It was a busy week for NCAC track & field as all nine teams were in action, highlighted by Wooster hosting Kenyon, Oberlin and Ohio Wesleyan for its annual classic. NCAC track & field continues in the week ahead, led by Ohio Wesleyan hosting its annual Marv Frye Invitational.
ALLEGHENY DEPAUW, WABASH and WITTENBERG competed at the Centre College Open on Saturday and Sunday in Danville, Kentucky. In the final men’s standings, Case Western won the event with 122 points. The top NCAC finisher was Wabash in fourth (59.50) followed by Wittenberg (7th), Allegheny (8th) and DePauw finishing in 11th. Ohio Northern won the women’s title with 168 points with Allegheny and Wittenberg tied as the top NCAC finisher in 8th followed by DePauw in 11th. Wabash junior PJ Shafer (Crawfordsville, IN/Crawfordsville) scored 14.5 of the Little Giants’ 59.5 points with three top-five individual finishes. He placed third in the long jump (6.46 meters; 21-2.50), fourth in the triple jump (12.91m), and tied for fifth in the high jump (1.84m). Wabash added second-place efforts from Luke Doughty (Huntington, IN/Huntington North) in the 3000-meter steeplechase (9:57.81), Hayden Baehl (Haubstadt, IN/Gibson Southern) in the 800-meter run (1:56.09), and Cole Seward (Terre Haute, IN/North Vigo) in the 400-meter hurdles (55.89). Wittenberg junior Tyler Gittins (Westerville, OH/Columbus Academy) ran the 110 meter-hurdles in 15.53 seconds, good for sixth-place to lead the Tigers. Allegheny was led by its distance contingent. In the 5,000 meter run, the Gators had three of the top four finishers. Carter Smith (Cranberry Twp., PA/Eden Christian) led the way, placing second in 14:56, while Dan Cheung (Northbrook, IL/Glenbrook North) placed third in 15:00. DePauw’s Tyler Nemeth (Terre Haute, IN/Terre Haute North) placed second in the pole vault to lead the Tigers. Women’s highlights included Allegheny senior SJ Guillaume (Ridgefield, CT/Ridgefield) earning a convincing seven-second victory in the 5,000 meter run, turning in a career-best time of 17:28.48, the third-fastest time in program history and the fastest mark in the NCAC in the event this season. Wittenberg freshman Tyra Barnes (Austintown, OH/ Austintown Fitch) finished second in the 200-meter dash with a time of 25.94. Barnes also ran a leg on the third-place 4x100 relay that crossed the line in 50.10 seconds. DePauw senior Claudia Monnett (Cloverdale, IN/Cloverdale) was second in the 5,000 meters (17:35.99), while Tori Flowers (Granville, OH/Granville) did the same in the 3,000-meter steeplechase (12:09.59).
DENISON traveled south for Birmingham Southern’s Hilltop Classic, with the men finishing third and the women fifth. Sophomore Isaac Reed (Upland, CA/ Oak Hills) paced Denison with a victory in the 110 M hurdles. Reed turned in a personal-best time of 15.95. On the women’s side, sophomore sprinter Ajai Brooks (Washington, DC/Washington Latin Public Charter School) picked up a pair of victories which included re-setting her own school record in the 100 dash on Saturday. Brooks won the 100-meter event with a time of 11.93, eight hundredths of a second faster than her previous school mark.
WOOSTER hosted KENYON, OBERLIN and OHIO WESLEYAN along with a number of other Ohio area schools for the Wooster invite. Mount Union won both the men’s and women’s team titles with Oberlin finishing third, Ohio Wesleyan fifth, Wooster sixth and Kenyon ninth on the women’s side. Ohio Wesleyan was the top NCAC men’s finishing squad at third, while Oberlin finished fifth, Wooster sixth and Kenyon 10th. Yeowomen freshman Jasmine Keegan (Maplewood, NJ/Columbia HS) won the discus throw with a mark of 41.42 meters and finished fourth in the shot put with a toss of 11.57 meters. Junior Emily Brown (New Concord/John Glenn) won the triple jump with an effort of 10.61 meters to lead OWU. Wooster sophomore Carolyn Webster (Fredericktown, OH/Fredericktown) won the long jump with a leap of 5.00m, and was the runner-up in the high jump, clearing 1.57m. Grace Moses (Great Falls, VA/Potomac School) had Kenyon’s top mark coming in third place during the 1,500-meter run with a time of 4:57.73. On the men’s side, OWU sophomore Quinton Broomfield (Gahanna, OH/Lincoln) won the 400-meter hurdles in 56.68 and added a fifth-place finish in the 110-meter hurdles to lead the Bishops. Yeomen James Tanford (Bloomington, IN/Bloomington South) had a strong showing, winning the 400-meters (51.24) and earning third in the 200 (23.03). Wooster sophomore Jacob Denbeaux (Hillsdale, NJ/Pascack Valley) won the 1500 meters, crossing the finish at 4:07.92. Tanner Orr (Shelby, OH/Shelby) had Kenyon’s best individual finish taking third place among 13 competitors in the long jump with a mark of 6.29 meters.