Five NCAC squads-Denison, Kenyon, Oberlin, Wittenberg and Wooster-will compete at the Fighting Scots Invitational this weekend in Ohio as the indoor schedule continues. In all, eight of the nine programs will be competing, with Allegheny and Ohio Wesleyan traveling to the SPIRE Midwest Open and Wabash competing at the Engineer Invitational, hosted by Rose-Hulman.
ALLEGHENY returned to the track at the Carnegie Mellon Invitational at the SPIRE Institute with the men finishing eighth and the women taking fourth. The throwing and distance contingents led the way on the men’s side as sophomore Kurtis Williams (New Brighton, PA/New Brighton) placed second in the shot put (14.27m) and fourth in the weight with a career-best throw of 15.32 meters. Senior Christian Miranda (New Canaan, CT/New Canaan) led the way for the Gators in the weight, placing second with a mark of 15.73 meters. On the track, senior Dan Cheung (Northbrook, IL/Glenbrook North) set a new personal mark in the one-mile run with a third-place time of 4:22.79. The women turned in eight top-four finishes, led by sophomore Emily Forner (Beaver, PA/Beaver Area), topping the 35-runner field in the 3,000-meter run with a time of 10:19.94. Senior Amanda Balzer (Canonsburg, PA/Chartiers Houston) took second in the 60 meter hurdles with a time of 9.21 seconds.
DENISON opened the 2017 Indoor season with its annual Lid-Lifter Meet at the Mitchell Athletic Center. On the men’s side, the Big Red finished third, highlighted by sophomore Niall Clancey (West Windsor, NJ/West Windsor South) winning the mile with a time of 4:38.54. Sophomore David Carter (New Albany, OH/Westminster (CT)) won the triple jump after posting a winning mark of 13.60 meters. Bryce Stricker (Mason, OH/Moeller) set a new school record in the weight throw with a toss of 12.09 meters. On the women’s side, The Big Red posted five victories en route to a second place finish. Junior Arlesha Cospy (Trotwood, OH/Trotwood-Madison) won the weight throw with a top mark of 14.71 meters and the shot put with a toss of 12.13 meters. Hannah Hall (New Richmond, OH/New Richmond) cleared 1.57 meters on the high jump that earned her a top spot while sprinter Ajai Brooks (Washington, DC/Washington Latin Public Charter School) won the 200-meter dash (26.19). Anna Fash (Wooster, OH/Wooster) collected Denison’s final win in the 3,000-meter run after breaking the tape in 11:08.80.
With not everyone on campus during Winter Term, DEPAUW opened the season with a pair of sixth-place team showings at Rose-Hulman’s Friday Night Invitational. Nate Baker (English, IN/Crawford County) scored in two events after finishing third in the shot put (13.36m) and seventh in the weight throw (14.27m). Zach Batt (Stafford, VA/North Stafford) turned in a third-place finish in the mile in 4:30.20. The women were paced by Claudia Monnett’s (Cloverdale, IN/Cloverdale) win in the 3,000-meter run (10:43.56).
KENYON sophomore Isak Davis (Richmond, VA/Geneva School) won the mile run and helped the Lords post a total of 55 points at Wooster Tri-Meet. Davis also ran a leg on the Lords’ winning 4x400 relay team, but his efforts were not enough, as the Lords had to settle for a third-place team finish. The Ladies tallied 34 team points and finished third. Kenyon’s top performer was freshman Chloe Hannah-Drullard (Philadelphia, PA/George School), who placed third in the shot put (10.08m) and fifth in the weight throw (8.91m).
OBERLIN traveled to Tiffin to compete in the non-scoring Tiffin Dragon Open. James Tanford (Bloomington, IN/Bloomington South) registered a top-10 finish in the 400-meters with a timestamp of 52.29. On the women’s side freshman Shannon Wargo (LaGrange, OH/Keystone) bested a 29-runner field in the mile, clocking in at 5:28.30 to claim the top sport by nearly four seconds.
OHIO WESLEYAN senior Brian Burnett (Hamilton, OH/Cincinnati Country Day) won two events and helped a relay team to a win as OWU won the team title at the Wooster Tri-Meet. Burnett won the 60- and 200-meter dashes in respective times of 7.14 and 23.66, while also running a leg on the 4x200 relay that crossed the line in 1:32.46. The OWU women claimed its second first-place finish of the year at the Wooster Tri, led by freshman Cirrus Robinson (Ashland, OH/Ashland) winning the high jump by clearing 1.68 meters which is a field house record. She also ran a leg on the winning 800-meter relay team that turned in a time of 1:32.46.
WABASH competed at the non-scoring University of Indianapolis Collegiate Challenge Saturday afternoon. The Little Giants turned in eight top-ten performances, led by junior Hayden Baehl (Haubstadt, IN/Gibson Southern) winning the 800-meter run with a season-best time of 1:58.26. Cole Seward (Terre Haute, IN/North Vigo) placed third in the 400-meters by finishing in 52.08.
WITTENBERG finished second of 10 men’s teams at the Denison Lid-Lifter behind the first-place effort of D’Anthony Dorsey (Winter Haven, FL/Lakeland) in the weight throw with a school-record toss of 15.38 meters. On the women’s side, the Tigers fourth-place team finish was highlighted by a first place finish in the 4x400 meter-relay, as Katelyn McCohn (Springfield, OH/Northeastern), Tyra Barnes (Austintown, OH/Austintown Fitch), Alexis Gray (Washington Courthouse, OH/Washington Courthouse) and Alaina Longshore (Columbus, OH/Franklin Heights) turned in a finals heat of 4:06.95. Longshore continued to impress in her Tiger career, turning in a second-place finish in the finals of the 400 meter-dash at 1:01.67.
WOOSTER teams each finished in second-place, as the Fighting Scots made their 2017 home debut by hosting a tri-meet featuring three NCAC teams. The men turned in three first-place finishes, led by sophomore Jacob Denbeaux (Hillsdale, NJ/Pascack Valley) cruising to a near 18-second win with the first-place time of 9:33.75 in the 3,000-meters. Sophomore Jack Petrecca (Willowick, OH/Eastlake North) cleared 1.94 meters in the high jump for the win. The women also turned in three first-place finishes, including Summer Robinson’s (Chapel Hill, NC/Scotch Plains-Fanwood) winning the triple jump at 10.06 meters in her first collegiate meet.