Freshman Steven Heinbaugh captured the win in the decathlon to lead the Gettysburg College men’s track and field team on the second day of the Centennial Conference Outdoor Championship on Saturday at Muhlenberg College.
Heinbaugh, a Fairfield High School graduate, completed the decathlon with the last five events Saturday and finished with a personal record (PR) of 5,318, which is also now the sixth-best outdoor mark at Gettysburg. On Saturday, he posted his highest point total (709) in the final event, clocking a 4:35.53 in the 1,500-meter run. He also scored 708 points in the 400-meter dash with a time of 52.39. Coming into today’s event, he made up more than 200 plus points to capture the top spot in the decathlon.
Junior Sam Sheldon grabbed the bronze medal in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, shaving off 11.40 off his previous PR to clock a 9:28.44 time. He remains third all-time on the outdoor top-10 list at Gettysburg.
The Bullets earned team points from four other events by virtue of their top-eight finishes. Junior Ken Barnes placed fifth in the long jump, leaping a new PR of 22-05.75 to move him into sixth all-time at Gettysburg. The 4x800-meter relay team of senior Alex Petrecca, sophomore Jack Kenyon, sophomore Dylan McKeever and Sheldon claimed fifth-place with a time of 8:00.18, which is now the ninth fastest mark at Gettysburg. Senior Mike Cortese tallied sixth-place in the discus, throwing 123-00, while freshman Corey Palazzolo claimed seventh-place in the high jump (5-10.75).
In the preliminary events, four Bullets qualified for Sunday’s finals in four different events. Sophomore Nicholas Grissinger placed second in the 400-meter hurdles (56.73), Petrecca tallied fourth in the 800-meter run (1:55.97), senior Thad Cwiklinski registered fifth in the 400-meter dash (51.15, and sophomore E.J.Fernandez took eighth in the 100-meter dash (11.38, new PR).
WOMEN’S TENNIS: All good things come to an end and for the Gettysburg College women’s tennis, that end came in the semifinals of the Centennial Conference Championship as host and 14th-ranked Johns Hopkins University came away with a 5-0 victory on Saturday.
Making its first appearance in the CC semifinals, Gettysburg (12-8) wasn’t able to take down the 12-time defending champs as Johns Hopkins (16-3) marched on to the championship game for the 13th-consecutive campaign. The Blue Jays swept doubles play with Gettysburg’s senior tandem of Maddie Class and Maria Martinovic closing their collegiate careers with an 8-3 setback at No. 2.
Johns Hopkins sealed the victory with two 6-0, 6-0 sweeps at second and sixth singles. The teams did not finish out singles play with the team outcome already decided.
Gettysburg closed the campaign with its best win total in 21 years. The Bullets made their first postseason appearance of any kind in three decades and scored the program’s first victory with a 5-4 decision over Franklin & Marshall College in the first round.
Individually, Class and Martinovic ended their collegiate careers on high notes. Class won a combined 23 matches this season and finished with 40 total wins in her career. Martinovic finished fifth in program history with 68 total wins with 34 each in singles and doubles play. She is tied for fifth at Gettysburg in career doubles victories.