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NCAC Weekly Release (3-27-17) - Outdoor Track & Field

Oberlin Junior Monique Newton
Oberlin Junior Monique Newton

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Oberlin highlighted the weekend’s performances on the women’s side with an impressive fourth-place team finish out of 26-squads at the Emory Invite, while Allegheny earned second-place on the men’s side at the Carnegie Mellon Mini-Inivte. NCAC track & field continues in the week ahead, led by Kenyon, Oberlin and Wooster competing at the Wooster Invitational.

ALLEGHENY and DENISON competed at the Carnegie Mellon Mini-Invite on Saturday in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In the final men’s standings, CMU won the event with 283 points, followed by Allegheny (90), Waynesburg (86), Denison (63) and Franciscan (27). CMU won the women’s title with 292 points, followed by Waynesburg (101), Denison (84),  Franciscan (35) and Allegheny (26). Allegheny senior Andre Bryan (Edison, NJ/Edison) won two events, placing first in both the long jump (6.53 meters) and 100 meter dash (11.28 seconds), while rookie Sean Parenti (Bridgeville, PA/Chartiers Valley) topped a nine-man field in the 400 with a time of 51.78 seconds. The Gators also fared well in throwing events, as freshman Zach Casagrande (Sutersville, PA/Yough) placed first in his collegiate debut in the javelin with a heave of 52.25 meters, while sophomore Kurtis Williams (New Brighton, PA/New Brighton) won the shot (14.30 m) and placed third in the hammer (45.71m). Denison freshman Bryce Stricker (Mason, OH/Moeller) took home fourth-place in the hammer throw with a school-record tosss of 43.03 meters. Big Red freshman, Ivan Maldonad (Fort Lee, NJ/Fort Lee), finished second in the javelin throw with a toss of 51.11 meters. On the track, Isaac Reed (Upland, CA/Oak Hills) turned in a second-place performance in the 110 hurdles after crossing the finish line in 16.20. The Big Red women’s team collected three victories, the first coming from sophomore Ajai Brooks (Washington, DC/Washington Latin Public Charter School) in the 100 meter dash in 12.71. Brooks also ran a leg on the winning 4x100 relay that crossed the line in 51.60. Denison’s other victory came in the discus where junior Arlesha Cospy (Trotwood, OH/Trotwood-Madison) won the title with a mark of 39.68 meters. Gator women highlights included senior Jenna Farruggia (Greensburg, PA/Hempfield) producing a pair of second-place finishes, taking runner-up honors in both the javelin (34.55 meters) and the discus (36.98 meters). 

OBERLIN and WITTENBERG traveled to Georgia last weekend to compete in the Emory Classic. On the men’s side, Wittenberg placed eighth and Oberlin finished 15th among 20 teams. The Tigers were led by sophomore Kenny Mayes (Dublin, OH/Scioto) with a sixth-place finish in the 800-meters with a time of 1:56.42. D’Anthony Dorsey (Winter Haven, FL/Lakeland) led the Tiger throwing squad with a third place finish in shot put, throwing for 14.49 meters. The Yeomen were led by Hank Sinn (Latty, OH/Wayne Trace) as he broke the school record in the hammer throw with a toss of 52.67 meters to finish second. On the women’s side, Oberlin finished fourth and Wittenberg was 24th of 26 total teams. The Yeowomen were led by Monique Newton (Sacramento, CA/Rancho Cordova) after she claimed second in the hammer with a toss of 52.38 meters. Oberlin junior Lilah Drafts-Johnson (Melrose, MA/Melrose) turned in an impressive start in the 400-meter hurdles, clocking in at 102.63 to place second and then turned in a third-place finish in the 400-meters, crossing the line 56.63. Wittenberg was led by freshman Gabrielle Draginoff (Cincinnati, OHMcAuley) after she turned in a third-place finish in the pole vault, clearing 3.08 meters.

OHIO WESLEYAN finished fourth out of eight teams on both the men’s and women’s side last weekend at the Amy Adams Memorial Invitational, hosted by Muskingum. Junior Nick Horton (Westerville, OH/North) won the 2000-meter steeplechase in a meet-record 6:29.23 to highlight the men’s performances. Sophomore Rachel Bush (Mount Gilead, OH/Mount Gilead) and senior Sarah Fowler (Mount Vernon, OH/Fredericktown) won events on the women’s side. Bush won the 400-meter hurdles in 1:08.14, while Fowler took first in the 2000-meter steeplechase in a stadium-record 7:10.52.

WABASH competed at the Indiana Wesleyan University Polar Bear Open to start the outdoor season last Saturday. Senior Cole Seward (Terre Haute, IN/North Vigo) won the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 55.55. He also placed seventh in the 110-meter high hurdles by crossing the line in 15.74 and fifth in the long jump with a leap of 5.79 meters. Mason McKinney (Lafayette, IN/McCutcheon) won the 3000-meter steeplechase with a time of 9:52.32, finishing 16 seconds ahead of teammate Aaron Tincher (Martinsville, IN/Martinsville) in second with a time of 10:08.97.

DEPAUWKENYON and WOOSTER were idle last week.