Centre men's track team uses depth to win Sewanee meet

April 04, 2004

The Centre College men's track team got points from two or more athletes in seven different events Saturday to win the Mountain Laurel Relays at Sewanee, Tenn.

Centre won two events, setting a new school record in one of them, as it outscored 13 other schools. The Colonels racked up 121 points, 51 more than runner-up Clayton State.

"It shows the depth that we have to win a meet of this caliber by that much," Centre coach Lisa Owens said.

Centre broke a school record in the seldom-contested sprint medley relay, an 800-meter race in which the first two runners cover 100 each, the third runs 200 and the fourth runs 400. The team of Sean Smith, David Crowley, James Booker and Ryan New finished in 1 minute, 33.64 seconds.


New also won the 100 dash.

The Centre women finished fifth among 14 teams with 30 points.

Eileen Schilling gave the women's team its only event win with a victory in the 5,000 run with a time of 18:12.26.

"We had a good day; we didn't have our best day," Owens said. "We have areas that we can improve in and will improve in, but we want to have our best day in three weeks (at the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference championships)."


At Terre Haute, Ind., Centre opened Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference play with a pair of losses to Rose-Hulman, falling 6-4 and 3-2.

Junior Marjorie Pilkinton had a big day at the plate for Centre (10-7) with three home runs and six RBIs, but the Colonels couldn't stop Rose-Hulman from producing key runs.

"She was our true leader today," Centre coach Wendie Austin-Robinson said. "She was just truly outstanding for us."

Pilkinton hit two home runs in her first two at-bats to account for Centre's run in the first game, but Rose-Hulman scored three times in the bottom of the sixth to erase Centre's 4-3 lead.

The second game went nine innings.

Men's Tennis

Centre lost 5-2 to Indiana-Southeast at New Albany, Ind., and 4-3 to Oglethorpe on Saturday at home.

Jason Roedig and Dan Schmidt won singles matches for Centre against IUS, and the only doubles win came from the No. 3 team of Chase Coyle and Dan Makela.

On Saturday, Centre swept all three doubles matches.

Women's Tennis

Centre lost 8-1 to Indiana-Southeast at New Albany, Ind., and 6-3 to Oglethorpe on Saturday at home.

Nicole Dukes and Jackie Deal teamed up in doubles to give Centre its only win against IUS, while the Colonels got singles wins against Oglethorpe from Abby Barbiche, Laura Walters and Candace Davis.

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