NCAC Weekly Release (3-19-17) - Outdoor Track & Field

Denison junior David Carter
Denison junior David Carter

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A number of NCAC squads returned to the track to open up the outdoor season, highlighted by DePauw earning a second and sixth-place finish on the men’s and women’s side, respectively, at the Rose-Hulman Early Bird Invite. NCAC track & field continues in the week ahead, led by Ohio Wesleyan and Wittenberg competing at the Dr. Jack Toms Alumni Invite hosted by Lynchburg College.

ALLEGHENY competed at the Muskingum Duals to open the outdoor season last weekend. The Gator men went 2-3, led by Kurtis Williams (New Brighton, PA/New Brighton) who had a trio of top-five finishes. His best finish came in the hammer throw, where he took fourth with a heave of 44.43 meters. Christian Geer (Jenkintown, PA/Jenkintown) finished third in the 800-meter with a time of 2:01.92, while Seth Conard (Cuyahoga Falls, OH/Woodridge) placed eighth in the 1500 (4:19.51) and ninth in the 800 (2:10.01). The women opned by going 3-2 at the duals. A pair of first-year throwers excelled, as Liz Debich (Leechburg, PA/Kiski Area) won the shot put with a throw of 11.09 meters, and Shannon Relihan (McDonald, PA/Fort Cherry) took second in the javelin with a heave of 35.66m.

DENISON competed at the Washington & Lee Carnival Meet in Lexington, Virginia this past Friday and Saturday to open up the outdoor season. The men totaled five top-five finishes and three individual victories. Junior David Carter (New Albany, OH/Westminster) led the charge for the Big Red with two victories, winning the men’s long jump on Friday with a leap of 6.55m and then placing first in the triple jump on Saturday at 14.16m. Senior Arlesha Cospy (Trotwood, OH/Trotwood-Madison) paced the Big Red with two first place finishes, winning the women’s discus on Friday with a throw of 42.74m and then taking the victory in the shot put on Saturday, posting a distance of 11.64m.

Led by a trio of first-place finishes, DEPAUW totaled 99 points and finished second at the Rose-Hulman Early Bird. Rose-Hulman won with 269 points. Victories inclduded Samuel Voelz (New Palestine, IN/New Palestine) in the 800 meters (1:57.87), Luke Patty (Chillicothe, IL/Illinois Valley Central) in the 200 meters (22.66) and Polo Burguete (El Paso, TX/Culver Academies) in the 5,000 meters (14:55.77). On the women’s side, DePauw totaled 59 points and finished sixth among eight schools. Baldwin Wallace won with 187 and Rose-Hulman was second with 143. Natalie Gruszka (Valparaiso, IN/Valparaiso) posted the Tigers’ lone win with a first-place finish in the 800 meters (2:26.35).

KENYON opened the outdoor season at the UNC Charlotte 49ers Classic. The Lords were led by Jordan Potter (Minneapolis, MN/The Blake School) claiming 32nd in the discus with a toss of 38.16m. Senior Jonah Edwards (Charlotte, NC/Providence Day) had the Ladies’ best finish, an 49th place mark in the 100-meter dash, crossing the finish line in 12.59.

OHIO WESLEYAN traveled south to open up the outdoor season at the Emory Open. The men finished 12th out of 36 teams and the women took home 12th of 35 total teams. Men’s highlights included senior Ifa Abduljelil (Whitehall, OH/Whitehall-Yearling) placing in a pair of events, finishing fifth in the 110-meter hurdles in 15.03 and eighth in the 400-meter hurdles. Sophomore Alyssa Acevedo (Medina, OH/Medina) and junior Nicole Rozsa (Silver Lake, OH/Cuyahoga Falls) recorded top-three finishes to lead the Bishops on the women’s side. Acevedo placed second in the javelin with a throw of 38.08 meters. Rozsa tied for second in the pole vault, clearing 3.22 meters.

A small group of WABASH competitors combined to finish seventh out of 10 teams at Saturday’s Rose-Hulman Early Bird Invitational. Ra’Shawn Jones (Indianapolis, IN/North Central) posted the top individual finish for the Little Giants, winning the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 15.64.

WITTENBERG opened the outdoor season at the Muskingum Invite. Highlights on the men’s side included Tyler Gittins (Westerville, OH/Columbus Academy) earning a pair of first-place finishes for Wittenberg, first in the 400 meter hurdles at 57.05 seconds, and then in the 110 meter-hurdles at 16.45 seconds. Kyle Farnbauch (Hilliard, OH/Davidson) also placed in the 110 meter-hurdles, finishing in second with a time of 16.46 seconds.Farnbauch also scored for Wittenberg in the 400 meter hurdles, coming in third place at 1:00.10. Freshman Tyra Barnes (Austintown, OH/Austintown Fitch) paced the Tigers in the 400 meter-dash, claiming first place with a finals time of 1:00.24 to highlight the women’s side.

WOOSTER traveled south during its spring break to compete at the non-scoring Alan Connie Shamrock Invitational last week. On the men’s side, junior Jackson Feinknopf (Columbus, OH/Bexley) logged a personal-best in the 10,000 meters with a 33:06.46, currently the 14th-best time in Div. III on TFRRS. Classmate David Westcott (Lake Forest, IL/Millbrook (NY) clocked in at 10:04.75 in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, a time also in the top-30 in Div. III. Women’s highlights included senior Mackenzie Kellar (Albion, MI/Western) clearing a career-best 10 feet in the pole vault, and is currently tied for 23rd in Div. III in the event. Sophomore Akwia Tilton (Southfield, MI/Roeper School) turned in a strong meet with times of 12.80 in the 100, 26.44 in the 200, and she anchored the Scots’ 4x400 that clocked in at 4:15.56.

OBERLIN, OHIO WESLEYAN and WITTENBERG were idle last week.