CM grad Moyer headlines record-breaking day for LHU

Former CM grad and LHU athlete Laurel Moyer set two school records for the LHU Women’s in door track and field team.

FROM STAFF REPORTS

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Standout Laurel Moyer (Lock Haven, Pa./Central Mountain) made it 2 for 2 in school record-breaking performances this weekend to headline a solid two days of action for the Lock Haven University women’s indoor track & field team at the two-day National Mid-Major Invitational hosted by Youngstown State University.

Moyer, who smashed the school record Friday at 1,000 meters, turned in another record-breaking effort to open Day 2 action earlier Saturday. This time, Moyer topped the 54-runner field in the mile with a school-record time of 5:05.11. Moyer’s mark topped the previous school record (5:07.11; 2009) by two full seconds. The Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) qualifying time currently sits as the second-fastest time run by any PSAC female runner this season in the mile.

On Friday night, Moyer set the new standard in the 1,000-meter run. She dipped under the 3-minute mark and ran 2:58.38. Moyer was second overall in the race and the top NCAA Division II finisher in the 21-runner field. The previous school record was 3:01.48 (2009).

Rookie sprint sensation Riyana Owens (Red Lion, Pa./Dallastown) was the top DII finisher in the 60-meter dash. She was third overall with another fast PSAC time of 7.82.

Owens came back and added an 11th-place finish in the 200-meter dash with a PSAC mark of 26.25.

At 3,000 meters, distance-standout Cadie Kiser (Chambersburg, Pa./Chambersburg) placed fourth in a strong field. She hit a PSAC championship qualifying time of 10:35.56.

In the 60-meter hurdles, both Rashana Tompkins (Bethlehem, Pa./Liberty) and Billie Jo Bollinger (Manheim, Pa./Manheim Central) hit PSAC championship qualifying marks. Tompkins was ninth overall with a time of 9.32 and Bollinger was 15th with a time of 9.60.

Kayla Brathwaite (Arouca, Trinidad and Tobago/Bishop Anstey East) ran a PSAC qualifying time in the 400-meter dash. She was 12th overall with a time of 60.60. Morgan Sutton (Stevensville, Pa./Wyalusing Valley) just missed a PSAC mark with a solid outing of 1:03.76 (30th).

Bollinger, a freshman, also turned in a very respectable performance in the pentathlon with 2,676 points.

Along with Moyer’s school record in the 1,000 last night, another notable effort came from thrower Arianna Moyer (Enola, Pa./Bucknell). She was ninth in the weight throw with a PSAC mark of 42-09.75.

LHU will return to action on Friday, February 8 at the Fasttrack National Invitational at the Ocean Breeze Athletic Complex in State Island, New York.

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