A number of NCAC quads returned to the track to open up the outdoor season, highlighted by DePauw earning a second and third-place finish on the men’s and women’s side, respectively, at the Rose-Hulman Early Bird Invite. NCAC track & field continues in the week ahead, led by Allegheny and Denison competing at the Carnegie Mellon Invite.
Led by a pair of first-place finishes, DEPAUW totaled 111 points and finished second at the Rose-Hulman Early Bird. Rose-Hulman won with 272 points. Jordan Booker (Rosenberg, TX/Episcopal) picked up a win in the 200 meters (22.82) and Paul Christian (Glen Ellyn, IL/Glenbard West) led the 5,000-meter field (15:16.03). Booker also was fourth in the high jump (1.80m). On the women’s side, DePauw totaled 118 points and finished third among seven schools. Baldwin Wallace won with 186.5 and Rose-Hulman was second with 138.5. Natalie Gruszka (Valparaiso, IN/Valparaiso) was a double-winner with firsts in the 800 meters (2:23.47) and the 1,500 meters (5:01.31). Kaitlyn Daanen (Kokomo, IN/Northwestern) won the 100 (12.77) and Amanda Weber (Crystal Lake, IL/Prairie Ridge) did the same in the 200 (26.55). Weber also was third in the 100 (12.85). The Tigers dominated the 3,000 steeplechase by taking the top four spots including Tori Flowers’ (Granville, OH/Granville) win in 12:34.11.
KENYON opened the outdoor season at the UNC Charlotte 49ers Classic. The Lords were led by Alton Barbehenn (Bedford, MA/Bedford) claiming 22nd in the 400-meter hurdles by finishing in a time of 57.04. That was a bit shy of his school record time of 55.71, which he established last season. Senior Claire Naughton (Mundelein, IL/Mundelein) had the Ladies’ best finish, an 11th place mark in the 3,000-meter steeplechase event crossing the finish line in 12:10.50.
OHIO WESLEYAN traveled south to open up the outdoor season at the Emory Open. The men finished 12th out of 36 teams and the women took home 12th of 35 total teams. Men’s highlights included senior Ifa Abduljelil (Whitehall, OH/Whitehall-Yearling) placing in a pair of events, finishing fifth in the 110-meter hurdles in 15.03 and eighth in the 400-meter hurdles. Sophomore Alyssa Acevedo (Medina, OH/Medina) and junior Nicole Rozsa (Silver Lake, OH/Cuyahoga Falls) recorded top-three finishes to lead the Bishops on the women’s side. Acevedo placed second in the javelin with a throw of 38.08 meters. Rozsa tied for second in the pole vault, clearing 3.22 meters.
WITTENBERG opened the outdoor season at the Muskingum Invite. Highlights on the men’s side included Tyler Gittins (Westerville, OH/Columbus Academy) earning a pair of first-place finishes for Wittenberg, first in the 400 meter hurdles at 57.05 seconds, and then in the 110 meter-hurdles at 16.45 seconds. Kyle Farnbauch (Hilliard, OH/Davidson) also placed in the 110 meter-hurdles, finishing in second with a time of 16.46 seconds.Farnbauch also scored for Wittenberg in the 400 meter hurdles, coming in third place at 1:00.10. Freshman Tyra Barnes (Austintown, OH/Austintown Fitch) paced the Tigers in the 400 meter-dash, claiming first place with a finals time of 1:00.24 to highlight the women’s side.
WOOSTER traveled south during its spring break to compete at the non-scoring Charleston Southern Invite. On the men’s side, sophomore Jack Petrecca (Willowick, OH/Eastlake North) cleared 1.80m in the high jump to claim fifth, on top of a 21st-place effort in the 800 (2:06.78). Classmate Brian Lief (Shaker Hts., OH/Shaker Hts.) nearly cracked the two-minute mark in the 800 meters with a 13th-place clip of 2:01.40. Women’s highlights included sophomore Carolyn Webster (Fredericktown, OH/Fredericktown) earning runner-up honors in the high jump by clearing 1.60m, a mark currently tied for third in Div. III.