ALLEGHENY opened up the outdoor slate with a limited squad in San Diego, facing off against competitors from all three NCAA classifications at the Ross & Sharon Collegiate Invitational. Senior Mike Petro (Bolivar, PA/Ligonier Valley) opened up his final outdoor campaign by posting a new personal record in the hammer throw, taking second overall (and first among DIII athletes) with a heave of 181’ 3”. Sophomore Randy Violette (Dillsburg, PA/Northern) led the Gator men on the track, taking eighth in the 800 with a career-best time of 4:00.27. On the women’s side, Lexie Mochan (Walworth, NY/Gananda) topped the field of 13 throwers in the hammer, with a heave of 165’ 2” to win by over 30 feet. Teammate Sara Von Dolln (Wilmington, NC/Wantagh (NY)) finished third in the hammer, throwing 131’7”, while also adding top-10 finishes in the discus (104’ 5”) and shot (34’ 7”). Fellow sophomore Jenna Farruggia (Irwin, PA/Hempfield) turned in a pair of top-five finishes, taking third in the discus (118’ 4”) and fifth in the javelin (111’ 2”). On the track, the Gators were led by the duo of junior Alyssa Brindle (Denville, NJ/Morris Knolls) and Andy Sharfman (Manchester, IN/Manchester) in the 1500, who both set new personal records with times of 4:48.10 and 4:50.16, respectively. Junior Josie Niovich (Johnstown, PA/Forest Hills) established a new school record in the 100 meter hurdles, finishing in a time of 15.42 seconds.
DENISON finished 17th out of 28 teams with 16 points at the Emory Invitational last weekend. DU recorded top-8 finishes in three events over the course of the two-day event. Junior Bryan Fowler (Westerville, OH/Westerville Central) paced Denison with a second-place finish in the javelin with a toss of 143’11”. Fresh off his first-ever All-American honor, junior Wallace Branche (Charlotte, NC/Woodberry Forest School [Va.]) placed third in the triple jump with a mark of 45’9.75”. Junior Sam Beech (Bexley, OH/Bexley) rounded out the scoring with a seventh-place finish in Friday’s 10,000-meter (32:48.60). The women placed 21st out of 27 teams, highlighted by freshmen Hannah Hall (New Richmond, OH/New Richmond) and Allison Pineault (Wayland, MA/Wayland) who combined for all 13 of DU’s points. On Friday, Hall finished tied for second after clearing 5’3.75” in the high jump. Pineault successfully cleared 10’0.75” in the pole vault which landed her third in the event.
DEPAUW traveled to Atlanta for the Emory Invite where the men finsihed 13th led by Marcus Dozier (South Bend, IN/Riley) winning both the shot put (15.62 meters) and the discus (49.42 meters). Senior Aaron Krabill (Goshen, IN/Goshen) finished second in the pole vault with a mark of 4.30m. On the women’s side, the Tigers finished 17th, as junior Heather O’Brien (Indianapolis, IN/Bishop Chatard) won the 5,000 meters (18:14.57) and senior Celia Kauth (Crawfordsville, IN/North Montgomery) placed second in the high jump (1.62 meters).
KENYON kicked off the outdoor season, as it has done for the past nine seasons, at the UNC Charlotte 49ers Classic. The meet was unscored, but junior Sam Lagasse (Woodbridge, CT/Westhill) registered a Kenyon record in Saturday’s 3,000-meter final with a fifth-place finish. Lagasse’s time of 8:42.44 broke Kaleb Keyserling’s previous College record of 8:48.27, which he established in 2009. The Ladies’ top two individual finishes came in the 3,000-meter steeplechase. In that event, sophomore Claire Naughton (Mundelein, IL/Mundelein) placed 14th with a time of 12:50.20 and junior Gwendolyn Lloyd (Durham, NC/Durham Academy Upper School) finished 18th with a time of 14:15.14.
OBERLIN was idle last week. Oberlin will open its outdoor season this weekend as they travel to North Carolina for the Winthrop Invite.
The OHIO WESLEYAN men’s squad finished second at the Amy Adams Memorial Invitational, hosted by Muskingum last weekend. The Bishops were led by freshman Jadon Joyner (Brooklyn, NY/Hotchkiss (CT) School) who won two events. Joyner won the 100- and 200-meter dashes in respective times of 11.43 and 22.25. He also combined with sophomore Colin McShane (Columbus, OH/Olentangy), sophomore Brian Burnett (Cincinnati, OH/Cincinnati Country Day) and junior Roemello Cook (Akron, OH/Buchtel) to win the 4x100 relay in 42.70. Freshman Emily Brown (New Concord, OH/John Glenn) won an event and helped a relay team to another first-place finish to lead the Ohio Wesleyan women’s team to a third-place finish. Brown won the long jump with a leap of 16-11 1/2 and placed third in the 200-meter dash.
WABASH competed in the Huntsman Relays last week, an intersquad scrimmage and exhibition only meet. The Little Giants return to action March 27-28 as they travel to St. Louis for the Wash. U. invite.
WITTENBERG junior Aaron Melsop (Westerville, OH/DeSales) led the Tiger men to a 19th-place finish among 28 teams at the Emory Invitational in Atlanta last weekend as he finished third in the long jump on a distance of 6.8 meters, while sophomore Alex Owens (Enon, OH/Greenon) placed sixth in the pole vault at 3.83 meters. Junior Becah Delp (York, PA/Eastern York) led the Wittenberg women to a 24th-place finish among 27 teams as she finished fourth in the high jump at 1.57 meters and sixth in the long jump at 5.18 meters.
WOOSTER was idle last week. The Scots return to the track this weekend for the Wooster Invite.