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