April 12, 2014

Lions Roar at the Ryan McCall UT Track Classic

Men's relay team takes 4x400 and Agyemang-Duah wins men's 800; Tancic 2nd in 5,000 

SAINT LEO, Fla. – The Saint Leo University men's and women's track team took the short drive to south Tampa on Saturday to take part in the Ryan McCall UT Track Classic at Pepin Stadium and had another solid showing. 

The Lions stood out in the men's 4x400-meter relay, the men's and women's 800-meter run, and the women's 5,000 meters. 

As a team, the Saint Leo men finished in first with a total of 42 points, five points ahead of Warner with 37. Tampa was third with 25 points and Flagler and Webber rounded out the top five with 20 and 19 points, respectively. 

The women finished fifth with 16 points. Webber was first with 75 and Tampa second with 68. Warner had 33 points good enough for third, and Florida Tech rounded out the top for with 19 points.

The 4x400-meter relay team of Herns Agyemang-Duah, Niclas Bez, Thomas Watson and James Mullin took first place breaking the tape in a time of 3:26.61. The Lions' "B" relay team, consisting of Steven Brown, Carl Dunne, Valentin Lenz and Patrick Hill, took fifth in a time of 3:43.70. 

Agyemang-Duah, competing in his first year track at any level, won the 800-meter run with a time of 1:53.23, more than a second ahead of the second place competitor from the University of Tampa. 

Joining Agyemang-Duah in the top 10 of the 800, was Bez taking third with a time of 1:54.96, and Mullin in sixth with a time of 1:58.03. Dunne rounds out the quartet in the top 10 finishing seventh with a time of 1:59.10.

Also competing in the 800-meters was Lenz taking 12th in a time of 2:02.60, and Brown crossing the finish line in 17th place with a time of 2:05.73. 

In the women's 800-meter run, Andrea Maxwell took second place in a time of 2:22.43. Shelby Adams was 12th in 2:34.71 and Kylie Fagan finished in 14th with a time of 2:36.68. 

In the women's 5,000-meter run Jelena Tancic had an impressive showing finishing in second with a time of 18:01.71. In addition, Elyse Snyder took 20th in 22:28.87, and Allison Knipe was 22nd posting a time of 23:14.97.

In other men's action, in the men's 5,000-meter run, Rafal Matuszczak took third in a time of 15:38.03. Kevin Papac finished 35th with a time of 17:26.62, and Matthew Basin finished in 39th in 18:24.32. 

The Lions also had six runners take part in the 1,500-meter run with Lenz leading the pack in 4:10.13, good enough eighth place. Brown took 12th in a time of 4:09.00, and Rafael Lohner broke the tape in 14th with a time of 4:17.76.

Kyle Vanburen was 21st with a time of 4:29.43, Hill took 25th in 4:32.57 and Adam Urbaniak ran a time of 4:38.77 for 27th.

In the men's 400-meter dash, Watson was the lone competitor finishing in 12th in a time of 52.84. 

Gabe Keown ran in the 200-meter dash and finished 31st with a time of 25.95. 

On the women's side in the 1,500-meter run, Kylie Fagan finished in 10th with a time of 5:20.60 and Grace Lederer was close behind in 12th with a time of 5:28.79. Anet Milian was 14th finishing in 5:36.34, and Lee Ann Atuna ran the race in a time of 5:59.10 to finish 21st

The Lions will return to action on Saturday, April 19 when they take part in the Tom Jones Classic at the University of Florida's Percy Beard track Facility in Gainesville. 

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