The first scoring events of the 2017 NCAC Track & Field championships will be conducted this weekend, April 29-30, at Oberlin. The men will compete in the decathlon, while the women will participate in the heptathlon. The 2017 NCAC Track & Field Championships will then be contested the following weekend, May 5-6, at DePauw.
DEPAUW and WABASH both competed at the Rose-Hulman Twilight Meet on Friday. Rose-Hulman won the women’s title with 157 points, while DePauw finished fifth (77). Rose-Hulman also captured the men’s title with 199 points, DePauw was fourth (78) and Wabash was fifth (69). A pair of DPU women posted first-place finishes to lead the Tigers, including Claudia Monnett (Cloverdale, IN/Cloverdale) in the 3,000-meter run in 10:28.04, while Natalie Gruszka (Valparaiso, IN/Valparaiso) collected the other win after leading the 800 meter field in 2:20.76. Tiger sophomore Paul Christian (Glen Ellyn, IL/Glenbard West) set a Rose-Hulman Cook Stadium record in winning the 3,000-meter run in 8:42.22. Little Giants senior Mason McKinney (Lafayette, IN/McCutcheon) turned in the 22nd fastest time of the year in Division III to win the 1500-meter run at 3:54.07. RaShawn Jones (Indianapolis, IN/Lawrence Central) broke the tape in the 110-meter hurdles at 15.12 to win that event.
KENYON hosted ALLEGHENY, DENISON, OBERLIN and WOOSTER for its annual Spring Invitational on Saturday. Oberlin earned the women’s team championship with 261 points, while Wooster was second (112), Kenyon third (85), Wittenberg fourth (81), Denison sixth (61) and Allegheny seventh (20). Wooster captured the men’s title with 146.5 points, followed by Wittenberg in second (138), Oberlin in third (115.5), Kenyon in fourth (100), Denison in fifth (84) and Allegheny in seventh (27). Nine individual victories lifted the Yeowomen to the team title, led by Madeleine Weiland (Armonk, NY/Byram Hills) winning the grueling 3,000-meter steeplechase with a time of 11:43.45. On the men’s side, Oberlin was lead by the first-place finishes of the Yeomen 4x400 relay squad (3:25.93), James Tanford (Bloomington, IN/Bloomington South) in the 200-meter dash (22.75) and Hank Sinn’s (Latty, OH/Wayne Trace) performance in the hammer throw (52.22). Wooster’s depth was on full display as a well-balanced effort paved the way for the Scots on their way to the team title. In the 3000-meter steeplechase, sophomore David Westcott (Lake Forest, IL/Millbrook NY) earned top honors with the winning time of 9:47.90, with senior Alex Chabraja (Indianapolis, IN/International School of Indiana) backing that up with the runner-up time of 9:53.04. Sophomores Brian Lief (Shaker Hts., OH/Shaker Heights) and Jacob Denbeaux (Hillsdale, NJ/Pascack Valley) won the 800 (1:58.34) and 1500 (4:10.65), while in field events, individual first-place honors were turned in by sophomore Jarrett Art (Newcomerstown, OH/Ridgewood) in the long jump (6.41m) and classmate Jack Petrecca (Willowick, OH/Eastlake North) in the high jump (1.90m). First-year Akwia Tilton (Southfield, MI/Roeper School) earned triple-winner status to led the Scots women’s efforts. She won the triple jump (5.12m), before topping the field in the 100 (12.72) and 200 (26.35) meter dashes. The Ladies had a total of 21 top-10 finishes, led by junior Devron Martin (Mill Valley, CA/Marin Academy) and senior Claire Naughton (Mundelein, IL/Mundelein). Martin won the triple jump with a measurement of 11.07 meters and Naughton won the 5,000-meter race in a time of 19:05.60. The Lords rang up 11 top-three finishes with the lone event win coming from junior Colton Orr (Shelby, OH/Shelby), who took first in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 15.52. The Big Red women were led by Arlesha Cospy (Trotwood, OH/Trotwood-Madison) after posting top-4 performances in three different events. She was runner-up in both the shot put (11.61m) and discus (43.75m), while also finishing fourth in the hammer (41.03m). On the men’s side, freshman James Dixie (Fort Wayne, IN/Concordia Lutheran) led the way, winning the triple jump after posting a combined leap of 12.91 meters. He also finished third in the javelin (43.88m). Allegheny’s top effort came in the 5,000 meter run, as sophomore Matt Svetz (Meadville, PA/Meadville) placed first in 15:56.26, and freshman Seth Conard (Cuyahoga Falls, OH/Woodridge) earned second in 15:58.68. On the women’s side, junior Amanda Wildt (North Tonawanda, NY/North Tonawanda) placed fourth in the 100 meter dash with a time of 13.35 seconds, while freshman Raina Gorman (Monongahela, PA/Ringgold) turned in a fourth-place finish in the 400 meter dash at 1:03.25.
OHIO WESLEYAN traveled to Baldwin Wallace’s Sparky Adams Invite on Saturday where Mount Union won the men’s team title with 194.5 points and BW won the women’s title with 116 points. OWU finished seventh (49) on the men’s side and fifth (72) on the women’s side. Senior Stephen Coldren (Phoenix, AZ/Thunderbird) won the 800-meter run in 1:55.99 to lead the men’s team. Other standouts for the Bishops included junior Nate Newman (Chillicothe, OH/Zane Trace), who placed second in the high jump; senior Ifa Abduljelil (Whitehall, OH/Whitehall-Yearling), who finished third in the 110-meter hurdles; and junior Westin Short (Wilmington, OH/Wilmington), who placed third in the pole vault. Freshman Cirrus Robinson (Ashland, OH/Ashland) won the high jump, clearing 1.71m and added an eighth-place finish in the 400-meter dash to highlight the women’s team. Other highlights for the Bishops included junior Kelsie Steinmetz (Toledo, OH/Notre Dame Academy), who finished third in the pole vault and the javelin; freshman Morgan Smith (Tiffin, OH/Calvert), who placed third in the 800-meter run.