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The Wise and the Strong

The older tend to be wiser, while the younger are said to be stronger. For the 2002 Muhlenberg cross country teams, the old must remain wise and the young must stay strong.

In this fable, the old and wise would be the men’s team. Led by senior co-captain Brendan Gallagher, the first Mule runner to ever compete at the national championships, the wisdom runs deep. In the seven meets Gallagher competed in during 2001, he finished in the top-15 five times.

By his side is junior Rob Uniszkiewicz, young in age, but old in wisdom. Uniszkiewicz took the reigns in 2001 while Gallagher was sidelined with an injury, taking second place in the 8K Mule Classic with a time of 27:30.7. He also turned in a timely performance with his best mark (26:39.53) of the season at the regional meet. That time helped the Mules to an eighth-place regional finish, an eight-place improvement over 2000.

Robin Holden
Robin Holden is a senior co-captain and three-year letterwinner for the Mules.

The men’s team is looking to the wisdom of the old to accomplish goals. For 2002 those goals include top three in the region and a trip to the national championships. Head Coach Linda Andrews says, “The men’s team is extremely strong. They are a very deep squad.”

The young and strong part of this equation is the women’s team. Junior co-captain Diana Garretto will head the young squad of Mule runners, along with junior co-captain Stephanie Melka, both top five runners for the Mules in 2001. At the NCAA Division III Regional meet, Garretto ran to her fastest time of the season where she crossed the finish line at 20:46.77, while Melka set her quickest mark of the season, at 19:51.08, finishing 45th out of 220 competitors. Freshman Karen Mount has shown her strength already in 2002, during a preseason meet where she was Muhlenberg’s top runner.

However young it may be, the women’s team has goals too. A top-five finish in the conference and a top-10 finish in the region are in its sights. In order for these to be accomplished, Andrews comments, “The team is young and having only 10 runners, they must stay healthy.”

The 2002 edition of Muhlenberg cross country starts Friday at the Lehigh Valley Championships, followed by the Mule Classic September 14.

Volleyball wins home opener

The Muhlenberg volleyball team picked up its first victory of the season, defeating DeSales in four games in its home opener. The Mules move to 1-4 in 2002, while the Bulldogs start off 0-1.

Senior Meaghan Billie led the way for the Mules with 13 kills. Her career total moves to 987 and puts her 13 kills away from the 1,000 mark.

Senior Dana Ferrelli recorded five digs to move her closer to her 1,000th career dig. She presently sits fifth on the all-time list with 974.

Freshman Mary Henning had 29 assists on the night.

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Last updated September 4, 2002