The Ohio-based NCAC track & field squads competed at Otterbein last Saturday for the annual All-Ohio Championships, while DePauw hosted Wabash and 11 other institutions for the DePauw Invitational. League squads will return to the circuit this weekend, led by Kenyon hosting its annual home invitational on Saturday in Gambier.
ALLEGHENY was busy over the weekend, sending student-athletes to Grand Valley State for “The Big Meet” Invite on Friday and then competed at the unscored Tiffin Dragons Invitational on Saturday. At Grand Valley State, senior Dan Cheung (Northbrook, IL/Glenbrook North) placed 13th overall, and first among non-Division I runners, in the 5,000 with a career-best time of 14:36.34, the top time in the event by an NCAC runner this season. On Saturday, the distance contingent led the way for the Gators, highlighted by their performance in the mile run. Junior Carter Smith (Cranberry Twp., PA/Eden Christian) placed second overall with a time of 4:21.12, one place ahead of classmate John Hughes (Cold Spring, NY/Haldane), who posted a time of 4:23.92. On the women’s side, sophomore Emily Forner (Beaver, PA/Beaver Area) highlighted the Gators at GVS, posting a time of 10:22.23 in the 3,000-meter run to lead all Division III runners in the field. At Tiffin a day later, the Gators again excelled at the 3,000-meters, placing three runners in the top 10 of the 33-runner field, led by senior Monica Patrick (Salem, OH/South Ridge), winning in a time of 10:40.65.
DENISON, KENYON, OBERLIN, OHIO WESLEYAN , WITTENBERG and WOOSTER travelled to Otterbein along with Ohio-based Div. III institutions from the OAC and HCAC for the annual All-Ohio Championships on Saturday. Mount Union captured the men’s title with 175.5 points, while Ohio Wesleyan was third (73.5), Wittenberg 12th (16), Wooster 13th (11.5), Denison 14th (7), Oberlin tied for 16th (4) and Kenyon 18th (1). On the women’s side, Mount Union topped the field with 105 points, followed by Oberlin in fourth (77), Ohio Wesleyan in fifth (73.5), Denison tied for 10th (21), Wittenberg in 12th (19), Kenyon in 14th (9) and Wooster in 17th (4). Ohio Wesleyan senior Stephen Coldren (Phoenix, AZ/Thunderbird) finished second in the 800-meters, crossing the line in 1:57.11 and ran a leg on the fourth-place 4x400 meter relay team to lead the Bishops on the men’s side. OWU also recorded a second-place finish in the 4x200 relay and third-place effort in the DMR. On the women’s side, freshman Cirrus Robinson (Ashland, OH/Ashland) won the high jump by clearing 1.72 meters, breaking the school record set by Juli Althoff in 1990. Senior Sarah Fowler (Mount Vernon, OH/Fredericktown) earned All-Ohio honors in two events, finishing second in the 3,000-meters (10:12.98) and running a leg on the DMR squad that finished second (12:56.94). The Wittenberg men’s team was led by a pair of freshman, Jardyan Mitchem (Springfield, OH/Shawnee) and Tyler Branton (Marysville, OH/Marysville). Mitchem placed seventh in the pole vault (4.10 meters) and Branton turned in a sixth-place finish in the 200-meter dash (22.85). The Wittenberg women were led by senior Olivia Stevens (Danville, IN/Danville Community) after taking home third-place in the 60-meter hurdles in 9.41. Wooster sophomore Jacob Denbeaux (Hillsdale, NJ/Pascack Valley) earned All-Ohio honors with a third-place time of 4:28.31 in the mile. Wooster’s other scoring contributions came from Brian Lief’s (Shaker Hts., OH/Shaker Heights) sixth-place time of 1:58.74 in the 800 and Jack Petrecca’s (Willowick, OH/Eastlake North) co-sixth-place finish of 1.93 meters in the high jump. Carolyn Webster (Fredericktown, OH/Fredericktown) placed seventh in the high jump at 1.60 meters and Summer Robinson (Chapel Hill, NC/Scotch Plains-Fanwood) did likewise in the triple jump at 10.44 meters. Denison’s David Carter (New Albany, OH/Westminster (CT)) took third-place in the men’s triple jump with a mark of 13.34 meters. Sophomore Niall Clancey (West Windsor, NJ/West Windsor South) crossed the finish line in ninth in the mile with a time of 4:32.32 to lead the Big Red on the men’s side. The Big Red women were led by Hannah Hall (New Richmond, OH/New Richmond) and Anna Fash (Wooster, OH/Wooster). Hall reset her own school record after successfully clearing 1.69 meters in the high jump en route to a second-place finish and Fash also posted a top-five finish, taking fourth in the 5,000 meter run with a personal-best time of 18:41.20. Yeomen senior Grant Sheely (Dobbs Ferry, NY/Dobbs Ferry) was the top individual finisher for Oberlin with a sixth-place finish in the 3,000-meters crossing the line in 9:06.69. Junior Lilah Drafts-Johnson (Melrose, MA/Melrose) led the Yeowomen by breaking two school records. Drafts-Johsnon won the 400-meter dash in 57.12 and finished second in the 200 with a time of 25.90. Other highlights included junior Monique Newton (Sacramento, CA/Rancho Cordova) finishing first in the shot put with a toss 13.92 meters, while classmate Ana Richardson (Eugene, OR/South Eugene) won the weight throw with a toss of 17.25 meters. The Kenyon Lords quartet of Kyle Logan (Hampton, VA/Hampton), Kevin Towle (Princeton, NJ/Princeton Day School), Brian Hunca (Larkspur, CA/Redwood) and Alton Barbehenn (Bedford, MA/Bedford) raced in the 4x200-meter relay and came in eighth place with a time of 1:35.60. The Ladies were led by senior Harlee Mallenkopf (Delaware, OH/Rutherford B. Hayes) who placed sixth in the 5,000-meter race (18:59.06).
DEPAUW hosted WABASH and 12 other institutions for the DePauw Invitational as the Little Giants placed second out of 13 teams behind a record-setting performance by junior Hayden Baehl (Haubstadt, IN/Gibson Southern). Baehl broke the Wabash school record in the 600-meter run with a winning time of 1:23.44 to eclipse the former record of 1:23.92 set by Geoff Lambert in 2008. Senior Mason McKinney (Lafayette, IN/McCutcheon) won the 3,000-meter run with a career-best time of 8:32.86. Andrew Saunders (Pittsboro, IN/Tri-West) turned in DePauw’s best finish after placing second in the weight throw (15.00m) to led the Tigers to a fifth-place finish on the men’s side. The women earned a fourth-place finish behind three first-place efforts. Sophomore Gabby Coffing (Lafayette, IN/Harrison) won the 1,000-meters (3:26.62), Haley Thompson (Oak Park, IL/Oak Park-River Forest) took home first in the mile (5:40.93) and Claudia Monnett (Cloverdale, IN/Cloverdale) set a school-record in the 3,000 meters breaking the tape in 10:19.08.