The Ohio-based NCAC track & field squads competed at Ohio Wesleyan last Saturday for the annual All-Ohio Championships, while DePauw hosted Wabash and a grouping of HCAC institutions for the Indiana Division III Championships in Greencastle, Indiana. League squads will return to the circuit this weekend, led by Kenyon hosting its annual home invitational on Saturday in Gambier.
ALLEGHENY, KENYON and OBERLIN competed at the non-scoring Bucknell Outdoor Classic over the weekend at Div. I Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania. For the Gator men’s squad, senior Mike Petro (Bolivar, PA/Ligonier Valley) shattered his own school record in the hammer throw, taking fourth overall with a toss of 189’ 7”, the sixth longest throw by a D-III athlete this season. Sophomore Randy Violette (Dillsburg, PA/Northern) added a top-10 finish in the 1,500, breaking the four-minute mark for the first time in his career by turning in a time of 3:56.70 to take seventh overall - and second among D-III runners - in a 107-man field. The Kenyon Lords also had representation at Bucknell in the men’s 10,000-meter race as junior Sam Lagasse (Woodbridge, CT/Westhill) finished 35th out of 39 runners with a time of 31:28.42. On the women’s side, the Allegheny 4x800 relay foursome of Alexis Preston (Hollidaysburg, PA/Hollidaysburg), Alyssa Brindle (Denville, NJ/Morris Knolls), Melissa McCann (Uniontown, PA/Laurel Highlands), and Marisa Brown (Littleton, CO/Heritage) broke a 12-year old school record, finishing fourth overall (and first among non D-I schools) with a time of 9:30.64. Brown added a first-place finish in the 1500 with a time of 4:45.41, the second-fastest time in the NCAC this season. Oberlin senior Carey Lyons (Tacoma, WA/Stadium) bested her own school record by four tenths of a second with a time of 10:49.39 in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, which is currently the third fastest time in Division III this season.
DEPAUW hosted WABASH and a grouping of HCAC institutions for the Indiana Div. III Championships on Saturday in Greencastle, Indiana. Wabash won the men’s title for the third year in a row with 254 points, while DePauw finished fourth with 72 points. Franklin took home first-place honors on the women’s side with 152.5 points, edging out DePauw which finished second with 140 total points. Wabash’s Ronnie Posthauer (Ladoga, IN/Fountain Central) was named the Outstanding Male Track Athlete, while Derek De St Jean (St. John, IN/Hanover) earned Outstanding Male Field Athlete honors. Posthauer claimed his honors thanks to a pair of individual titles. The senior raced to a new meet record in the 110-meter hurdles, winning the race with a time of 14.35 to eclipse his previous record of 14.46 set in 2013. Posthauer also won the 200-meter dash with a top time of 22.41 and was part of the second-place 4x100-meter relay team, which topped last year’s meet record with a time of 42.76 Saturday. De St Jean posted a pair of first-place finishes, starting with a win in the discus throw with a mark of 49.08 meters to break the meet record of Marcus Dozier from DePauw of 47.32 meters set last year. De St Jean also won the hammer throw with a toss of 51.21 meters and added a second-place finish in the shot put (15.76m). The DePauw men captured three individual titles as Paul Watts (South Bend, IN/Penn) won the 10,000-meter run (32:19.32), while Noah Gatwood (Birdseye, IN/Perry Central) took first in the 5,000 meters (15:26.04) and Marcus Dozier (South Bend, IN/Riley) took first in the shot put (16.03m). Dozier was also second in the discus (16.03m). Rachel Gutish (Terre Haute, IN/Terre Haute North) led the DPU women, setting a school record by winning the pole vault with a mark of 3.41 meters. The Tigers also got a new school record from Maggie Royalty (Seymour, IN/Seymour) who finished second in the 100 meters (12.74) and third in the 200 meters (26.89).
OHIO WESLEYAN hosted DENISON, KENYON,OBERLIN, WITTENBERG, WOOSTER and Ohio-based Div. III institutions from the OAC and HCAC for the annual All-Ohio Championships on Saturday in Delaware. Ohio Wesleyan compiled 158 points to 129 for defending national champion Mount Union, giving the Bishops their first outdoor All-Ohio championship men’s title since 2010. Wittenberg tied for ninth (31), Denison was 12th (18), Wooster was 13th (17), Oberlin was 16th (13.5) and Kenyon was tied 19th (0) to round out the other NCAC participants. On the women’s side, Mount Union topped the field with 147.5 points, followed by Ohio Wesleyan in second (122), Oberlin in sixth (49.33), Denison in seventh (45), Wooster in 10th (36), Kenyon in 14th (10) and Wittenberg in 15th (9). The OWU men’s team was led by sophomore John Sotos (Dublin, OH/Coffman), who won the 1500- and 5000-meter runs in respective times of 3:54.37 and 15:05.62. Junior Abbey Warth (Massillon, OH/Tuslaw) and sophomore Kaillie Winston (Millington, NJ/Watchung Hills) each won events to lead the Bishops on the women’s side. Warth won the 1500-meter run in 4:35.09 and finished fifth in the 800-meter run, while Winston won the 10,000-meter run in 38:44.55. Denison juniors Wallace Branche (Charlotte, NC/Woodberry Forest School [Va.]) and Sam Beech (Bexley, OH/Bexley) led the Big Red with a pair of runner-up finishes. Branche took second in the triple jump with a mark of 46’2.50” and Beech provided another eight points wish his personal-record performance in the 10,000-meter run. Aedin Brennan (Fairport, N.Y./Allendale Columbia) paced the Big Red on the women’s side by capturing two event championships with a pair of school-record performances. Her first victory came in the triple jump where she successfully defended her title with a personal-best mark of 37’11.25”. That mark was a .75” improvement on her previous school record mark set in 2013 (36’10.50”). Brennan also re-set her own school mark in the 400 hurdles with a winning time of 1:01.96, shaving almost two seconds off the previous record set on April 19, 2014. Wittenberg junior Justin Fisher (Fort Wayne, IN/Carroll) won the triple jump at 14.16 meters and senior Justin Yates (Dayton, OH/Bellbrook) won the 400-meter dash on a time of 48.01 to lead the Tigers on the men’s side, while seventh-place finishes for sophomore Frankie Bowsher (Gahanna, OH/Lincoln) in the 400 meters and junior Jordan Crow (North Las Vegas, NV/Palo Verde) in the 400-meter hurdles highlighted the women’s team. Wooster, which saw one-spot improvement over last season on the men’s side and five on the women’s, was led by Matt Margida (Hudson, OH/Hudson) who took third-place out of 16 competitors in the shot put and Hilary Coady (Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia/Choate Rosemary Hall (CT) ) was the runner-up among 25 participants in the 400 hurdles (1:02.54) and third out of 24 in the 100 hurdles (14.91). Oberlin senior Jerry Choi (New Hyde Park, NY/ Herricks) placed third in the 400-meter hurdles as he flew through the track in 54.53 and freshman standout Monique Newton (Sacramento, CA/Rancho) set a new school record in the shot put with a winning toss of 43-05.75 to lead the Yeowomen. Kenyon had three performances that represented season-best times for the Ladies led by Harlee Mollenkopf (Delaware, OH/Rutherford B. Hayes) in the 5000-meter run; and Emma Levant (Vashon, WA/Charles Wright Academy) in the 100- and 400-meter hurdles events.