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Photo: Thomas C Weishaar, License: N/A, Created: 2018:04:28 11:48:58

Tunkhannock’s Ellie Kuzma, running for King’s College, set a school record to take the MAC championships in the 100 meter run.

King’s College junior Ellie Kuzma, a Tunkhannock High School graduate, won her first Middle Atlantic Conference Championship on Saturday, May 5, with a school record time of 12.56 seconds at Widener University in Chester. Kuzma earned First Team All-Conference honors and scored 10 points for the Monarchs by edging Alyssa Diffenderfer of Lebanon Valley and Kimberly Hammond of Stevenson at the line.

Diffenderfer finished second with a time of 12.59 seconds while Hammond crossed the line in 12.61 seconds. Kuzma entered with the fourth fastest qualifying time after running her previous school record time of 12.70 seconds in the prelims on Friday. Hammond had the best qualifying time of 12.58 seconds.

Kuzma made a marked improvement over her 2017 MAC Championships 100-meter run where she finished 14th at 13:49. bettering her time of a year ago by nearly a second.

In the 4x100-meter relay, Kuzma teamed with Kristine Bentkowski, Margaret Bentkowski, and Savannah Lynch to earn two points and MAC Honorable Mention All-Conference honors with a seventh place finish in the finals with a time of 51.88.

King’s, which is in just its third season of varsity track and field, has made great strides since the program’s inception. Kuzma was one of three King’s women’s athletes to win Gold medals in the MAC Championships.