February 3, 2013

Statesmen claim five wins at Cornell Invite

William Penn University

MOUNT VERNON — The William Penn men’s indoor track and field squad will be going into next week’s league championships on a hot streak after a strong showing at the Cornell Hilltop Invitational Saturday.

William Penn placed third out of 10 teams with 72 points, while Dubuque won the team title with 98 points.

Gabriel Green led the way with wins in the 60-meter (6.95 seconds) and 200-meter dashes (22.66 seconds). He was also second in the 400-meter dash with a time of 51.65 seconds.

Yanni Gallagher competed in just one event, but put his mark on the record books by winning the one-mile run race with a program-record time of 4:33.73.

Alex Edwards, with a time of 1:56.82 in the 800-meter run, and Jalen Wilson, with a long jump of 23-4.5, were also champions Saturday.

Frederick Pannell earned bronze in the triple jump (43-3) as did the 4x400-meter relay team (3:29.32).

Trevor Volz was the sixth person to cross the finish line in the 60-meter hurdles at 9.14 seconds, while Blake Washington was also sixth in the 800-meter run at 2:03.44.

Seventh-place finishes were recorded by Stepfon Williams in the 400-meter dash (52.76 seconds) and Bryndon Douglas in the long jump (19-9.5).

Van Love-Scott, Kenbea Walker and Nick Thomas were also top-10 placers. Love-Scott was ninth in the triple jump at 38-3.5, Walker was 10th in the 400-meter dash at 53.80 seconds, and Thomas was 10th in the 800-meter run at 2:05.16.

“I thought we could have done better today, but on the flip side, we competed very well,” Penn coach Allen Friesen said. “I told our athletes we will have to bring our ‘A’ game next week for next week’s conference meet.”

William Penn travels to Sterling, Ill., next Saturday to compete in the Midwest Collegiate Conference Championships.