Men’s Track & Field Breaks Records at Landmark Championships

Chris Petraskie set a new Landmark record in the high jump at the conference championships
Chris Petraskie set a new Landmark record in the high jump at the conference championships

Chris Petraskie broke the meet and conference record in the high jump while Matthew Gass broke the meet and conference records in the 200m dash Saturday leading the Susquehanna University Men's Track and Field team to a second place finish in the 2017 Landmark Conference Championship meet at the James W. Garrett Sports Complex in Selinsgrove.

Petraskie was voted the Male Field Athlete of the Year and Gass was named Co-Male Track Athlete of the Year in the special awards announced at the conclusion of the meet.

Moravian won the team title with 152 points and Susquehanna was second (115 points). Elizabethtown was a close third (112) followed by Juniata (65), Catholic (60) and Goucher (22).

Petraskie won two events placing first in the high jump and triple jump and also finished second in the long jump. He cleared a record height of 6' 8" (2.03 meters) in the high jump and had a 13.37-meter (43' 10.5") winning leap in the triple jump. In the Long Jump he was second, Rakee Cromwell was third and Robert Marks was fourth for the River Hawks.

Gass nearly pulled off the double victory. After winning the 400-meter dash in a record 49.98 becoming the first Landmark athlete to beat the 50-second threshold, he narrowly missed first in the 200 with a time of 22.44 finishing just .02 seconds behind the top finisher.

Armond Owens had an even closer finish in the 60-meter dash. His finish was a virtual tie and only after close examination was it determined that Owens was second by .003 (7.015 to 7.012).

Ciaran Fisher was second in the mile and Joshua Brown was second in the shot out for the River Hawks and third place finishers included Victor Gonzalez who was third in the 60-metere hurdles and the Distance Medley Relay with Torin McFarland, Steven Rivlin, Gustin Reynolds and Peter Lynch.

John DeLuca was fourth in the pole vault and Ryan Bertsch was fourth in the weight throw. Kyle Skelton had an impressive pair of races as he took fifth in both the 3K and 5K races. In the 3K, he was .002 out of fourth place and in the 5K, he was fifth by just 1.8 seconds.