The Wabash Little Giants and the Oberlin Yeowomen lead the 2019 NCAC Indoor Track & Field Championships after the first day of competition at the Gault Recreation Center in Wooster, Ohio. Wabash accumulated 46 total points after six top-five finishes, while Oberlin sits in first with 76 points thanks to first-place finishes in the women’s weight throw, pole vault and 5,000 meter run.
Ohio Wesleyan sits in second with 42 points in the men's standings, followed by Oberlin (41), Wooster (25), Denison (22), DePauw (19), Kenyon (16), Wittenberg (12), and Allegheny (11). On the women’s side, Wooster is second after day one with 43.5 points, followed by Wittenberg (31), Ohio Wesleyan (28), Allegheny (27), Denison (10.50), Kenyon (10), and DePauw (8).
The 2019 meet opened with six field events and Oberlin junior Maya English (Chino Hills, Calif./Ayala) claimed the first victory of the day with a distance of 15.67 meters (51’05.00”) in the weight throw. The women’s pole vault title was earned by Oberlin freshman Sarah Voit (Cincinnati, Ohio/Mcauley) with a height of 3.58 meters (11’09.00”), while Ohio Wesleyan junior Jayson Blankenship (Medina, Ohio/Medina) won the men’s pole vault with a mark of 4.35 meters (14’03.25”). The men’s long jump title was captured by Denison junior James Dixie (Fort Wayne, Ind./Concordia Lutheran) with a leap of 6.68 meters (21’11.00”), while the women’s long jump victory went to Wooster senior Carolyn Webster (Fredericktown, Ohio/Fredericktown), who posted the best height at 5.35 meters (17’06.75”). The men’s shot put title went to Kenyon senior Jordan Potter (Minneapolis, Minn./The Blake School) with a toss of 15.23 meters (49’11.75”).
On the track, Wooster senior David Westcott (Lake Forest, Ill./Millbrook (N.Y.)) claimed the men’s 5,000 meter run title in a time of 15:06.81, while Oberlin senior Linnea Halsten (Madison, Wisc./Madison East) won the women’s 5,000 in 17:33.06. To finish out the night, the distance medley relays were won by the DePauw men (10:22.12) and the Allegheny women (12:28.88).
The 2019 NCAC Indoor Track & Field Championships will continue tomorrow, Saturday, March 2, with 24 events. The final day will start at 10:00 a.m. with the women’s high jump, men’s triple jump and men’s weight throw followed by the men's high jump, women's triple jump and women's shot put at 12:00 p.m. (noon). Track events will start at 2:15 p.m.