Coaches Select Evans as Landmark's Outstanding Rookie

Coaches Select Evans as Landmark's Outstanding Rookie

Freshman Places Second in Two Dashes, Shares Third in High Jump

SELINSGROVE, Pa. — Goucher's Will Evans III (Baltimore, Md./Overlea) placed second in two events and in a three-way tie for third in another event today at the 2010 Landmark Conference Indoor Track & Field Championships, plus he was on a relay that finished in fifth place.

There was one event, however, in which he was declared the winner: balloting for Rookie of the Year.

The conference's six head coaches picked Evans as the outstanding first-year performer at today's meet after he single-handedly picked up 20 points for the Gophers in the three individual events in which he was entered. He earned eight points for his second-place effort in the 55-meter dash, which he concluded in :06.69, and another eight points as runner-up in the 200-meter dash, where he broke the indoor school record with his time of :23.25.

Evans secured four points for sharing third place with Mike Blenk from Moravian and Stephen Drosdick from Susquehanna in the high jump. All three went out at 5-feet, 10-inches.

The freshman also ran the final leg on Goucher's 4 x 400-meter relay that took fifth place. Steven Tenure (Sudbury, Mass./Lincoln-Sudbury), Phelan Shea (Cambridge, Mass./Oliverian School) and Adam Scipione (Walpole, Mass./Walpole) also ran ahead of Evans; the combined time of the four runners was 3:40.74.

Goucher's 4 x 800-meter and distance medley relays also finished in fifth place. In the 4 x 800, the quartet of Nick Manta (North Wales, Pa./Abington Friends School), Owen Lehmer (Freeport, Maine/Freeport), Andrew Gethins (Yorktown, N.Y./Lakeland) and Zach Martin (Victor, N.Y./Victor Central) were clocked at 9:23.96; in the distance medley, Manta, Tenure Shea and Martin turned in a combined time of 11:42.54.

Mark Renehan (Finksburg, Md./Westminster) and Chris Litz (Bel Air, Md./John Carroll) contributed two points to Goucher's final team score by placing fifth in an individual event. For Renahan, it was in the weight throw where he broke the indoor school record with an effort of 39-feet, 10.75-inches, and for Litz, it was in the pole vault where he successfully cleared 13-feet, 11.25-inches.

Although he placed ninth in the event, Scipione did run the fastest mile in the history of Goucher's indoor track and field program. His time: 4:44.40.

The Gophers finished in fourth place in the team scoring with 30 points, ahead of Catholic (24 points) and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy (6).