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      Men’s Indoor Track & Field Win Historic 21st MAC Championship

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      Seniors Ernie Pitone, Daniel Herbster and Josh Colley all won at least two individual events to help the Widener University men's indoor track & field team capture its record-breaking 21st Middle Atlantic Conference championship in program history on Saturday, Feb. 25.

      The Pride earned the team crown by winning gold in nine of the 19 scoring events and racking up 163 points. Lebanon Valley was a distant second with 115 points, and Messiah finished third by earning 110 points. Stevenson (104), Misericordia (90), DeSales (44.5), Eastern (40.5), Delaware Valley (29), Alvernia (17), Albright (11), King's (11), Hood (5) and Manhattanville (1) rounded out the field.

      In addition to winning its eighth straight MAC title, Widener also picked up three major awards at the end of the competition. Herbster was named the MAC Field Athlete of the Year after sweeping the individual titles in the two throwing events, freshman Franklin Livolsi picked up MAC Rookie of the Year laurels for registering runner-up finishes in two distance events, and veteran mentor Vince Touey was named the MAC Coach of the Year.

      By capturing its 21st crown, Widener's men's indoor track & field team broke a school record for winning the most MAC championships of any of the department's 20 varsity sports. Entering the weekend, the school's storied football program as well as men's indoor track & field had won 20 MAC titles apiece before Touey's squad won another crown on Feb. 25.


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