SELINSGROVE, Pa. – The University of Scranton men's track & field team enjoyed a number of outstanding performances on Saturday at the S.U. Challenge hosted by Susquehanna University.
Senior Mark Merli (Peckville, Pa./Valley View) had a pair of strong performances to lead the Royals, finishing in the top-10 in both the long jump and the triple jump. Merli placed sixth in the long jump with a leap of 6.38 meters while tying for ninth in the triple jump with a mark of 12.24 meters. Both of Merli's efforts were also top-10 Landmark Conference marks for the season.
Senior Andrew Charway (Irvington, N.J./Christ the King Prep) set a new personal record in the 60 meter dash, posting a time of 7.36 seconds in the preliminary round, missing out on the finals by just .04 seconds. Charway also finished 18th in the 200 meter dash after crossing the line in 24.73 seconds.
Freshman Phil Cocco (Hughestown, Pa./Pittston Area) set a personal record in the weight throw with a toss of 12.97 meters which was good for 14th in the field. Cocco's mark was 1.5 meters better than his previous personal best and was the sixth-best throw in the Landmark Conference this season. Cocco also finished 20th in the shot put with a heave of 11.51 meters.
Junior Maxwell Greene (Brewster, N.Y./Brewster) moved into the top-15 in the Landmark Conference in the 3,000 meter run, finishing 17th with a personal record time of 9:26.97.
The Royals finished seventh in the 4x200 meter relay as senior Connor Sharp (Gaithersburg, Md./Gonzaga College H.S.), freshman Josiah Marquez (Bronx, N.Y./Fordham Preparatory School), junior Keyser Leepier (Scranton, Pa./Scranton), and Merli combined for a time of 1:42.87.
Scranton will head to Carlisle, Pa. next Sunday to compete in the DuCharme Invitational hosted by Dickinson College starting at 10 a.m.