Men's Track Finishes Strong at LVC Indoor Invitational
January 31, 2009
ANNVILLE, Pa.--The Catholic University men's track team competed in its first scoring meet of the season ending with a second place finish at the Lebanon Valley College Invitational. Running on the small and slow LVC track, the team competed hard and placed high in several events.
Leading the squad were Sr. Mike Doster and Jr. Andrew Smith. Smith pulled off a strong double by winning both the mile and 3000 meter run. Senior Paul Santuoso finished third and second respectively, in both races. Doster, after winning the 400 meters, returned immediately to his starting blocks for the 55 meter hurdle finals, and gutted out a 4th place finish. He also anchored the winning 4x400 relay team of John Puskar, Justin Asharin, and Brian Norte before bringing the Cardinals from 3rd to 2nd in the 4x200 with an impressive anchor leg. Other members of the 4x200 squad were Asharin, Puskar and Joe Mayer, running in place of the injured Avatus Stone.
Other notable performances were Kris Reynolds and Brian Norte finishing 1-2 in the 800 meter run, John Puskar finishing second in the 400 meters and Puskar and Asharin finishing 3-5 in the 200 meters. Additionally, Matt Wolfe finished 5th in the 55 meter hurdles and Kris Reynolds followed up his win in the 800 with a gutty 5th place run in the 3000 meters.
In the field events, The Cards were led by freshman Rich Koblewski taking second place in the Pole Vault in his debut meet for CUA. Freshman Andrew Holdt placed in all three of his jumping events, tying for 3rd in the High Jump, taking 5th in the triple jump and also placing 5th in the Long Jump. Throwers John Mason and Steve Prieur also both made the finals in both weight throw events with Mason scoring in the shot put with a 5th place finish.
The final point total for the squad was 124 putting them behind only the host LVC Dutchmen, but leading Middlesex, Widener, Stevens College and Kings College. The team now turns its attention to The Susquehanna Open, which takes place on February 7th in Selingsgrove, Pa. On the track next weekend the team has a primary goal of posting its fastest 4x400 time in the last 3 years, and qualifying that team for the East Coast Athletic Championships in March.