Presidents’ Track & Field Looking To Repeat Success In 2012
WASHINGTON, Pa. -- As the indoor season winds down, the Washington & Jefferson College track & field teams are eager to open the 2012 outdoor season.
First-year Head Coach Shawn Marek inherits a women’s team coming off its third PAC title in the last six years.
Senior C.J. Corcoran (Harleysville, Pa./Souderton) is the defending PAC Field Most Valuable Player. She claimed the conference championship in the javelin throw and was the runner-up in the high jump. Corcoran became just the second W&J female field athlete to compete at the NCAA Division III Championships, where she finished 16th in the javelin (130’9”). She is also an All-PAC swimmer for the Presidents during the winter.
Sophomore Cheyenne Mangold (Boerne, Texas/Texas Military Institute) earned a pair of league championships as a member of the 4x100 and 4x400 squads. She also picked up a second-place finish in the 400-meter dash and third in the 200-meter dash. This winter, Mangold qualified to compete in the 400 and 500-meter races at ECAC Indoor Championships.
Joining Mangold on the 2011 PAC Champion 4x100 team was sophomore Laura Lee (Spartansburg, Pa./Titusville), while classmate Meghan Poinsett (Salem, N.J./Salem) helped the 4x400 team to the conference title. Poinsett also finished second in the 400-meter hurdles and will be racing in the 500-meter dash at the ECAC Indoor Championships.
Senior Taylor Thompson (Greensburg, Pa./Latrobe) also returns after finishing second in the triple jump at the PAC Championships last year with a leap of 34 feet, while freshman Kristen Galligan (Frederick, Md./Governor Thomas Johnson) will look to continue her standout rookie year after she became the first W&J female cross country runner to compete at the NCAA Division III Championship.
The W&J men’s team is coming off a second place showing in 2011 after winning the PAC team title the previous year. The Presidents return four athletes who won a combined six individual championships last season.
Junior Scott Ryan (Williamsville, N.Y./Williamsville East) ran to a pair of first-place finishes in the 5,000 and 10,000 meters and was selected as the 2011 PAC Track MVP. He also took second in the 1,500-meter race and became the first W&J men’s cross country runner to participate in the NCAA Division III Championship.
Senior Taylor Hockman (Martinsburg, W. Va./Hedgesville) was also a double winner at the PAC Championships. He was victorious in the long jump and triple jump, while also placing third in the 200-meter dash. He was the 2011 PAC Field MVP as well as the conference’s overall MVP overall MVP/High Point Award winner.
Senior Bryant Wang (Sudbury, Mass./Lincoln-Sudbury) returns as the defending 110-meter hurdle champion, while classmate Greg French (Buffalo, N.Y./Williamsville East) was the top finisher in the 400 hurdles. French also took second in the 110 hurdles and third in the triple jump.
Junior Benjamin Kopchick (Clarksburg, Pa./Saltsburg) will be looking to improve on a pair of top-three times in the steeplechase and the 10,000-meter run.
The W&J track & field teams will open the 2012 at the Wake Forest Open on Mar. 3-4 before hosting the Washington & Jefferson Invitational on Mar. 31.