Ohio Wesleyan opened up the 2017 portion of its track schedule by hosting the Ron Althoff Classic and taking home both team titles in impressive fashion. This week Allegheny, Denison and Kenyon will all open up the 2017 portion of the indoor track season as Allegheny and Kenyon are both traveling to Wooster, while Denison is hosting its annual Lid-Lifter.
OBERLIN welcomed WOOSTER and Thiel last Friday for its annual non-scoring Crimson and Gold Invite. In the pole vault on the men’s side, Oberlin sophomores Daniel Muskasa (Riverside, CA/Martin Luther King) and Jahkeem Wheatley (Mount Vernon, NY/Iona Prep) battled it out, both topping out at 4.10m. Wheatley took the win after clearing on his first attempt, while Mukasa needed a second trip down the runway to clear the height. In the circle, it was Chauncey Simmons (Philadelphia, PA/Haverford School) and Hank Sinn (Latty, OH/Wayne Trace) that earned the victories. First, Sinn claimed the weight throw with a mark of 15.05m, the only competitor to eclipse 15-meters. Simmons posted a mark of 12.84m in the shot put for the win and a new personal-best. Wooster turned in a quartet of first-place finishes, including two by senior Conor Maley (Highstown, NJ/Peddie School) who took first in the 60-meter hurdles (10.02) and later teamed with Andrew Gold (New Albany, OH/Bishop Hartley), Nick Lines (Heath, OH/Heath), and Jack Petrecca (Willowick, Ohio/Eastlake North) for first in the 4x400 relay (3:49.26). On the women’s side, Wooster had a top-three finisher in each running event the Scots had an entry in, including senior Taryn Szalay (Wadsworth, OH/Wadsworth) who was first in the 60-meter hurdles (10.46). Oberlin junior Lilah Drafts-Johnson (Melrose, MA/Melrose) impressed by winning four events, including the 200-(27.14) and 400-meter (59.71) dashes. She then ran a leg on the winning 4x200 (1:52.56) and 4x400 (4:19.59) relays. In the shot put, freshman Naeisha McClain (Columbus, GA/Brookstone) bested the field with a mark of 12.87m after junior Ana Richardson (Eugene, OR/South Eugene) took the win in the weight throw with a toss of 16.72m. In her indoor debut, Shannon Wargo (LaGrange, OH/Keystone) earned the victory in the 800m, stopping the clock in 2:28.29.
OHIO WESLEYAN senior Ifa Abduljelil (Whitehall, OH/Whitehall-Yearling), sophomore Quinton Broomfield (Gahanna, OH/Lincoln), senior Stephen Coldren (Phoenix, AZ/Thunderbird) and sophomore Kevin Jones (Delaware, OH/Marengo Highland) each won an event and helped the 4x400 relay team close out the meet with a win as the Bishops won the men’s team title at its own Ron Althoff Classic. Ohio Wesleyan won the meet with 180 points to 133 for Mount Vernon Nazarene. Abduljelil won the 60-meter hurdles in 8.49, Broomfield won the 500-meter run in 1:12.12, Coldren won the 800-meter run in 2:02.38 and Jones won the mile in 4:30.19. Senior Angela Landrum (West Salem, OH/Lodi Cloverleaf) and freshman Cirrus Robinson (Ashland, OH/Ashland) won two events apiece to lead the Bishops to victory on the women’s side. OWU won the meet with 208 points to 92 for Ohio Christian. Landrum won the shot put with a throw of 11.30m and took the weight throw with an effort of 12.47m. Robinson won the 300-meter dash in 45.41 and won the high jump by clearing 1.62m.
WABASH opened its non-scoring Robert H. Johnson Little Giant Invitational home meet last Saturday by breaking the school record in the sprint medley. The foursome of Austin Ellingwood (Pendleton, IN/Pendleton Heights), Miles Barilla (Munster, IN/Munster), Parker Redelman (Carmel, IN/Carmel) and Hayden Baehl (Haubstadt, IN/Gibson Southern) posted a time of 3:36.05 to win the event and break the old Wabash mark of 3:36.35 set in 2004. Senior Cole Seward (Terre Haute, IN/North Vigo) won the 60-meter hurdles finals with a time of 8.77. PJ Schafer (Crawfordsville, IN/Crawfordsville) won the high jump by clearing 1.93 meters.