The first scoring events of the 2017 NCAC Indoor Track & Field championships will be conducted on Saturday February 25th at Wooster. The men will compete in the heptathlon, while the women will participate in the pentathlon. The 2017 NCAC Indoor Track & Field Championships will then be contested the following weekend, March 3-4, at Oberlin.
ALLEGHENY was busy last week, sending individuals to Ohio State on Friday and to the non-scored Mount Union tune-up on Saturday. Friday, Amanda Balzer (Canonsburg, PA/Chartiers Houston) established a new school record in the 60m hurdles with a time of 9.06 seconds in the prelims, and was the lone non-Division-I athlete to qualify for the finals, where she took seventh. On Saturday at Mount Union, the Gators picked up three event wins and a score of top-three performances. In the mile run, sophomore Emily Forner (Beaver, PA/Beaver Area) won in a time of 5:16.91 to win by 18 seconds. In the 5,000 meter run, senior Monica Patrick (Salem, OH/South Range) won in a time of 18:30.04. Sophomore Jen Johnson (Pleasant Hills, PA/Thomas Jefferson) placed first in the triple jump with a leap of 10.89 meters. On the men’s side, the Gators boasted each of the top four finishes in the 3,000 meter run, led by winner Dan Cheung (Northbrook, IL/Glenbrook North), crossing the line in 8:42.91. Christian Miranda (New Canaan, CT/New Canaan) set a new personal record in the weight throw, placing second with a throw of 15.89 meters, while Kurtis Williams (New Brighton, PA/New Brighton) took third in the shot at 14.62 meters.
KENYON hosted DENISON, WITTENBERG, WOOSTER and a grouping of non-conference opponents for its annual Kenyon Classic on Saturday. PSU-Behrend earned the women’s team championship with 106.5 points, while Kenyon was third (103.5), Wooster fourth (73), Wittenberg sixth (47.5), Denison seventh (38.5) and Oberlin was 9th (9). On the men’s side, Wittenberg was the top finishing NCAC school in second with 83 points, followed by Wooster in third (79), Denison in fifth (68), Kenyon in sixth (52) and Oberlin in ninth (1.5). Ladies junior Molly Hunt (San Anslemo, CA/Redwood) produced a first-place finish in the mile run in 5:22.48. That was also a season-best time for the Ladies by nearly nine seconds. Freshman Tate Serletti (Wynnewood, PA/Hariton) came in first in the 3,000-meter run with a time of 10:58.11. Lords sophomore Isak Davis (Richmond, VA/Geneva School) had Kenyon’s only victory during the Classic with a mile time of 4:30. Wooster capped its Saturday at Kenyon with a first-place finish in the 4x400 relay with Regan Szalay (Wadsworth, OH/Wadsworth), Julia Higgins (Middleburg Hts., OH/Berea-Midpark), Emani Kelley (Santa Paula, CA/Ventura) and Mackenzie Kellar (Albion, MI/Western) teaming up to best the field with a time of 4:17.33. Wooster sophomores won three individual titles on the men’s side. Jacob Denbeaux (Hillsdale, NJ/Pascack Valley) won the 3,000 meters at 9:02.73, Brian Lief (Shaker Hts., OH/Shaker Hts.) won the 800 meters at 2:00.41 and Jack Petrecca (Willowick, OH/Eastlake North) cleared 1.90m in the high jump. Wittenberg was led by senior Alaina Longshore (Columbus, OH/Franklin Heights) after turning in a second-place finish in the 200-meter dash with a time of 27.19. Also recording a second place finish was Olivia Stevens (Danville, IN/Danville Community), who ran a finals time of 9.42 seconds in the 60-meter hurdles. Cody Shutt (Columbus, OH/Hilliard Davidson) got the scoring started for the men, claiming first in the 400-meter dash at 50.93 seconds. Marcus O’Neal (Kettering, OH/Archbishop Alter) also scored first place points in the 60-meter hurdles at 8.58 seconds. The Denison women were led by Senior Anne Lee (Millstone, NJ/Allentown) with pair of top-four finishes. Lee placed second in the triple-jump (9.86 meters) and fourth in the long jump (4.37 meters). Big Red sophomore Isaac Reed (Upland, CA/Oak Hills) became the program’s new record holder in the 60 meter hurdles. In a third place finish, Reed crossed the finish line in 8.72, one tenth of a second faster than the previous school record held by Wallace Branche. Freshman James Dixie (Fort Wayne, IN/Concordia Lutheran) won his debut in the triple jump with a combined leap of 12.77 meters.
DEPAUW hosted WABASH and nine other institutions for the DePauw Invitational as the Little Giants finished first on the men’s side and the Tigers finished second on both sides. Little Giants’ junior Austin Ellingwood (Pendleton, IN/Pendleton Heights) won the 400-meter dash with a time of 51.20. Connor Stumm (Sheridan, IN/Sheridan) grabbed the top spot in the long jump with a leap of 6.47 meters. Dallas Pitts Jr (Indianapolis, IN/Ben Davis) added an individual victory in the shot put (13.98 meters). DePauw’s Zach Batt (Stafford, VA/North Stafford) won the mile, crossing the line 4:19.59 to lead the Tigers. On the women’s side, two senior distance runners gave DePauw a boost as Lois Miller (Yellow Springs, OH/Yellow Springs) won the 5000-meter run (19:18.65) and Claudia Monnett (Cloverdale, IN/Cloverdale) won the one-mile run (5:07.01).
OBERLIN competed in the Greater Cleveland Championships on Saturday at Baldwin Wallace with the Yeowomen earning first-place of five teams and the Yeomen finishing fourth of five squads First-year Jasmine Keegan (Maplewood, NJ/Columbia HS), and juniors Annie Goodridge (Boston, MA/Winsor School) and Ana Richardson (Eugene, OR/South Eugene), led the Oberlin women in Berea with victories in the shot put, triple jump and weight throw. Keegan won the shot put with a mark of 12.24 meters. Richardson claimed the top spot in the weight throw by maxing out at 17.06 meters. Keegan captured her third top-five finish on Friday night by hitting a height of 1.52 meters in the high jump to earn third overall. Yeomen senior Bradley Hamilton (Central, SC/Daniel) led the way on the men’s side with a third-place finish in the 800-meters with a time of 2:01.64.
OHIO WESLEYAN competed at the non-scored Mount Union tune-up. Men’s highlights included sophomore Tommy Davis (Clyde, OH/Clyde), placing second in the 400-meter dash; senior Ifa Abduljelil (Whitehall, OH/Whitehall-Yearling), finishing second in the 60-meter hurdles; and freshman Jayson Blankenship (Medina,OH/Medina), who was second in the pole vault. On the women’s side, sophomore Alyssa Acevedo (Medina, OH/Medina) won the 60-meter hurdles in 9.67 and added a third-place finish in the long jump.