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NCAC Weekly Release - (4-17-17) - Outdoor Track & Field

Ohio Wesleyan Senior Colin McShane
Ohio Wesleyan Senior Colin McShane

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The Ohio-based NCAC track & field squads competed at Ohio Wesleyan last Saturday for the annual All-Ohio Championships, while DePauw hosted Wabash and a grouping of HCAC institutions for the Indiana Division III Championships in Greencastle, Indiana. League squads will return to the circuit this weekend, led by Kenyon hosting its annual home invitational on Saturday in Gambier.

ALLEGHENY competed at the non-scoring Bucknell Outdoor Classic over the weekend at Div. I Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania. Senior Dan Cheung (Northbrook, IL/Glenbrook North) broke a 12-year old school record in the 10,000 meter run with a career-best time of 29:53.78 to place first among D-III runners in the race. Junior Carter Smith (Cranberry Twp., PA/Eden Christian) turned in a time of 3:57.43 in the 1,500, also the best mark in the NCAC this season, while junior Andre Bryan (Edison, NJ/Edison) led all D-III runners in the 100-meter dash with a time of 11.23 seconds. On the women’s side, Senior S.J. Guillaume (Ridgefield, CT/Ridgefield) turned in a personal-best time of 17:27.40 in the 5,000 meter run, the best time in the event this season in the NCAC, while classmate Natasha Brigham (Harborcreek, PA/Harbor Creek) led the Gator throwing contingent with a throw of 38.64 meters in the javelin, tops among all D-III throwers on the day and the second-best effort this season in the NCAC.

DEPAUW hosted WABASH and a grouping of HCAC institutions for the Indiana Div. III Championships on Saturday in Greencastle. Rose-Hulman won the men’s title with 211.5 points, while Wabash finished second with 179 points and DePauw finished fourth with 94.5 points. Hanover took home first-place on the women’s side with 153 points, while DePauw finished fifth with 107 total points. Wabash junior Hayden Baehl (Haubstadt, IN/Gibson Southern) was named the meet’s Most Valuable Men’s Track Athlete after scoring an individual victory in the 800-meter run with a time of 1:58.01. He captured second place in the 1500-meter run with a time of 4:08.07. Tigers freshman Jordan Booker (Rosenberg, TX/Episcopal) won the 400-meter dash in a school-and meet-record time of 48.48 seconds. Booker was also fifth in the high jump (1.74m). Picking up wins for the Tigers on the women’s side were Haley Thompson (Oak Park, IL/Oak Park-River Forest) in the 10,000 meters in 40:42.62, Kaitlyn Daanen (Kokomo, IN/Northwestern) in the 200 meters in 26.99 and Natalie Gruszka (Valparaiso, IN/Valparaiso) in the 800 meters (2:24.12).

OHIO WESLEYAN hosted DENISONKENYON,OBERLINWITTENBERGWOOSTER and Ohio-based Div. III institutions from the OAC and HCAC for the annual All-Ohio Championships on Saturday in Delaware. Ohio Wesleyan compiled 134.5 points, giving the Bishops their third-straight outdoor All-Ohio championship men’s title. Wittenberg finished eighth (54.5), Denison was 10th (33), Oberlin was 13th (20.5), Wooster was 15th (12.5) and Kenyon was 16th (7) to round out the other NCAC participants. On the women’s side, Ohio Wesleyan compiled 111 points, giving the Bishops their second-straight outdoor All-Ohio championship, followed by Oberlin in second (94), Wittenberg in seventh (59), Denison in 10th (35), Kenyon in 11th (23) and Wooster in 12th (22). The OWU men’s team was led by sophomore Kevin Jones (Delaware, OH/Marengo Highland), who won the 800- and 1,500-meter runs in respective times of 1:55.97 and 4:04.98. OWU’s Ifa Abduljelil (Whitehall, OH/Whitehall-Yearling) finished second in the 110-meter hurdles in 14.62 and finished second in the 400-meter hurdles (56.01). Senior Sarah Fowler (Mount Vernon, OH/Fredericktown) and Junior Amanda Clay (Van Wert, OH/Van Wert) won events to lead the Bishops on the women’s side. Fowler won the 5,000-meter run in 18:04.76 and Clay won the long jump with a leap of 5.74m. Wittenberg senior Cody Shutt (Columbus, OH/Hilliard Davidson) came in a close second at 48.95 seconds in the 400-meters and ran a leg on the third-place (3:19.48) 4x400 relay team to lead the Tigers on the men’s side. Freshman Tyra Barnes (Austintown, OH/Austintown Fitch) was outstanding in her first All-Ohio outdoor meet, finishing second in both the 200- (26.02) and 400-meter (57.22) along with running a leg on the second-place 4x100 relay (49.02) and the winning 4x400 relay (3:56.06). Denison sophomore David Carter (New Albany, OH/Westminster (CT)) posted the best finish for the Big Red after placing second in the triple jump with a leap of 14.21 meters to lead the men’s team. Sophomore sprinter Ajai Brooks (Washington, DC/Washington Latin Public Charter School) paced the Big Red on the women’s side, breaking the meet record in the 100-meter dash with a winning time of 11.74, besting the previous school mark set in 2009. Brooks also took first in the 200 with a time of 25.22. Oberlin sophomore Grant Sheely (Dobbs Ferry, NY/Dobbs Ferry) placed third in the 3,000-meter steeplechase as he flew through the track in 9:47.72, while junior Ana Richardson (Eugene, OR/South Eugene) won the hammer throw with an All-Ohio record mark of 48.72 meters to lead the Yeowomen to a fourth-place finish. Wooster sophomore Jacob Denbeaux (Hillsdale, NJ/Pascack Valley) earned his second career All-Ohio certificate with a runner-up finish in the 1500 (4:05.99), while classmate Jack Petrecca (Willowick, OH/Eastlake North) cleared a season-best 1.88m in the high jump to place fifth. Sophomore Carolyn Webster (Fredericktown, OH/Fredericktown) earned a pair of All-Ohio certificates on the weekend. She reached a season-best 5.57m to earn a runner-up finish in the long jump, and later took second in the high jump (1.66m), with both measurements currently ranking in the top-20 in Div. III. The Lords’ top performer was sophomore Isak Davis (Richmond, VA/Geneva School) who claimed fifth place in the 1,500-meter race (4:06.43) and also 11th place in the 800-meter (2:01.13). The Ladies’ best individual finish came from freshman Tate Serletti (Wynnewood, PA/Harriton), who took second in the 3,000-meter steeplechase (11:59.22).