An Accomplished Season for Track and Field

As the Men’s and Women’s Track and Field teams travel to the ECAC championships, the Frostburg community holds high hopes they will bring victory back home.

Just a week ago, NCAA Division III athletes were recognized for their hard work and 2016 Indoor Championship accomplishments.

The FSU Bobcats competed at the 2016 Indoor Track and Field Championship, Sunday Feb. 21st. The men’s team finished in fifth place overall as the lady Bobcats took sixth place.

Along with JR Lowery setting some records, sophomore Collin Schultz was just short of receiving All-CAC honors after winning third place in the high jump with a height of 1.93 meters (6ft. 4in.). The 4×400 meter relay team finished with fifth place in a time of 3:31.97 followed by the distance medley team finishing in sixth with a time of 11:20.28.

Kayla Truesdel led the lady Bobcats as she set a new records for one of her events. Along with Truesdel was sophomore Destiny Logan, who took seventh in the 400-meter dash; she ran her season’s best of 1:01.41. The women’s 4×4 assisted the men coming in fifth place; they finished with a time of 4:21.96 followed by the women’s distance medley finishing sixth as well with a time of 15:38.61.

The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) announced on Tuesday morning that Frostburg senior thrower JR Lowery was named the NCAA Division III Men’s National Athlete of the Week.

Lowery broke the Frostburg record in the shot put for the third time this season, but also improved on his CAC Indoor record and set the CAC Championship meet record with a toss of 17.00 meters (55ft. 9.25in.). The throw captured the CAC title, was a personal-best, covering both indoor and outdoor seasons, and is Division III’s fourth longest throw this season. He also added another CAC Championship and broke his own school record in the weight throw at 16.55 meters (54ft. 3.75in.).

With repetition and hard work, he qualified for the ECAC Indoor Championships in both events, and both wins earned him First Team All-CAC honors.

However, not be forgotten, Kayla Truesdel captured First Team All-CAC honors in the 200-meter dash and grabbed All-Conference Second-Team honors in the 60-meter dash following her efforts at the 2015-16 CAC Indoor Championships.

Truesdel locked down the first-team award after winning the 200 in 25.73, setting a new CAC meet and CAC Indoor Championship record. Her time also qualified her for the ECAC Championships in the 200 for the fourth-consecutive meet.

Lowery and Truesdel have been on fire this season qualifying for Championships, breaking school records, and steadily improving the Frostburg Track and Field Athletics.

The Frostburg community thanks Kayla Tuesdel and RJ Lowery for the dedication and direction under their leadership during this award-winning season. Reflecting on their hard work this indoor season, Frostburg appreciates the student athletes that place major accomplishments on and off the field.

The team will travel to Ocean Breeze Park in Staten Island, N.Y., March 3-4 for the ECEC Championships.

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