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. The men’s team was led by the senior duo of John Hughes (Cold Spring, NY/Haldane) and Carter Smith (Cranberry Twp., PA/Eden Christian). The pair each took part in the 1,500 meter run, with Hughes placing second among D-III runners with a time of 3:53.73, and Smith fourth among D-III’s at 3:54.80. Both times rank in the top-11 in NCAA Division-III this season, with Hughes’ mark fourth-best and Smith’s 11th. Gator junior Emily Forner (Beaver, PA/Beaver) placed ninth in the 5,000 meter run with a time of 16:54.73, the second-fastest time in program history, and the eighth fastest 5K by a Division III female this season.
DEPAUW hosted WABASH and a grouping of HCAC institutions for the Indiana Div. III Championships on Saturday in Greencastle. Wabash won the men’s title with 203 points and DePauw finished third with 130 points. Earlham took home first-place on the women’s side with 147 points, while DePauw finished sixth with 73 total points. Wabash sophomore Ra’Shawn Jones (Indianapolis, IN/Lawrence Central) won the 110-meter and 400-meter hurdles titles. His winning time of 14.58 in the 110-meter hurdles is tied for ninth-quickest in Division III. Austin Ellingwood (Pendleton, IN/Pendleton Heights) won the 400-meter dash in 48.90. Luke Doughty (Huntington, IN/Huntington North) posted the fastest time in the 3,000-meter steeplechase to win in the event in 9:27.30. Finally PJ Schafer (Crawfordsville, IN/Crawfordsville) earned 27 points for the Wabash team with top-four finishes in four field events, highlighted by winning the high jump, clearing 1.93m. DePauw freshman Samuel Voelz (New Palestine, IN/New Palestine) collected his fourth 800-meter win of the spring season after finishing in 1:57.47. Senior Polo Burguete (El Paso, Texas/Culver Academies) was the Tigers’ other individual winner as he crossed first in the 10,000 meters (32:30.77). Picking up a win for the Tigers on the women’s side was senior Meghan Hennessey (Williamsport, IN/Seeger Memoral), winning the 10,000 meters in 40:30.36.
OHIO WESLEYAN hosted DENISON, KENYON,OBERLIN, WITTENBERG, WOOSTER and Ohio-based Div. III institutions from the OAC and HCAC for the annual All-Ohio Championships on Saturday in Delaware. Ohio Wesleyan compiled 116.5 points, giving the Bishops their fourth-straight outdoor All-Ohio championship men’s title. Denison finished seventh (43), Wittenberg was 13th (26), Oberlin was 15th (20), Wooster was 17th (6) and Kenyon was T18th to round out the other NCAC participants. On the women’s side, Oberlin took home the team title with 124 points, followed by Ohio Wesleyan in third (100.5), Kenyon in 10th (33), Wittenberg in 13th (17), Wooster in 14th (16) and Denison in 15th (15). The OWU men’s team was led by sophomore Mike Heeschen (Gettysburg, PA/Gettysburg Area) and senior Nate Newman (Chillicothe, OH/Zane Trace) who each won events. Heeschen won the javelin with a throw of 53.60m, his second consecutive All-Ohio title in the event. Newman won the decathlon at last week’s multi-event and finished fourth in the 110-meter hurdles, tied for fifth in the high jump, and tied for sixth in the pole vault during Saturday’s meet. Sophomore Megan Sievers (Strongsville, OH/Strongsville) and sophomore Cirrus Robinson (Ashland, OH/Ashland) won events to lead the Bishops on the women’s side. Sievers won the long jump with a leap of 5.73m and Robinson won the high jump by clearing 1.65m. Denison was led by sophomore Bryce Stricker (Mason, OH/Moeller) who broke his own school record in the hammer throw with a throw of 47.08m to place eight. On the track, sophomore Ben Foster (Westport, CT/Staples) posted a new personal record in the 1,500-meter run with a fourth place time of 4:00.64. Big Red senior Arlesha Cospy (Trotwood, OH/Trotwood-Madison) finished with two, top-10 finishes, placing second in the discus (45.80m) and sixth in the shot put (11.68m) to highlight Denison on the women’s side. Oberlin Grant Sheely (Dobbs Ferry, NY/Dobbs Ferry) won the 3000-meter steeplechase in a career-best time of 9:13.77, which was just shy of the school record and ranks sixth in the country to highlight the Yeomen. Leading the way for the Yeowomen was senior Lilah Drafts-Johnson (Melrose, MA/Melrose), who contributed 28 points to the team score. Drafts-Johnson won the 200-meter with a time of 24.94 seconds. The senior also won the 400 (56.25) and was the second leg in the 4x100 that finished second (49.43). Wooster’s distance crew led the way for the Scots at All-Ohio. Junior Jackson Feinknopf (Columbus, OH/Bexley) crossed the finish at 34:15.99 in the 10,000 meters to place sixth. Classmate David Westcott (Lake Forest, IL/Millbrook (NY)) added a sixth-place finish in the 3,000-meter steeplechase with his 9:43.31 marked a new career-best by over 12 seconds. Wooster junior Carolyn Webster (Fredericktown, OH/Fredericktown) earned her fifth-career All-Ohio certificate with a third-place clearance of 1.60m in the high jump. Webster also had a fourth-place showing in the long jump at 5.46m. Several Kenyon athletes qualified for the All-Ohio Championship, but none of them were able to score team points for the Lords. Senior Jackson Pine (South Burlington, VT/South Burlington) and sophomore Tommy Johnson (Pittsboro, NC/Woods Charter) came closest with ninth-place finishes. Pine logged his ninth-place spot in the javelin and Johnson placed ninth in the 1,500-meter. Ladies senior Jonah Edwards (Charlotte, NC/Providence Day) came through with a win the 100-meter dash, a race she finished in a personal-best 12.21 seconds. Additionally, Edwards claimed the runner-up spot in the 200-meter dash, clocking in with a time of 25.24.