned first place finishes, while Eckberg came in tenth in the mile, Maria Docal was eighth in the 800 meters and Grace Lally crossed in fourth place in the 3000 steeplechase.

At last year’s championships, the CUA men tied for fifth place, while Moravian took the top spot and Susquehanna was second.

The CUA women came in fifth place, with the Moravian women claiming the top spot and Susquehanna placing second.

For more information on this weekend’s championships, including the complete schedule, click here.

Action at the championships gets underway beginning at 9:30 on Saturday morning.  On day two, events will begin at 9 a.m. and conclude at 3:20.