North Coast indoor track & field squads wrapped up the 2016 portion of the schedule last week with three teams in action at two different events. Conference teams will return to the circuit in early January, while the 2017 NCAC Indoor Track & Field Championships are set for March 3-4 at Oberlin College.
ALLEGHENY and OBERLIN traveled to Kent, Ohio, over the weekend for the non-scoring Kent State Golden Gala. The two-day meet featured competition against several NCAA Division I and II institutions. Several NCAC men’s athletes shined at the meet, led by Allegheny freshman Sean Parenti (Bridgeville, PA/Chartiers Valley) finishing eighth overall in the men’s 500-meter run with a time of 1:10.41. In addition, Allegheny senior Christian Miranda (New Canaan, CT/New Canaan) was the top Div. III finisher in the men’s weight throw with a heave of 48’01.75”. For Oberlin, freshman Dylan Rogers (Carpentersville, IL/Jacobs) finished 10th overall in the men’s 400-meter run with a time of 50.95, while also running the anchor leg on the Yeomen’s 4x400-meter relay that finished 10th in 3:30.37. On the women’s side, Allegheny senior Amanda Balzer (Canonsburg, PA/Chartiers-Houston) finished fifth overall in the 60-meter hurdles (9.36) as the lone Div. III runner in the finals, while Oberlin junior Monique Newton (Sacramento, CA/Rancho Cordova) finished fourth overall in the women’s shot put after posting the nation’s top effort to date in the event at 49’09.25”. Newton’s distance not only re-set the school record, but it is also the farthest any Div. III female has thrown the shot put in the last three years.
WABASH sent a group of athletes to the University of Indianapolis over the weekend for the UIndy Winter Break Meet. Junior Austin Ellingwood (Pendleton, IN/Pendleton Hts.) turned in the Little Giants’ top performance by finishing third in the 200-meter dash (23.34), while freshman Chandler Steward (Terre Haute, IN/North Vigo) finished sixth overall in the 800-meter run (2:02.61).