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Connors Places Second in Pentathlon; School Records Continue to Fall in Track and Field’s Second Meet of Indoor Season  

Connors Places Second in Pentathlon; School Records Continue to Fall in Track and Field’s Second Meet of Indoor Season   

COLLEGEVILLE, Pa. – Koy Connors placed second in the pentathlon to highlight a day in which multiple University of the Sciences indoor track and field school records were broken on Saturday at Ursinus' Frank Colden Invitational. 

Connors became USciences' first-ever competitor in the pentathlon, placing in the top-half of the field of nine in four-of-five events, including winning the shot put with a school-record and collegiate-best toss of 9.93m, en route to finishing second out of nine competitors with 2,528 points. He also set a collegiate-best in the high jump, 1.64m, to place second. 

Christina Holmes set two school records on the day, placing in the top-eight of deep fields in both the 60m and 200m. 

She first broke her own school record in the 60m to qualify seventh out of 50 in the 60m prelims with a time of 8.00, before running an 8.01 in the final to place eighth. In the 200m, her school-record time of 27.19 put her sixth out of 49.  

The men's 200m school record also fell after Macniel Mandeh ran a 23.55 to finish eighth out of 53. 

Mandeh, who broke the school record in the 60m last week, also placed seventh out of 53 in the 400m (52.83) and 15th out of 51 in the 60m (7.34). 

Alton McKenley broke the school record in the 400m with a time of 52.61 to place fifth in the 400m. With a 23.78, he was also in the top-third of the field in the 200m.  

The last school record to fall was the women's 3000m, where Gabrielle Moss crossed in 12:06.93. Running track for the first time for USciences, the All-CACC cross country performer also placed 13th out of 37 in the mile. 

Collegiate-bests set on the day included William Hallinan (mile), Paige Jacobs (mile), Matthew Connolly (3000m) and Chloe Georges (shot put).

Hallinan and Georges placed in the top-third of their fields in the process, with Hallinan recording a time of 4:39.99 to place 19 out of 65, while Georges' mark of 10.19m was good for 15th out of 48. 

Notably, Matthew Weiner ran a season-best of 26.42 in the 200m, while Abdallah Elbready ran a season-best of 1:05.30 in the 400m.

University of the Sciences is back in action this Friday, Feb. 8 at the FastTrack national Invitational at Ocean Breeze Athletic Complex on Staten Island. 


USciences Results (Men's Unless Noted)


15. Macniel Mandeh – 7.34

34. Eric Papazian – 7.85

51. Abdallah Elbready – 8.67

Women's 60m Prelims

7. Christina Holmes – 8.00 (school record) 

Women's 60m Final

8. Christina Holmes – 8.01 


8. Macniel Mandeh – 23.55 (school record)

16. Alton McKenley – 23.78

30. Eric Papazian – 24.86

48. Matthew Weiner – 26.42 (season-best)

Women's 200m 

6. Christina Holmes – 27.19 (school record) 


5. Alton McKenley – 52.61 (school record)

7. Macniel Mandeh – 52.83

44. Matthew Weiner – 59.28

53. Abdallah Elbready – 1:05.30 (season-best)


36. Christopher Cardace – 2:14.64 


19. William Hallinan – 4:39.99 (collegiate-best)

56. Lucas Burkhardt – 5:20.15

64. Matthew Connolly – 5:58.62

Women's Mile 

13. Gabrielle Moss – 5:57.83

31. Paige Jacobs – 6:28.77 (collegiate-best)


14. William Hallinan – 10:09.19

16. Ryan Ward – 10:26.12

19. Dylan Zuch – 10:34.33

22. Matthew Connolly – 11:59.48 (collegiate-best)

Women's 3000m

13. Gabrielle Moss -  12:06.93 (school record)

18. Paige Jacobs – 12:59.47

Long Jump

17. Alton McKenley – 5.90m 


2. Koy Connors - 2,528

  • 60H: 4th – 9.94
  • High Jump: 2nd – 1.64m (collegiate-best)
  • Shot Put: 1st – 9.93m (collegiate-best) (school record)
  • Long Jump: 3rd – 5.73
  • 1000m: 6th – 3:21.43 

Women's Shot Put

15. Chloe Georges – 10.18m (collegiate-best)

18. Sophie Hockran – 10.10m

24. McKayla Kelly – 9.64m