Ten Presidents Set To Compete At ECAC Indoor Track & Field Championships
Washington, Pa. -- Nine Washington & Jefferson College track & field athletes have qualified for the ECAC Division III Championships and will compete at the New York City Armory on Friday and Saturday.
Junior Cheyenne Mangold (Boerne, Texas/Texas Military Institute) and sophomore Kristen Galligan (Frederick, Md./Governor Thomas Johnson) lead the W&J women as both will be competing in three events. Galligan earned a spot in the 5,000 meter race after breaking her own school record with a time of 17:20.04 at the Kent State Last Chance Meet on Feb. 16. Galligan’s time is the 14th-lowest among all Division III runners this winter. She will also take part in the mile run, while Mangold will be running a pair of sprints, the 200 and 400 meter races. Mangold owns the top time in school history in both events and is also looking to earn a spot at the NCAA Championships.
Galligan will be joined by junior Meghan Poinsett (Salem, N.J./Salem) and freshmen Kaleigh Gallagher (East Aurora, N.Y./Iroquois Central) and Keri Reeves (Calimesa, Calif./Yucaipa) in the distance medley relay.
Record-setting freshman Brittney Traynor (Pittsburgh, Pa./North Hills) qualified for the 60-meter dash after setting new W&J benchmarks during each of her first three competitions. Traynor most recently set the school record after claiming the 60-yard dash title in a time of 8.04 seconds at the Presidents’ Athletic Conference Invitational on Feb. 22.
Junior Jared Jones (Glenshaw, Pa./Shaler) will run in the men’s 60-yard dash after he also sprinted to a first-place showing at the conference meet (7.07 seconds) in school-record fashion.
Senior Scott Ryan (Williamsville, N.Y./Williamsville East) broke his own school record in the 5,000 meters and will make his first career appearance at the ECAC Indoor Championships.
The Presidents will have a pair of competitors in the shot put competitions as senior Gavin Donathan (Hurricane, W. Va./Hurricane) is the Presidents’ men’s qualifier and junior Harley Straub (Richfield, Pa./Juniata) earned a spot in the women’s event.