DePauw (4-0, 8-14) and Wittenberg (2-0, 9-11) sit atop the conference standings following the opening weekend of NCAC play. The Indiana Tigers picked up sweeps against Wooster (0-2, 7-13) and Hiram (0-2, 7-11), while the Springfield Tigers collected a pair of wins over Allegheny (0-2, 6-9). Conference play continues this week with four NCAC doubleheaders scheduled for Wednesday and three more on Saturday.
DENISON took part at the Carnegie Mellon Invitational in Pittsburgh on Saturday afternoon. The men placed third overall with 131 team points, while the women placed fourth overall. The men’s team totaled eight top three finishes, led by David Carter’s (New Albany, OH/Westminster (CT)) victory in the long jump (6.56m) and Isaac Reed’s (Upland, CA/Oak Hills) win in the 110-meter hurdles (16.14). Ben Foster (Westport, CT/Staples) also added a pair of top-six finishes on the track, placing third in the 1,500-meter run with a PR time of 4:04.60, and sixth in the 800-meter run, also a PR time of 2:00.84. Headlined by 10 top-three finishes, the Big Red women were led by Hannah Hall’s (New Richmond, OH/New Richmond) victory in the High Jump (1.61m) and Arlesha Cospy’s (Trotwood, OH/Trotwood-Madison) wins in the shot put (11.35m) and discus (36.62m).
DEPAUW traveled south for Birmingham Southern’s Hilltop Classic, with the men finishing third and the women fifth. Samuel Voelz (New Palestine, IN/New Palestine) highlighted performances on the men’s side, picking up DePauw’s only win after topping the 800-meter run field in 1:56.09. That marked his second 800-meter win in as many outdoor meets this season. In the women’s meet, Emily Wilson (Zionsville, IN/Zionsville) was second in the high jump (1.60m) as was Riley Hickman (Rensselaer, IN/Rensselaer Central) in the 3,000-meter steeplechase (12:42.64).
OHIO WESLEYAN competed at the Cedarville Yellow Jacket Collegiate Outdoor Open, hosted by Cedarville last Saturday. The men finished third of 10 teams, while the women took home fourth of 12 squads. Senior Nick Horton (Westerville, OH/North) won the 3000-meter steeplechase in 10:09.40 to highlight the men’s performances. On the women’s side, the 400-meter relay team of junior Alyssa Acevedo (Medina, OH/Medina), sophomore Megan Sievers (Strongsville, OH/Strongsville), senior Emily Brown (New Concord, OH/John Glenn), and sophomore Jaliyah Atkinson (Columbus, OH/Groveport Madison) won the 4x100 meter relay breaking the tape in 49.40.
WITTENBERG hosted WABASH and nine other squads for the Coach Rob Invite. Wabash finished second (108), while Wittenberg took home third (86). Little Giants’ highlights included Luke Doughty (Huntington, IN/Huntington North) winning the steeplechase with a career-best time of 9:39.76. Sam Henthorn (Westfield, IN/Westfield) won the 5,000-meter run with his fastest career effort of 15:08.82 and Ra’Shawn Jones (Indianapolis, IN/Lawrence Central) added an individual victory in the 110-meter hurdles by crossing the finish line in 15.10. Wittenberg’s Charles Rodeheffer (Delaware, OH/Olentangy) set a new school record in the men’s 5,000-meter run which stood since 1999 with a second-place finish in 15:04.03. The Wittenberg women’s team finished seventh overall, led by Ryelee Clary (Bellefontaine, OH/Bellefontaine High School) winning the 100-meter hurdles in a time of 15.30 which is currently top in the NCAC.
WOOSTER hosted ALLEGHENY, KENYON, OBERLIN and 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 fourth (63), Kenyon fifth (58), Wooster seventh (53) and Allegheny ninth (33) on the women’s side. Wooster was the top NCAC men’s squad at fifth (48), while Oberlin finished sixth (33), Kenyon seventh (22) and Allegheny eighth (18). Maya English (Chino Hills, CA/Ayala) led the Yeowomen in the throwing events. The sophomore won the hammer (46.62m), placed second in the discus (36.03m) and took sixth in the shot put (10.64m). The Kenyon Ladies had five top-four finishes during the meet, led by Jonah Edwards (Charlotte, NC/Providence Day) and Sophie Niekamp (Akron, OH/Harvey S. Firestone). Edwards finished first in the 400-meter dash (59.69), while Niekamp took home top honors in the 800-meter run (2:23.89). Wooster junior Carolyn Webster (Fredericktown, OH/Fredericktown) contributed three of the Scots’ six top-three finishes with third-place honors in the high jump (1.58m), long jump (5.32m) and 100-meter hurdles (16.60). Freshman Shannon Relihan (McDonald, PA/Fort Cherry) had the Allegheny women’s top finish, as she placed second in the javelin with a throw of 33.60 meters. On the men’s side, Wooster’s David Westcott (Lake Forest, IL/Millbrook (NY)) delivered a career-best showing in the 3,000-meter steeplechase with his 9:55.35 ranking as the top time in the field by nearly 18 seconds. Tanner Orr (Shelby, OH/ Shelby) had Kenyon’s best finish as he posted a third-place mark in the long jump (6.56m). Yeomen Senior James Tanford (Bloomington, IN/Bloomington South finished third in the 400-meters (51.08) and fourth in the long jump (6.46m) to lead Oberlin and Kurtis Williams (New Brighton, PA/New Brighton) turned in a the Gators’ top individual finish, as he placed second in the weight throw with a career-best heave of 47.45 meters.