Three Royals Win Events as Men’s Track & Field Kicks Off Outdoor Slate at Golden Ram Invitational

Senior Mark Merli was one of three Royals to win events on Saturday as Scranton opened its outdoor season at West Chester.
Senior Mark Merli was one of three Royals to win events on Saturday as Scranton opened its outdoor season at West Chester.
Shane
McKeon
Zachary
Gutekunst
Mark
Merli

 

Results

WEST CHESTER, Pa. – The University of Scranton men's track & field team had three competitors win events on Saturday as the Royals opened the outdoor portion of its schedule on a cold and windy day at West Chester University's Golden Ram Collegiate Invitational on Saturday.

Freshman Shane McKeon (Royersford, Pa./Pope John Paul II) finished first in the 3,000 meter steeplechase, posting a winning time of 10:10.04 to finish more than a minute ahead of his closest competitor.

Junior Zachary Gutekunst (Ambler, Pa./Hatboro-Horsham) won the 5,000 meter run, pacing the field with a time of 16:04.00 while freshman Sean Connolly (Danbury, Conn./Immaculate) and sophomore Jack Patwell (East Greenbush, N.Y./Columbia) finished ninth and tenth in the race, respectively. 

Senior Mark Merli (Peckville, Pa./Valley View) won the long jump with a leap of 6.10 meters. 

Sophomore Matt Kinback (Factoryville, Pa./Lackawanna Trail) placed second in the 800 meter run, clocking in at 1:56.80 while freshman Nicholas Socci (Woodbury, N.Y./Syosset) finished 10th in the event. 

Freshman Phil Cocco (Hughestown, Pa./Pittston Area) brought home a fifth place result in the shot put, posting a mark of 12.39 meters.

In the 110 meter hurdles, freshman Brian Madden (Stony Point, N.Y. / North Rockland) finished sixth after crossing the stripe in 18.64.

Freshman Conor Nealon (Duryea, Pa./Holy Cross) was sixth in the javelin with a throw of 32.51 meters, finishing one place ahead of junior Patrick Donoghue (West Orange, N.J./Seton Hall Prep).

Sophomore Zachary Mead (Montrose, Pa./Montrose) brought home an eighth place result in the 1,500 meter run, clocking in at 4:19.85.

In the 100 meter dash, Merli and junior Keyser Leepier (Scranton, Pa./Scranton) both finished in 11.92 seconds, tying for ninth place overall. 

The Royals took fifth place in the 4x400 meter relay with a time of 3:39.39.

Scranton will compete in Susquehanna's Jim Thorpe Invitational next Saturday starting at 10 a.m. in Selinsgrove, Pa.

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