Mullin tunes up for running at Shippensburg University

Photo by Barry Taglieber Alyson Hall, Jordan Freeman and Garcelle McKenzie compete in the 100-meter dash during the second Phoenixville Twilight Series track meet at Washington Field last Thursday evening.

PHOENIXVILLE - The second Phoenixville Twilight Series track meet was held Thursday evening, Aug. 2, at Washington Field on the campus of Phoenixville Area High School.

Seven events were staged on the oval. They included the 5,000 meters, 100, 4x100 relay, 400, 800, 200 and 1600. The 110-meter hurdles was originally scheduled as the final event, but it was scratched.

Some 51 runners competed in the event, including those from Phoenixville as well as surrounding areas.

Phoenixville’s Chris Mullin, who just graduated from high school in June, won the opening 5,000 meters in a time of 18 minutes even. Mullin will be continuing his running career in cross country and track & field at Shippensburg University for the 2012-13 school term.

“It was hot, man,” Mullin said after completing his warmdown towards the end of the meet. “It wasn’t really in my legs that slowed me down. It was dealing with the heat and humidity. It was not a bad race for the middle of the training season.”The Shippensburg coach placed Mullin and the other recruits on a training program for the summer months. Mullin told him about the Phoenixville Twilight Series meet so it was used as a replacement for his normal routine last week.

“I will stay excited during the coming months of the season,” said Mullin, who starred at Phoenixville under coaches Jack Kraynak and then Justin Winters last fall in cross country and Kraynak during spring track.

Mullin plans to focus on exercise science as his major at Shippensburg. That will allow him to enter physicial therapy or a related field following graduation.

“I keep busy with a lot of running and training,” said Mullin. “During the summer I do a lot of running and training. I am used to the training.

“In college, it will be a matter of getting better at the end of the year and not expecting to do too much too early. I am excited to be there, though.”

Another former Phoenixville track star, Tom Timmins, who is now running for the University of Pennsylvania Quakers, also participated in the meet. Timmins qualified for the NCAAs in the 800-meter run as a freshman and will be continuing his Ivy League collegiate career this year.

Ryan Marks, who will be a senior at Phoenixville this fall, directed the meet again as part of his senior project.

NOTES

Former Phoenixville councilman Carlos Ciruelos was on hand with his young daughter, Victoria, participating in the meet.

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