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SU's Smith, Renton take top honors at championships

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GWYNEDD VALLEY, Pa. -- Seniors Amy Smith and Josiah Renton each took home Athlete of the Year awards as Shenandoah University wrapped up its 2012 track & field regular season Sunday afternoon at the Mason-Dixon Championships.

Smith and Renton both won two races to earn female and male Athlete of the Year honors, respectively, from the league.

This is the first major Mason-Dixon honor for both Renton and Smith.

Shenandoah had 12 first team honorees, 16 second team and set new school records in the women's 10000 meters, the men's and women's hammer and the men's 400 meter hurdles.

Smith helped the SU women to a fourth place showing by winning the steeplechase and the 1500 meters while Renton won the steeple and the 5000 meters to lead the men's sixth place finish.

In addition to winning those two races, Smith was fourth in the 800 meters.

She had an 11:52.40 in the steeplechase, a 4:53.70 in the 1500 and a 2:22.38 in the 800.

In the throws, junior Amanda Theall was second in both the discus and hammer, 36.27 and 41.12 meters, and third in the shot with a toss of 11.28 meters. Latticia Moore backed up Theall in the discus with a throw of 36.03 meters to finish third.

Theall's hammer throw is a new school record.

Jaclyn Mohlmann rounded out the women's place-winners on day two by finishing fifth in the 100 meter hurdles at 16:28.

Sophomore Dorothy Earner had a second place finish on Saturday in the 10000 meters to set the first new school record.

Renton got his day started combining with Jake Garcia to go first and third in the steeplechase at 9:55.24 and 10:07.20, respectively.

Renton then won the 5000 meters with a 15:29.79.

Junior Matthew Thompson set the second school mark with a 56.57, third place showing in the 400 meter hurdles.

Evan Griffin was fourth in the hammer, fifth in the discus and sixth in the javelin. His hammer throw of 42.21 meters sets a new school record.

The 4 x 400 relay team of Thompson, Chris Clemons, Kirk Lewis and Timothy Robinson was fourth at 3:25.90.

Robinson completed his day by posting a 4:06.69 in the 1500 to finish fifth.

Lewis and Clemons also each had an individual sixth place finish with Lewis doing it in the 400 meter dash and Clemons in the 800.

Kyle Gutierrez had the final top five with a 33:38.40 in the 10000 meters to finish fifth.

A limited number of athletes will compete next Monday in the final meet prior to national championship selection. This competition, the Swat Last Chance Meet, will be the last opportunity for SU individuals to earn a berth into the NCAA National Championships.

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