North Coast schools had a busy weekend on the track & field circuit as three league teams hosted home events. The Ohio-based NCAC squads will 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 took part in the John Homon Invitational on Saturday afternoon at Mount Union. Senior Christian Miranda (New Canaan, CT/New Canaan) turned in the team’s top individual finish of the afternoon, as he placed sixth overall - and fourth among Division-III athletes - in the javelin with a throw of 51.40 meters. Miranda also paced Allegheny in the hammer throw with a heave of 44.15 meters. Sophomore Kurtis Williams (New Brighton, PA/New Brighton) finished just behind Miranda in the hammer, with a throw of 42.70 meters, while he led the Gators in both the discus (38.29m) and shot put (13.83m). Women’s highlights included senior Amanda Balzer (Canonsburg, PA/Chartiers Housgon) with a time of 15.20 seconds to place second in the 110 meter hurdles. Natasha Brigham (Harborcreek, PA/Harbor Creek) led the way for the Gator field athletes, as she placed second in the javelin with a throw of 37.90 meters, also a new personal best.
DEPAUW was second at its own invitational with three Tigers winning events. Zach Batt (Stafford, VA/North Stafford) won the 1,500 meters in 4:09.86, while Paul Christian (Glen Ellyn, IL/Glenbard West) collected a first in the 5,000 meters (15:38.48) and Kyle Munz (Zionsville, IN/Zionsville) in the 3,000-meter steeplechase (10:19.55). Nate Baker (English, IN/Crawford County) totaled 18 points in three field events with second-place showings in the shot put (13.54m) and hammer (46.82m) and an eighth in the discus (38.83m). Led by a pair of firsts, DePauw totaled 92 points and finished fifth on the women’s side. Kaitlyn Daanen (Kokomo, IN/Northwestern) picked up a win in the 100 meters in 12.70 seconds and was second in the 200 meters (26.98). Haley Thompson (Oak Park, IL/Oak Park-River Forest) was the other DePauw winner as she crossed first in the 5,000 meters in 18:49.46.
OBERLIN entertained WOOSTER and a few other schools for its annual Bob Kahn Invitational. Oberlin won the women’s team title with 363 points, while Wooster was second with 127 points. The Yeowomen dominated the field events, led by Ave Spencer (Goodyear, AZ/Millennium) winning the pole vault (3.50m), Annie Goodridge (Boston, MA/Winsor School) winning triple jump (10.87m) and Naeisha McClain (Columbus, GA/Brookstone) winning the shot put (14.00m). Wooster sophomore Carolyn Webster (Fredericktown, OH/Fredericktown) was a double-winner with victories in the high jump (1.55m) and the long jump (5.43m). Wooster was the top finishing team in the men’s standings in second with 165 points and Oberlin finished third with 163 points. Scots sophomore Jacob Denbeaux (Hillsdale, NJ/Pascack Valley) logged a career-best time in the 800 while leading a pack of 14 runners to the finish with a time of 1:59.18. Freshman Spencer Wilson (Huntsburg, OH/Hawken) had a strong showing in the throws with the runner-up heave of 37.18m, while his top mark of 11.5m was good for fifth-place in the shot put. Yeomen Hannon Ayer (Albany, CA/Albany) and EJ Douglas (Silver Spring, MD/St. Andrews) each earned victories on the track. Ayer won the 1,500-meters in 4:11.89 and Douglas won the 5,000-meters with a time of 15:46.32.
OHIO WESLEYAN hosted DENISON, KENYON and numerous other opponents from Ohio on Sunday for its annual Marv Frye Invitational. Mount Vernon Nazarene won the men’s team title with 108.5 points, while Ohio Wesleyan was third (105), Denison was sixth (49) and Kenyon was tenth (32). Ohio Northern won the women’s title with 161 points, while Ohio Wesleyan was second (138.5), Denison fifth (69) and Kenyon was seventh (56). OWU junior Westin Short (Wilmington, OH/Wilmington) and sophomore Kevin Jones (Delaware, OH/Marengo Highland) each won an event to led the Bishops. Short won the pole vault clearing 4.28m and Jones won the 1,500-meters in 4:01.11. The Big Red got solid performances from Ivan Maldonado (Fort Lee, NJ/Fort Lee) and senior Drake Lohnes (Alliance, Ohio/West Branch) to finish 1-2 in the javelin. Maldonado’s winning throw was 53.97m. David Carter (New Albany, Ohio/Westminster (CT)) took home the triple jump title with a combined leap of 13.72m. Lords sophomore Isak Davis won the 3,000-meter steeplechase in 10:07.07 to highlight the meet for Kenyon. Senior Sarah Fowler (Mount Vernon, OH/Fredericktown) and junior Amanda Clay (Van Wert, OH/Van Wert) won events for Ohio Wesleyan to lead the Bishops on the women’s side. Fowler won the 1500-meter run in 4:44.76 and Clay won the long jump with a leap of 5.42 meters. Denison junior Arlesha Cospy (Trotwood, OH/Trotwood-Madison) and sophomore Ajai Brooks (Washington, DC/Washington Latin Public Charter School) combined for four event titles. Cospy won the shot put with a toss of 12.00m and the discuss with a mark of 46.61m. Brooks took home victories in the 100 and 200-meter events. The sophomore sprinter checked in at 12.06 in the 100 and 26.12 in the 200. Ladies junior Jonah Edwards (Charlotte, NC/Providence Day) finished second in the 200-meter dash (26.48) and fifth-place mark in the 100 (12.61).
WABASH earned 33 top-eight finishes at Saturday’s Big Blue Alumni Invitational at Millikin University to place third out of nine teams at the meet. The Little Giants scored 129 points, trailing champion Greenville (228.5) and second-place Vincennes (146). Parker Redelman (Carmel, IN/Carmel) won the 400-meter dash with a season-best time of 50.80. He also placed third in the 200-meter dash (23.23). Satchel Burton (Tucson, AZ/Flowing Wells) won the 110-meter hurdles with a career-best time of 15.44.
WITTENBERG travelled back to Muskingum University for the Muskie Invitational. The men won the team title and the women finished third. Alexis Gray (Washington Courthouse, OH/Washington Courthouse) won the 800 meters with a meet record time of 2:19.47. On the men’s side, Tyler Branton (Marysville, OH/Marysville) won the 100 meter dash in the meet record time of 11.42.