North Coast schools had a busy weekend on the track & field circuit as three league teams hosted home events. The Ohio-based NCAC squads will travel to Ohio Wesleyan this weekend for the All-Ohio Championships, while DePauw will host Wabash and a grouping of HCAC institutions for the Indiana Division III Invitational.
ALLEGHENY took part in the John Homon Invitational on Saturday afternoon at Mount Union. The men’s middle-distance squad highlighted the Gators’ performance, in the 1,500 meter run, seniors John Hughes (Cold Spring, NY/Haldane) and Carter Smith (Cranberry Twp., PA/Eden Christian) finished 1-2, with the former turning in a time of 4:01.86, and the latter 4:03.92. Allen Baugh (Trenton, NJ/New Jersey Christian United) placed sixth in a deep field in the 200 meter dash with a time of 22.93 seconds, while Kurtis Williams (New Brighton, PA/New Brighton) finished fourth of 21 in the hammer throw (45.89 meters), and 10th of 25 in the shot put (13.15 meters). Like their male counterparts, the Gator women shined in the 1,500 meter run, with three runners placing in the top-10 of the 59-athlete field. Olivia Mamula (Cambridge Springs, PA/Cambridge Springs) led the way, finishing second in a career-best time of 4:46.82, while Emily Forner (Beaver, PA/Beaver Area) took fourth (4:52.03) and Jesse Margraf (Mechanicsburg, PA/East Pennsboro) eighth in 4:54.36. In the 100 hurdles, Tori Valachovic (Bridgeville, PA/South Fayette) took fourth in a 19-runner field with a time of 1:07.87,while MacKenzie Robertson (Mechanicsburg, PA/Cumbeland Valley) took third in the triple jump (9.92 meters).
DEPAUW hosted WABASH and five other institutions for the DePauw Invitational with Rose-Hulman taking the title on the men’s side and Illinois Wesleyan winning the title on the women’s side. Wabash finshed second and DePauw earned third, while the Tigers took fifth in the women’s meet. Wabash junior Brady Gossett (Indianapolis, IN/Triton Central) posted victories in both the 100- and 200-meter dashes. He won the 100-meter dash with a season-best time of 11.13. Gossett posted a season-best time of 22.60 to win the 200-meter dash. Ra’Shawn Jones (Indianapolis, IN/Lawrence Central) add two individual victories in the hurdles. He won the 110-meter hurdles with a season-best time of 14.90 and raced to the top spot in the 400-meter hurdles with a season-best time of 57.47. DePauw Individual wins came from Samuel Voelz (New Palestine, IN/New Palestine) in the 800-meters (1:59.53), Zach Batt (Stafford, VA/North Stafford) in the 1,500-meters (3:59.72) and Tyler Nemeth (Terre Haute, IN/Terre Haute North) in the pole vault (4.30m). Natalie Gruszka (Valparaiso, IN/Valparaiso) won both the 800 and 1500-meters to highlight the women’s field. Gruszka topped the 800 field in 2:28.14 and the 1,500 in 5:02.60.
OBERLIN entertained WOOSTER and a few other schools for its annual Bob Kahn Invitational. Oberlin won the women’s team title with 268 points, while Wooster was second with 102 points. Yeowomen sophomore pole vaulter Grace Finney (Grand Forks, ND/Grand Forks Central) highlighted the meet with a school record performance. Finney cleared 3.66-meters, which ranks eighth in the country. Wooster junior Carolyn Webster (Fredericktown, OH/Fredericktown) took home first-place honors in the 100-meter hurdles (16.82) and the long jump (5.12m). First-year Georgia Hopps-Weber (Berea, OH/Berea-Midpark) logged a collegiate-best in the pole vault at 3.36m, and that’s the second-best mark in the event this spring in the conference. In the men’s meet, Oberlin also took home the team title with 193 total points. The Yeomen were led by Adriano Attalah (New Rochelle, NY/Regis) as he was part of three first-place finishes. The freshman won the long jump (6.47m) and was part of the 4x100-meter (43.24) and 4x400-meter (3:27.66) teams. Wooster placed third with 96 total points. Juniors Jack Petrecca (Willowick, OH/North) and David Westcott (Lake Forest, IL/Millbrook (NY)) each logged first-place finishes. Petrecca won the high jump for the second-straight week by clearing 1.85m. Westcott’s 33:49.72 earned the blue ribbon at the Bob Kahn Invitational, and it’s the fourth-fastest time in the event this spring in the conference.
OHIO WESLEYAN hosted DENISON, KENYON and numerous other opponents from Ohio last weekend for the unscored Marv Frye Invitational. OWU sophomore Mike Heeschen (Gettysburg, PA/Gettysburg Area) and junior Darcy Isaiah (Akron, OH/Firestone) won events to highlight the Bishop men. Heeschen won the javelin with a throw of 50.56m. Isaiah won the 800-meter run in 1:56.45. Denison had four, top-five finishers, led by sophomore Bryce Stricker (Mason, OH/Moeller) breaking his previous school record in the hammer throw with a distance of 46.99 meters in fourth place. Kenyon got a pair of top-10 finishes from Jackson Pine (South Burlington, VT/South Burlington) and Tommy Johnson (Pittsboro, NC/Woods Charter). Pine, a senior, claimed fifth place in the javelin with a throw that measured a season-best 46.51m. Johnson, a sophomore, completed the 1,500-meter race in a personal collegiate-best time of 4:09.12, which was good for seventh place. Junior Alyssa Acevedo (Medina, OH/Medina), junior Rachel Bush (Mount Gilead, OH/Mount Gilead), and sophomore Cirrus Robinson (Ashland, OH/Ashland) won events to lead Ohio Wesleyan on the women’s side. Acevedo won the javelin with a throw of 36.02 meters and finished second in the 100-meter dash. Bush won the 800-meter run in 2:22.26 and placed seventh in the pole vault. Robinson won the high jump with a leap of 1.67 meters. The Denison women had five, top-five finishers led by senior Arlesha Cospy (Trotwood, OH/Trotwood-Madison) placing first in the discus throw with a 40.29 meters. The Kenyon Ladies had the most success in the 1,500-meter run as sophomore Grace Moses (Great Falls, VA/Potomac School) finished in a time of 4:48.31 to claim first among 38 runners.
WITTENBERG made its way down the road for the Wilmington College Invitational on Saturday afternoon. The Wittenberg men’s team took fifth-place in the team competition with 70 total points on the day, while the women’s side collected 48 points for a sixth-place finish. Tyler Gittins (Westerville, OH/Columbus Academy) finished 3rd in the 110 hurdles with a time of 15.62 and finished 1st in the 400 hurdles in a time of 54.76. Highlighting the women’s events was Taylor Barnhisel (Cygnet, OH/Elmwood Local School) finishing the 100m hurdles in a time of 16.82 for a fourth-place finish.