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Track: Lock Haven University Bald Eagles dominate the field at the Utica Invitational

(LHU ATHLETICS) Lock Haven University’s runners took first place in the 4x200 relay on Saturday.

UTICA, N.Y. – Led by double-winner Laurel Moyer (Lock Haven, Pa./Central Mountain), the Lock Haven University women’s indoor track & field team put together an around dominating effort and the Bald Eagles headlined the Utica College Blue & Orange Invitational field Saturday with individual wins, 2019-20 Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) championship qualifying marks, season-bests and more.

Moyer won the mile and 3,000-meter run and capped her two wins with a fourth-place finish at 800 meters. Riyana Owens (Red Lion, Pa./Dallastown) posted a win at 60 meters, Karina Long (Hummelstown, Pa./Lower Dauphin) won the long jump and the Bald Eagles 4×200-meter relay turned in a historic outing.

LHU’s historic relay effort in the 4×2 opened the day. Owens and Long teamed up with Ana Concepcion (Allentown, Pa./Louis E. Dieruff) and Kayla Brathwaite (Arouca, Trinidad & Tobago/Bishop Anstey East), and the four ran 1:46.37 for the win, besting second place by four seconds and topping the seven-team field with the third-fastest time in Lock Haven history. It was the fastest time run by the Bald Eagles in nearly two decades.

Moyer won the mile with a time of 5:21.53, a PSAC mark. She was first of 24 in the race and won by nearly eight full seconds. She was fourth in the 800 with a season-best and PSAC time of 2:20.98, before winning the 3K with a PSAC time of 10:25.59, capping a remarkable triple. Moyer’s time in the 3K is one of the fastest in the PSAC this season and she won Saturdayday by 23 seconds.

Long won the long jump with a PSAC and season-best leap of 18-04.25. She was first of 41, before adding a second-place jump in the triple jump. In the triple jump event, she hit a mark of 36-08.50, a season-best and PSAC effort.

Owens won the 60-meter dash with a time of 7.84. The time established a new facility record and the PSAC time was just shy of her season-best. She ran 7.88 in the prelims. Owens, a key member of the Bald Eagles historic day-opening relay effort, was busy and she added a strong showing in the 200. At 200 meters, Owens was fourth with a PSAC time of 26.42.

Lock Haven scored big in the 5,000-meter run and the 500-meter run. Elaina Klinger (Danville, Pa./Danville) ran 19:27.23 in the 5K, which was good enough for third out of 26 and a season-best. Karlee Noel (Altoona, Pa./Altoona) was eighth in the 5K with a time of 19:49.43.

At 500 meters, Tia Judy (East Prospect, Pa./Homeschooled) was sixth (1:27.15) and Josie McKendree (Johnstown, Pa./Forest Hills) was seventh (1:27.70).

Arianna Moyer (Enola, Pa./Bucknell) was fifth overall in the weight throw with a big season-best mark of 46-03.25.

Billie Jo Bollinger (Manheim, Pa./Manheim) added a sixth-place showing in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 9.70, a PSAC time. In the prelims, she ran 9.57.

Lock Haven tallied 91.5 total points Saturday, the second most of any team in the 23 team women’s field.

Up Next:

LHU will be back in action next weekend – Friday & Saturday, February 14-15 – competing at the Fasttrack National Invitational (Ocean Breeze Athletic Complex in Staten Island, New York) and Boston University’s David Hemery Valentine Invite.

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