North Coast schools had a busy weekend on the track & field circuit as four league teams hosted home events, led by Ohio Wesleyan capturing both team titles at the annual Marv Frye Invitational in Delaware, Ohio. The Ohio-based NCAC squads will again travel to Ohio Wesleyan this weekend for the All-Ohio Championships, while DePauw will host Wabash and a grouping of HCAC institutions for the Indiana Division III Invitational.
ALLEGHENY traveled to Mount Union’s non-scoring John Homon Open on Saturday. In the men’s competition, senior Mike Petro (Bolivar, PA/Ligonier Valley) again led the Gators, breaking his own school record in the hammer throw with a heave of 181’ 5”, the seventh longest throw posted by a D-III athlete this season. Sophomore Randy Violette (Dillsburg, PA/Northern) was the Gators’ second winner on the afternoon, winning the 1500 by over six seconds after finishing with a time of 4:00.27. On the women’s side, sophomore Natasha Brigham (Harborcreek, PA/Harborcreek) took home first place in the javelin in her first action of the season with a winning throw of 119’ 5. In the hammer, senior Lexie Mochan (Walworth, NY/Gananda) finished third with a top throw of 157’ 1”. On the track, junior Alyssa Brindle (Denville, NJ/Morris Knolls) led the Gators on the track, taking third in the 1500 with a time of 4:58.93.
DEPAUW hosted WABASH and a grouping of non-conference opponents for its annual DPU Invitational on Saturday. Wabash won the men’s team title with 127.833 points, while DePauw finished seventh (41.5). Illinois Wesleyan captured the women’s team title with 193 points, while DePauw finished sixth (47). Wabash’s Ronnie Posthauer (Ladoga, IN/Fountain Central) and Adam Togami (New Albany, IN/New Albany) each posted new meet marks. Posthauer won the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 14.60, eclipsing his own former meet record of 14.72 set last year. Togami posted a winning time of 9:17.69 in the 3,000-meter steeplechase to better the meet record of 9:20.20 set by former Wabash runner Kevin McCarthy in 2012. Togami’s time is also sixth-best this season among NCAA DIII competitors. The DPU men’s squad was led by Marcus Dozier (South Bend, IN/Riley) who won the shot put and discus improving upon his discus throw which now ranks second in Division III. Senior Celia Kauth (Crawfordsville, IN/North Montgomery) was second in the high jump (1.58m), while Heather O’Brien (Indianapolis, IN/Bishop Chatard) was third in the 1,500 meters (4:54.14) to lead the women’s team for the Tigers.
OBERLIN entertained WOOSTER and four additional non-conference schools for its annual Bob Kahn Invitational. Tiffin won the women’s team title with 259 points, while Oberlin was second (131) and Wooster was fourth (85). Tiffin also topped the men’s standings with 267 points, while Oberlin was third (127.5) and Wooster was fifth (61). The Yeowomen got their best performances of the day in the 1,500-meter run with senior Carey Lyons (Tacoma, WA/Stadium) finishing first (4:51.34), followed by classmate Emma Lehmann (San Francisco, CA/Urban) in third (4:58.15) and junior Sarel Loewus (Pullman, WA/Pullman) in fourth (5:08.92). In the men’s 1,500 meters, Joshua Urso (Washington, PA/Trinity) and Robert Moreton (San Gabriel, CA/San Marino) finished one-two to help the Yeomen to their third place finish. Urso finished the trek in 4:08.67, while Moreton crossed the finish line in 4:12.57. Urso earned another first place finish in the 800 meter run with a time of 1:57.53. The Wooster men had three second-place finishes and a school record led by senior Evan Pannell (Akron, OH/Archbishop Hoban). Pannell, competing in just the second collegiate track meet of his career, reached a mark of 21 feet, 6.75 inches in the long jump, good for second-place out of 13 participants. On the women’s side, senior Lauren Buyan (Sheridan, WY/Sheridan) went under 12 minutes (11:56.34) in the 3000-meter steeplechase and took second overall.
OHIO WESLEYAN hosted DENISON, KENYON and numerous other opponents from Ohio on Saturday for its annual Marv Frye Invitational. Ohio Wesleyan won the women’s team title with 150 points, while Denison was eighth (36) and Kenyon was 10th (13). The Battling Bishops also won the men’s title with 146 points, while Denison was ninth (29) and Kenyon was 12th (17). Freshman Jadon Joyner (Brooklyn, NY/Hotchkiss (CT)) led the way for the OWU men, winning the the 200-meter dash in 22.40 and finishing second in the 100-meter dash and the long jump. Junior Sara Johnson (Dublin, OH/Coffman) won two events and helped a relay team to another first-place finish to lead the OWU women. Johnson won the 100-meter hurdles in 15.02 and the 400-meter hurdles in 1:04.40 and ran a leg on the winning 4x100 meter relay team that crossed the line in 49.29. Junior Wallace Branche (Charlotte, NC/Woodberry Forest School [Va.]) paced the Big Red with a victory in the triple jump. Branche earned 10 points for his team with a combined leap of 46’2.75”. The DU women were led by sophomore Anne Lee (Clarksburg, NJ/Allentown) and freshman Hannah Hall (New Richmond, OH/New Richmond). Lee was victorious in the triple jump with a final mark of 33’7.50”, while Hall took the high jump title after successfully clearing 5’3.75”. Alton Barbehenn’s (Bedford, MA/Bedford) performance in the 400-meter hurdles highlighted the day for the Lords. The sophomore took third place with a time of 57.50, the season’s best time in that event for Kenyon. The Ladies were led by Harlee Mollenkopf’s (Delaware, OH/Rutherford B. Hayes) performance in the 5000 meter race. She finished in third with a time of 18:45.75, the best mark of the outdoor season for the Kenyon team.
WITTENBERG hosted its own Invitational on Saturday as the men won its first-ever “Coach Rob” Invitational with 126.5 points and the women placed second out of 10 teams with 110 points. On the men’s side, the Tigers dominated the field events as freshman Tyler Everidge (Dayton, OH/Bellbrook) won the high jump, junior Justin Fisher (Fort Wayne, IN/Carroll) won the triple jump and junior Aaron Melsop (Westerville, OH/DeSales) won the won the long jump. The women were led by a sweep of the medals in the 400-meter hurdles as junior Jordan Crow (North Las Vegas, NV/Palo Verde), senior Jeanette Klamfoth (Bexley, OH/Bexley) and freshman Kelsey Fobean (Munroe Falls, OH/Stow-Munroe Falls) finished in order.