The first scoring events of the 2015 NCAC Track & Field championships will be conducted this weekend, April 25-26, at Oberlin. The men will compete in the decathlon, while the women will participate in the heptathlon. The 2015 NCAC Track & Field Championships will then be contested the following weekend, May 1-2, at Ohio Wesleyan.
DEPAUW and WABASH both competed at the Rose-Hulman Twilight Meet on Friday. Wash U. won the women’s title with 166 points, while DePauw finished fifth (82). Rose-Hulman captured the men’s title with 198.5 points, Wabash was fourth (78) and DePauw was sixth (42). A pair of DPU women posted first-place finishes to lead the Tigers, including Celia Kauth (Crawfordsville, IN/North Montgomery) who won the high jump (1.61m) and Emma MacAnally (Indianapolis, IN/Cathedral) took first in the 5,000 meters (19:30.56). Junior Marcus Dozier (South Bend, IN/Riley) improved upon his discus throw mark and is ranked third in Division III. He won the discus (53.36m) and shot put (16.01m) to lead the DPU men’s team. Wabash tallied two event wins at RHIT, including freshman Jonah Woods (North Vernon, IN/Jennings County) who won the 5,000-meter run, finishing the race in 15:40.63 and Connor Stumm (Sheridan, IN/Sheridan) winning the long jump with a mark of 6.33 meters. The Little Giants also sent a select grouping of athletes to the Al Owens Classic at Grand Valley State University in Michigan Saturday, placing fifth out of 23 teams. Derek De St Jean (Saint John, IN/Hanover) placed second in discus with a mark of 50.65 meters for his best effort of the year and seventh-best among NCAA DIII competitors.
KENYON hosted ALLEGHENY, DENISON, OBERLIN and WOOSTER and a grouping of non-conference opponents for its annual Spring Invitational on Saturday. Allegheny earned the women’s team championship with 148 points, while Oberlin was third (118), Wooster fourth (96), Kenyon fifth (84) and Denison was sixth (78). Otterbein captured the men’s title with 149 points, followed by Wooster in third (101), Oberlin in fourth (96), Allegheny in fifth (75), Denison in sixth (67) and Kenyon in eighth (43.5). The Gators women’s team recorded 13 top-three finishes, led by senior Marisa Brown (Littleton, CO/Heritage) who finished first in the 800 with a time of 2:16.67, while fellow mid-distancer Andy Sharfman (Manchester, IN/Manchester) took second in the 1500 in a career-best 4:54.97. Junior Josie Niovich (Johnstown, PA/Forest Hills) broke her own school record in the 100 hurdles, finishing second in a time of 15.12 seconds. Freshman Natalie Corrado (Pittsburgh, PA/Mount Lebanon) had a busy day, with a hand in two victories, as she won the 400m hurdles (1:05.39) and anchored the Gators’ winning 4x4 relay, while she took fourth in the discus with a throw of 122-7, fourth-best in program history. The Gator men were led by its throwing contingent, as senior Mike Petro (Bolivar, PA/Ligonier Valley) won the hammer throw with a heave of 184-6, and sophomore Christian Miranda (New Canaan, CT/New Canaan) took first in the javelin with a throw of 162-7. On the track, freshman Carter Smith (Cranberry Twp., PA/Eden Christian) finished second in the 1500, with a career-best time of 4:04.18. Oberlin Yeowomen Monique Newton (Sacramento, CA/Rancho) swept the shot put (42-09.75) and discus (144-07), besting her school-record discuss toss by over four feet. That new standard moves her to 12th in the country. Senior sprinter Jerry Choi (New Hyde Park, NY/Herricks), who bested the field in both the 200 and 400-meter dash, led the Oberlin men. In the 200, Choi clocked a time of 22.71 before dusting the field of competitors in the 400 with a time of 50.60. The Wooster women got seven top-three performances, led by junior Hilary Coady (Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia/Choate Rosemary Hall (CT)) who won the 100 hurdles (15.03) and added a runner-up finish in the high jump (5 feet, 1.25 inches). Fighting Scots’ highlights on the men’s side included Joe David (Sparta, NJ/Sparta) as the senior outlasted 17 others to win the 5000 meters in a time of 15:49.24. In the lone home meet of the outdoor season for Kenyon, the Ladies did not have an event-winner, but Emma Levant (Vashon, WA/Charles Wright Academy), Colleen Kelley (Asbury, NJ/North Hunterdon), and Devron Martin (Mill Valley, CA/Marin Academy) had runner-up finishes in the 400-meter hurdles, the 3,000-meter steeplechase and the triple jump, respectively. Junior Nat Fox (Leetsdale, PA/Quaker Valley Senior) won the 1,500-meter race in a time of 4:04.17 and was the Lords’ top finisher. Aedin Brennan (Fairport, NY/Allendale Columbia) re-set records in both the triple and long jumps to lead the Denison women’s squad. Brennan won the triple jump with a combined leap of 38’4.25”, which was a 5-inch improvement on her previous record. She also improved on her school-record mark in the long jump, winning the event with a jump of 18’5”. Wallace Branche (Charlotte, NC/Woodberry Forest School [Va.]) continued his outstanding year for the Big Red men, leading the scoring with a victory in the triple jump. Branche finished with a combined leap of 47’0.25”. Junior Quenton Richards (Franklin, OH/Franklin) racked up 16 points in three events. Richards finished runner-up in the 100 dash (11.15), and fifth in both the 200 (22.97) and 4x100 relay (44.36).
OHIO WESLEYAN and WITTENBERG traveled to Ohio Northern’s Polar Bear Invite on Saturday where Findlay took home both the men’s and women’s team titles. OWU finished third (108.5) in the women’s competition and fourth (80.66) in the men’s, while Wittenberg earned fifth (41) in the women’s meet and eighth (40.5) on the men’s side. Freshmen Amanda Clay (Van Wert, OH/Van Wert) and Rheanna Wilson (Cambridge, OH/New Concord John Glenn) posted first-place finishes to highlight the OWU women’s effort. Clay won the 100-meter dash in 12.64 and Wilson won the 3000-meter steeplechase in 12:52.43. For the men’s squad, juniors Ahmed Abdel Halim (Toledo, OH/Ottawa Hills) and Roemello Cook (Akron, OH/Buchtel) won events as Halim won the triple jump with an effort of 46-7 1/2 and Cook won the 110-meter hurdles in 15.19. The top performance from the WIttenberg women’s team was junior Brea Medlock (Galena, OH/Big Walnut) who won the 200-meter dash on a time of 26.32 seconds. Junior Aaron Melsop (Westerville, OH/DeSales) won the long jump at 6.83 meters and Laike Wallace (Washington Court House, OH/Washington) won the 400-meter hurdles on a time of 55.66 highlighting the Tiger performances on the men’s side.