North Coast track & field teams battled a late spring snow storm over the weekend while in competition at several different events. Wooster highlighted the weekend’s performances by finishing first in both the men’s and women’s standings at the Wooster Invite. Action resumes across the conference this weekend with four schools hosting events on Saturday, including DePauw, Oberlin, Ohio Wesleyan and Wittenberg.
DEPAUW was idle last week. The Tigers return to the track this week as they host the DePauw Invitational on Saturday.
KENYON men’s and women’s track and field squads participated in the Wooster Invitational last weekend as both teams took home eighth place. Nat Fox (Leetsdale, PA/Quaker Valley Senior) was the leader for the Lords during the day. He finished in third place in the 1500-meter run as he crossed the line in 4:18.65. Sophomore Mollie O’Leary (Weymouth, MA/Notre Dame) turned in the top run of the day for the Ladies as she won the 1,500-meter race in a time of 5:08.68. That victory accounted for 10 of the Ladies’ 16 total points.
OBERLIN opened the 2015 outdoor schedule in the sunshine of South Carolina at the 2015 (NTS) Winthrop Invitational. Thrower Conor Navorec (Frazeysburg, OH/Mount Vernon) highlighted the Yeomen’s performance with a seventh place finish in the hammer throw. Navorec finished with a mark of 115-02 (47.29m). Senior Sarah Jane Kerwin (Carrboro, NC/Chapel Hill) bested multiple Division-I opponents in the women’s 5,000 meters. Kerwin finished the grueling trek in 17:36.00.
OHIO WESLEYAN was in action at Vanderbilt’s non-scoring Black & Gold Invitational. Sophomore Sarah Fowler (Mount Vernon, OH/Fredericktown) posted the top effort for the women’s team in the 2,000-meter steeplechase by finishing third overall with a time of 7:13.37. On the men’s side, sophomore Colin McShane (Columbus, OH/Olentangy) added a pair of top-10 finishes, placing fifth in the 200-meter dash in 22.33 and seventh in the 100-meter dash in 11.01.
WABASH produced 102 points to finish second at the Washington University (St. Louis) Invitational Friday and Saturday. Nick Boyce (Indianapolis, IN/Chatard) won the 5,000-meter run Friday night, posting the quickest time of the season at 14:27.64. Ronnie Posthauer (Ladoga, IN/Fountain Central) won the 110-meter hurdles by more than 4/10ths of second at 14.57. His time is also the quickest reported to this point in the season by a Division III athlete. The foursome of Joey Conti (Newburgh, IN/Castle), Cole Seward (Terre Haute, IN/North Vigo), Jordan Smith (Merrillville, IN/Andrean), and Joel Whittington (Terre Haute, IN/Northview) won the 4x400-meter relay with the sixth-quickest time in the nation (3:18.82).
WITTENBERG took home eighth on both the men’s and women’s side of the Yellow Jacket Collegiate Open at Cedarville this past weekend. On the men’s side, senior Justin Yates (Dayton, OH/Bellbrook) won the 400-meter dash to lead the Tigers. For the women, sophomore Alaina Longshore (Columbus, OH/Franklin Heights) finished third in the 400-meter dash and senior Jeanette Klamfoth (Bexley, OH/Bexley) was fifth in the 400-meter hurdles.
WOOSTER men’s and women’s track & field teams overcame sub-freezing temperatures and a highly-competitive field, consisting of primarily NCAA Div. II schools, to win both genders of the annual 11-team Wooster Invitational, held Friday and Saturday on campus. Wooster’s women’s team piled up 211.5 points to finish 90 more than the runner-up and comfortably ahead of the likes of Div. II programs Edinboro University (92), Walsh University (79), and others. The Fighting Scots had first-place finishers in seven individual events, including double winner Paris Nahas (Massillon, OH/Tuslaw), who sprinted ahead of the fields in the 100 and 200 meters with very solid times of 12.57 and 25.99. Wooster’s men’s team was equally dominant, scoring an even 200 points to place well ahead of its nearest competition, Walsh (133). The Scots did particularly well in the field, led by thrower Matt Margida (Hudson, OH/Hudson), who earned top honors in the shot put (46 feet, 6.75 inches) and the discus (127 feet, 7 inches).