Landmark Announces Major Track & Field Award Winners

Landmark Announces Major Track & Field Award Winners

TOWSON, Md. –The seven Landmark outdoor track & field coaches made their major award selections immediately following the conclusion of this past weekend's championship meet.

Men's Track Athlete of the Year - John Spirk, Moravian College
Men's Field Athlete of the Year – Chris Petraskie, Susquehanna University
Men's Rookie of the Year – Ceejay Beckett, Catholic University of America

Women's Track Athlete of the Year – Sara Arbogast, Susquehanna University
Women's Field Athlete of the Year – Kylie Orndorf, Juniata College
Women's Rookie of the Year – Melissa Fitzgibbon, Elizabethtown College

Men's and Women's Coach of the Year – Jesse Baumann, Moravian College

Senior John Spirk capped off his career with three first-place finishes. Spirk captured the 400-meter dash for the first time in his career. He crossed the finish line with a time of 50.51, edging teammate Taylor Porter by 0.25 seconds. The senior shined in the 110 meter and 400-meter hurdles though, capturing the gold in each event. Spirk won both events all four years as a Greyhound. In the 110mH, he ran a 15.18 and ran a 56.17 in the 400MH. The Outdoor Track Athlete of the Year award is Spirk's second of his career.

A familiar name made a trip to the top of the podium for Susquehanna as junior Chris Petraskie earned two gold medals. In the high jump, the junior broke Moravian's Kahron Walkers record of 2.02 meters, set in 2015 with his height of 2.02 meters. He followed that performance up with a first-place finish in the triple jump, leaping his way to the gold at 13.43 meters. The junior earns his second straight Landmark Outdoor Field Athlete of the Year honor. He was also named the Indoor Field Athlete of the Year.

Sophomore CeeJa Beckett was named the Landmark Conference Rookie of the Year after strong performances across the two-day competition. In addition to his record-breaking gold medal finish yesterday, the Fredericksburg, Va. native also finished fourth in the men's high jump with a mark of 1.68m. Beckett is the first Cardinal to be named the conference Rookie of the Year.

Susquehanna's Sara Arbogast's name should sound familiar, as it should since the sophomore won four individual titles. She won the 100-meter dash (12.52), 200-meter dash (25.64), long jump (5.42m), and triple jump (11.19m). Arbogast is the third River Hawk to earn Track Athlete of the Year honors.

Juniata sent three individuals to the top of the podium. Faith Nichols won the 400-meter dash (1:00.21) while classmate Azia Kalil won the 10,000-meter run with her time of 38:43.71. Kylie Orndorf earned the gold medal in the javelin with her throw of 41.35 meters. Orndorf is the second Eagle to take home Field Athlete of the Year honors, joining Alissa Sellers (2016).

Melissa Fitzgibbon of Elizabethtown won the 5000-meter race and in the process, also set a new championship meet record. The freshman crossed the finish line with 17:51.48, breaking the record by two seconds. She also placed second in the 1500-meter race. She is the second Blue Jay to earn Rookie of the Year honors, joining Kelsey Brady (2015).

First Team All-Landmark honors are awarded to student-athletes who finish first at the Landmark Championships while second place finishers earn Second Team All-Landmark recognition. The full list of honorees is available below.

 

2019 Landmark Men's Outdoor Track & Field Awards
   

Men's Track
Athlete of the Year

Men's Field
Athlete of the Year
Men's Rookie
of the Year
Men's Coach
of the Year
John Spirk
Moravian
Chris Petraskie
Susquehanna
CeeJa Beckett 
Catholic

Jesse Baumann
Moravian

       
2019 Landmark Women's Outdoor Track & Field Awards
   
Women's Track
Athlete of the Year
Women's Field
Athlete of the Year
Women's Rookie
Athlete of the Year
Women's Coach
of the Year
Sara Arbogast
Susquehanna
Kylie Orndorf
Juniata
Melissa Fitzgibbons
Elizabethtown

Jesse Baumann
Moravian

 

  Men's First Team All-Landmark   Men's Second Team All-Landmark
100m Ean Mann Elizabethtown   So.   Hancock, Md.   Andrew Charway Scranton   So.   Irvington, N.J.
200m Sam Niles Elizabethtown   Fr.   Carlisle, Pa.    Ean Mann Elizabethtown   So.   Hancock, Md. 
400m John Spirk Moravian   Sr.   Bethlehem, Pa.   Taylor Porter Moravian   Fr.   Roselle, N.J. 
800m Matt Kinback Scranton   So.   Factoryville, Pa.     Justin Beasley-Turner Moravian   Jr.   Pottstown, Pa 
1500m Samuel Gerstenbacher Elizabethtown   Jr.   Pittsgrove, N.J.    Greg Jaindl Moravian   Jr.   Macungie, Pa 
5000m Samuel Gerstenbacher Elizabethtown   Jr.   Pittsgrove, N.J.    Greg Jaindl Moravian   Jr.   Macungie, Pa 
10000m Christopher Myers Elizabethtown   Jr.   Lancaster, Pa.    Liam Coverdale Elizabethtown   Jr.   Cherry Hill, N.J.
110mH John Spirk Moravian   Sr.   Bethlehem, Pa.   Derek Bosworth Elizabethtown   Jr.   Annville, Pa. 
400mH John Spirk Moravian   Sr.   Bethlehem, Pa.   Brenden Gardner Juniata   So.   Muncy, Pa. 
3000mSC Samuel Gerstenbacher Elizabethtown   Jr.   Pittsgrove, N.J.    Greg Jaindl Moravian   Jr.   Macungie, Pa 
4x100mR Elizabethtown (McMickens/Mann/Calabrese/Niles)   Susquehanna (Debastiani/White/McGuire/Shelton)
4x400mR Catholic (Maxwell/Binck/LaPointe/Pirozzi)   Susquehanna (White/Waiwada/McGuire/Petraskie)
High Jump Chris Petraskie Susquehanna   Jr.   Shamokin, Pa.    Tyler Stephenson Elizabethtown   Sr.   New Bloomfield, Pa. 
Pole Vault Keefer Goodspeed Susquehanna   Fr.   Watsontown, PA    Maxwell Schuman Moravian   Fr.   Hopatcong, N.J.  
Long Jump CeeJa Beckett Catholic   So.   Fredericksburg, Va.    Chris Petraskie Susquehanna   Jr.   Shamokin, Pa. 
Triple Jump Chris Petraskie Susquehanna   Jr.   Shamokin, Pa.    Curtis Reynolds Elizabethtown   Jr.   Orwigsburg, Pa. 
Shot Put Shane Mastro Moravian   So.   Middletown, N.J.    Ryan Harper Moravian   Jr.   Audubon, N.J. 
Discus Jonathan Anthony Moravian   Sr.   Palmerton, Pa.    Shane Mastro Moravian   So.   Middletown, N.J. 
Hammer Dylan Heisey Susquehanna   Jr.   Harrisburg, Pa.    Jonathan Anthony Moravian   Sr.   Palmerton, Pa.
Javelin Robert Marks Susquehanna   Jr.   Mt. Holly, N.J.    Colby Schalek Elizabethtown   Fr.   Woodnine, N.J.
                           
  Women's First Team All-Landmark   Women's Second Team All-Landmark
100m Sara Arbogast Susquehanna   So.   Selinsgrove, Pa.    Jordan Luciano Moravian   So.   Easton, Pa. 
200m Sara Arbogast   Susquehanna   So.   Selinsgrove, Pa.    Jordan Luciano Moravian   So.   Easton, Pa.
400m Faith Nichols Juniata   Sr.   Verona, Pa.    Morgan Weaver Moravian   So.   Bethlehem, Pa. 
800m Carly Danoski Moravian   Jr.   Clarks Summit, Pa.    Natalie Stabilito Moravian   Jr.   Gilbertsville, Pa. 
1500m Carly Danoski   Moravian   Jr.   Clarks Summit, Pa.    Melissa Fitzgibbon Elizabethtown   Fr.   Landenberg, Pa. 
5000m Melissa Fitzgibbon  Elizabethtown   Fr.   Landenberg, Pa.    Natalie Novotni Moravian   So.   Aston, Pa. 
10000m Azia Kalil Juniata   Jr.   Methuen, Mass.    Kaitlin Donahue Elizabethtown   So.   Sewell, N.J. 
100mH Jenevieve Eberly Moravian   So.   Quarryville, Pa.    Meadow Walshaw-Wertz Juniata   So.   Sunbury, Pa. 
400mH Alyssa Lambert Moravian   Fr.   Klingerstown, Pa.    Natalie Troy Catholic   So.   Centerport, N.Y.  
3000mSC Kiera Lyons Catholic   Sr.   Harwood, Md.   Azia Kalil Juniata   Jr.   Methuen, Mass. 
4x100mR Moravian (Osman/Weaver/Wheeler/Luciano)   Susquehanna (Emlet/Ross/Pietrini/Arbogast)
4x400mR Moravian (Osman/Weaver/Lambert/Danoski)   Susquehanna (Ross/Kleman/Pietrini/Arbogast)
High Jump Kelli Garriott Elizabethtown   Fr.   Hampstead, Md.     Caroline Banas Scranton   So.   Dallas, Pa. 
Pole Vault Ryleigh Edmonds Susquehanna   So.   Elizabethtown, Pa.    Karly Deam Elizabethtown   Sr.   Moorestown, N.J. 
Long Jump Sara Arbogast Susquehanna   So.   Selinsgrove, Pa.    Jordan Luciano Moravian   Sr.   Easton, Pa.
Triple Jump Sara Arbogast Susquehanna   So.   Selinsgrove, Pa.    Christina Ippolito Elizabethtown   So.   Oradell, N.J. 
Shot Put Andrea Galeano Catholic   Sr.   Stratford, Conn.     Taylor Gunter Goucher   Sr.   Laurel, Md.  
Discus Taylor Gunter Goucher   Sr.   Laurel, Md.   Leah Gamber Elizabethtown   Sr.   Hummelstown, Pa. 
Hammer Andrea Galeano Catholic   Sr.   Stratford, Conn.     Kylie Orndorf Juniata   Sr.   Milheim, Pa. 
Javelin Kylie Orndorf Juniata   Sr.   Milheim, Pa.    Saraly Gonzalez Juniata   Fr.   Stratford, N.J.