The first scoring events of the 2018 NCAC Track & Field championships will be conducted this weekend, April 28-29, at Oberlin. The men will compete in the decathlon, while the women will participate in the heptathlon. The 2018 NCAC Track & Field Championships will then be contested the following weekend, May 5-6, at Allegheny.
ALLEGHENY took part in the Penn State-Behrend Open as its final tune-up before the NCAC Championships. Bennett Falck (Northfield, MN/Northfield) led the way for the sprinters, placing third in a field of 22 in the 200 with a time of 22.86 seconds. Other third-place finishes belonged to Louis McUmber (Meadville, PA/Meadville) in the 1,500 with a time of 4:15.95 and Seth Conard (Cuyahoga Falls, OH/Woodridge) in the 5,000 (15:57.39). The women were paced by the mid-distance contingent in Erie. In the 1,500, Claire Morrison (Cheswick, PA/Deer Lakes) and Sarah Lucas (Monongahela, PA/Ringgold) placed second and third, respectively, with times of 5:10.06 and 5:17.12. Tori Valachovic (Bridgeville, PA/South Fayette) earned runner-up honors in the 100 meter hurdles with a time of 16.47 seconds, while Kara Travers (Philadelphia, PA/Abington) took third in the 800 (2:25.58) and Liz Debich (Kittanning, PA/Leechburg) fourth in the shot put with a throw of 11.63 meters.
DEPAUW competed at the Rose-Hulman Twilight Meet on Friday. DePauw totaled 17 points in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, led by a stadium record from Polo Burguete (El Paso, TX/Culver Academies) who won in 9:20.55. Samuel Voelz (New Palestine, IN/New Palestine) was second in the 800 meters at Rose-Hulman and his time of 1:52.56 broke the school record of 1:53.74 set by Scott Shafer in 1968. Kamal Apatira (West Chester, OH/Cincinnati Country Day) turned in a second-place showing in the long jump (6.39m). Leading the women’s team was Tori Flowers (Granville, OH/Granville) with a second-place finish in the steeplechase at Rose-Hulman in 11:58.43 as the Tigers picked up 17 points in the event with an additional third and sixth place finish.
KENYON hosted DENISON, OBERLIN, WITTENBERG and WOOSTER for its annual Spring Invitational on Saturday. Oberlin earned the women’s team championship with 196 points, while Kenyon was second (141.5), Wooster third (123.5), Wittenberg fifth (91) and Denison sixth (48). Mount Vernon Nazarene captured the men’s title with 128 points, followed by Wooster in second (127), Kenyon in third (113), Oberlin in fourth (96), Wittenberg in fifth (88) and Denison in sixth (80). The Oberlin women won the Kenyon Spring Invitational with 196 points, while All-American Lilah Drafts-Johnson (Melrose, MA/Melrose) ran at Ohio State with fellow All-American throwers Ana Richardson (Eugene, OR/South Eugene) and Monique Newton (Sacramento, CA/Rancho Cordova) competing at Rice University. Drafts-Johnson headlined the weekend by posting the top time in the nation in the 400-meter hurdles as she became the only person in Division III to go under 60 seconds in the event with a school-record time of 59.84. Yeomen freshman Adriano Atallah (New Rochelle, NY/Regis) earned a victory in the 400-meter hurdles, clocking in at 57.51 to top the seven-runner field, while junior Hank Sinn (Latty, OH / Wayne Trace) earned another Yeomen victory in the hammer as his toss bested the 14-person field by nearly three feet with a mark of 50.53m. There were five different event wins which helped the Ladies earn a second-place team finish. Jonah Edwards (Charlotte, NC/ Providence Day) was the only Kenyon Lady to win multiple events on Saturday as she claimed first in the 100- and 200-meter dash events with winning times of 12.33 and 25.20, respectively. Grace Moses (Great Falls, VA/ Potomac School) took home first place in the 1,500-meter run in a time of 4:47.46. Colton Orr (Shelby, OH/Shelby) and Jordan Potter (Minneapolis, MN/ The Blake School) highlighted the day for the Lords. Orr won the 110-meter hurdles (15.59) and Potter was victorious in the shot put (14.28m) and discus (43.75m). Wooster junior Carolyn Webster (Fredericktown, OH/Fredericktown) was a double-winner in the high jump (1.57m) and long jump (5.39), while first-year Jena Copley (LaGrange, OH/Keystone) went 31.46m in the javelin throw, a mark in the top-five in the NCAC. Wooster collected four blue ribbons on the men’s side, two of which came in the jumps. Junior Jack Petrecca (Willowick, OH/North) placed first in the high jump by clearing 1.85m, while first-year Drake Pence (Lexington, OH/East Knox) delivered a strong showing of 11.97m in his first time competing in the triple jump. The Denison women were led by Phoebe Osterhout (East Greenwich, RI/East Greenwich) with a fourth-place finish in the 800-meters (2:26.52) and Sydney Chandler (Saline, MI/Saline) turning in a fourth-place finish in the 400-meter hurdles (1:11.11). Leading the way for the Big Red men was sophomore Bryce Stricker (Mason, OH/Moeller) who broke his own school record with a second place finish in the hammer throw with a new PR distance of 162’11” (49.66 meters). James Dixie (Fort Wayne, IN/Concordia Lutheran) also led DU with a first place finish in the javelin throw at Kenyon, reaching a mark of 49.32 meters.
OHIO WESLEYAN traveled to Baldwin Wallace’s Sparky Adams Invite on Saturday where OWU won the men’s team title with 143 points and BW won the women’s title with 148 points. OWU finished second on the women’s side with 130 team points. Freshman Marquis Sena (Bronx, N.Y./Institute for Math & Science) won the 100-meter dash in 10.98 seconds and anchored the 4x100 meter relay that won in a time of 43.04. Sophomore Megan Sievers (Strongsville, OH/Strongsville) and sophomore Cirrus Robinson (Ashland, OH/Ashland) won events to highlight the women’s team. Sievers won the long jump with a leap of 5.49m and Robinson won the high jump by clearing 1.62m.
WABASH sent two small contingents to separate meets over the weekend. One group finished 11th at the Rose-Hulman Friday night Twilight Meet. The second group placed 10th out of 14 teams at the Indiana Little State Championships at Indiana Wesleyan University. Colin Rinne (Westfield, IN/Westfield) won the 3,000-meter steeplechase with a career-best time of 9:27.68. Ra’Shawn Jones (Indianapolis, IN/Lawrence Central) improved his time in the 110-meter hurdles, finishing second at Little State with a career-best time of 14.51 to tie for the eighth-fastest time this season in Division III.