By Doug Spatafore
December 6, 2012
Sean Harper (Lumberton, N.J./Rancocas Valley) and Mark Manno (Lebanon, Pa./Cedar Crest) both recorded NCAA qualifying marks to the lead the Lock Haven University men’s indoor track & field teams as the Bald Eagles opened the season Saturday at the Bucknell Bison Opener.
Harper was second overall and the top collegian in the 400 meter dash. His time of 50.02 is a NCAA qualifying time and is currently the second-fastest time run so far this season in all of Division II. Manno was second in the weight throw with a NCAA mark of 58-00.5.
The Bald Eagles were tough at 800 meters and recorded a trio of PSAC marks. Jack Felt (Warminster, Pa./Council Rock North) was third overall with a time of 1:58.47. Michael Doyle (Holland, Pa./Council Rock South) and Justin Elchynski (North East, Pa./North East) were fifth and eighth with times of 1:59.28 and 2:00.15, respectively.
Mitch Miller (Morrisville, N.Y./Morrisville-Eaton) was third in the 5K with a sensational early-season time of 15:20.83.
Paul Stults (Glenolden, Pa./Interboro) recorded a personal-best and PSAC qualifying mark in the high jump after clearing, 6-6.25.
Lock Haven will return to action next weekend. The majority of the Lock Haven roster will compete at Friday’s (Dec. 7) Fast Times at Lehigh meet, while a number of athletes will also travel to Edinboro’s Mike Kowal Indoor Multi (Friday & Saturday, Dec. 7-8).