Wagner, Morgan earn All-America status
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Shippensburg University redshirt-junior Abby Wagner, an Altoona Area High School graduate, earned her second consecutive All-America First Team classification in the triple jump on Friday to highlight the second day of competition at the 2018 NCAA Division II Outdoor Track & Field Championships at the Irwin Belk Complex on the campus of Johnson C. Smith University.
Wagner placed eighth in the triple jump with a top mark of 40 feet, 3.75 inches (12.27 meters) that came on her sixth and final attempt. To reach the finals, Wagner needed an improved mark on her third attempt and she did so — leaping 40 feet, 0.5 inches (12.20 meters) to move from 10th position into eighth. Overall on the day, Wagner recorded four 12-meter jumps and a fifth that was just two centimeters from the 12-meter mark. She remains one of two SU All-Americans in history in the event along with Hall of Famer Tunisia Lacy (sixth in 2003, seventh in 2004, third in 2005).
Wagner placed seventh last season on a top mark of 41 feet, 2.5 inches (12.56 meters), which remains her personal best mark to date. Her performance Friday was just six inches shy of her 2018 season best (40 feet, 9.5 inches) that was achieved at home at the Paul Kaiser Classic.
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Penn State’s Hannah Mulhern, an Altoona Area High School graduate, finished 16th in the women’s pole vault in the NCAA East Preliminary Round Friday at the USF Track & Field Stadium.
Mulhern, the co-school-record holder, cleared a height of 13-4.5. After clearing 13-4.5, Mulhern had three attempts at a school-record height of 13-8.5, but was unable to clear the bar.
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Altoona Area High School graduate J.P. Duffy, a freshman golfer at Saint Vincent College, was selected to the Presidents’ Athletic Conference Golf Sportsmanship Team.
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Hollidaysburg’s Greg Morgan turned in an All-America performance and buoyed the Haverford College men’s outdoor track and field team on the final day of competition at the NCAA Division III Track & Field championships on Saturday in La Crosse, Wis.
Morgan crossed in the top eight, and the Fords finished tied for 38th overall with eight points.
Morgan notched a seventh-place finish in the 1,500-meter final. The junior finished in a time of 3:55.45, returning to the podium after also earning All-America designation in the indoor mile earlier this year.
Morgan got out to a brief lead in the event and was in strong contention for the national title until a late push from Issaac Garcia-Cassani of SUNY Geneseo and Jeremy Hernandez of Ramapo separated the pair from the pack.
Morgan, who entered with the fourth-fastest seed time, became Haverford’s first All-American in the distance since Charlie Marquardt took home back-to-back top-eight finishes in the 2015 and 2016.