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2018-19 Men's Indoor Track & Field Athletes of the Week

Distance/Middle Distance Sprints/Hurdles Field Events
February 25th
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Jayson Blankenship, Ohio Wesleyan
(Medina, Ohio/Medina)

Ohio Wesleyan junior Jayson Blankenship won the heptathlon with 4,450 total points. The junior finished first in the pole vault (4.45m; 14’ 7.25”), claimed fourth place in the 60 meter dash (7.49), the shot put (10.07m; 33’ 0.5”), the high jump (1.73m; 5’ 8”) and the 1,000 meter run (2:56.00), took sixth in the 60 meter hurdles (9.19) and earned eighth in the long jump (5.69; 18’ 8”). This marks the ninth consecutive year in which a Battling Bishop has won the NCAC men’s indoor multi-event title. Andrew Diehl won the pentathlon in 2011 and the heptathlon in 2012, followed by Matt Hunter (2013-15) and Nate Newman (2016-18).

February 18th

 Keith Abramson, Wabash
(Avon, Ind./Avon)

Keith Abramson was a part of three first-place finishes for Wabash track and field over the weekend. He captured an individual title in the 800-meter run at the Eastern Illinois University Friday Night Special, posting a season-best time of 1:58.43 for the second-fastest time among NCAC runners in the event this year. Abramson ran as part of the Little Giants’ winning 4x400-meter relay team. The squad won the event with a time of 3:26.51. Saturday the freshman ran as part of the Wabash distance medley relay team at the DePauw Indoor Classic. The Little Giants won that race by turning in their fastest time of the year and second-quickest among NCAC schools at 10:53.63.

 Tommy Davis, Ohio Wesleyan
(Clyde, Ohio/Clyde)

Ohio Wesleyan’s Tommy Davis finished third in the men’s 200-meter dash with a time of 22.60 seconds at the Ohio State Buckeye Tune-Up on Friday. Davis’s time was the fastest among conference athletes this season. Davis also led off the Bishops’ 1600-meter relay at Findlay’s Flag City Open on Saturday where the OWU relay team won in 3:26.43.

Mike Heeschen, Ohio Wesleyan
(Gettysburg, Pa./Gettysburg Area)

Ohio Wesleyan junior Mike Heeschen won the shot put at Findlay’s Flag City Open. Heeschen recorded a 15.06-meter (49’ 5”) throw, the best NCAC mark of the season. 

February 11th

Callaway Bird, DePauw
(Sturgis, Mich./Culver Academies)

Callaway Bird won the 800-meter race at the DePauw Indoor Invitational with a time of 1:57.02. Bird’s time beat 39 entrants in the race and was good enough for the top time in the conference so far this season. The mark also ranks fourth all-time at DePauw.

Josh Wiggins, Wabash
(Poseyville, Ind./North Posey)

Josh Wiggins posted three top-five finishes including an individual victory in the 200-meter dash to help Wabash win the DePauw Indoor Track and Field Invitational team title Saturday. Wiggins turned in a season-best time of 22.87 to win the 200-meter event. He placed second as part of a 1-2-3 finish for Wabash in the 60-meter hurdles with a career-best time of 8.45. Wiggins added a career-best time of 7.17 in a fifth-place finish in the finals of the 60-meter dash.

Ryan Fleming, Denison
(Tampa, Fla./Jesuit)

Denison’s first victory of the day came in the high jump event where junior Ryan Fleming placed first overall and set a new personal best on a jump of 1.96 meters (6’ 5’’). The winning mark also ranks him third all-time among Denison’s best indoor track and field personal records.

February 4th   

Ben Foster, Denison
(Westport, Conn./Staples)

Ben Foster’s second-place finish in the one mile run at the Bob Shannon Invitational was not only a new career record (4:25.76), but it launched him into Denison’s top 10 of personal records for indoor track & field.

Tommy Davis, Ohio Wesleyan
(Clyde, Ohio/Clyde)

Ohio Wesleyan senior Tommy Davis recorded a conference-best time this season with a 22.68-second performance in the 200-meter dash at the Bob Shannon Invitational. He also notched a 7.26-second showing in the 60-meter dash, good enough for sixth place. 

Hank Sinn, Oberlin
(Latty, Ohio/Wayne Trace) 

Hank Sinn shattered his school record in the weight throw with a mark of 17.30 meters (56-09.25) at the Dan Kinsey Invitational Friday evening. The senior’s mark currently ranks 29th in Division III and is the second best performance in the NCAC. Sinn broke his throw of 16.44 meters (53-11.25) from the Crimson & Gold January Kick-Off earlier this season.The Latty, Ohio, native also placed second in the shot (13.91m, 45-07.75).

January 28th

Matt Svetz, Allegheny
(Meadville, Pa./Meadville)

Allegheny’s Matt Svetz placed eighth out of 18 runners in the 5,000-meter run at the Penn State National Open, competing as the only Division III athlete. His time of 14:55.80 is the best in the conference this season and 23rd in Division III through Jan. 26.

Jose Franco, Wabash
(Bronx, N.Y./Cardinal Hayes)

Jose Franco posted one individual victory and was part of two winning relays at Rose-Hulman’s Engineer Invitational. The freshman won the 400-meter dash with a time of 51.75, the fastest time reported in the conference this season. Franco was also part of the Little Giants’ winning 4x200- and 4x400-meter relay teams. The 4x200 team combined for a time of 1:31.70, quickest in the conference this year by a full second. The winning 4x400-meter squad completed the race in 3:26.24, four seconds faster than any other team in the NCAC this season. 

Kurtis Williams, Allegheny
(New Brighton, Pa./New Brighton)

Allegheny’s Kurtis Williams won both the shot put and weight throw at the Wooster Fighting Scots Invitational on Saturday, both with season-long distances. In the shot put, he tossed 14.05m (46’ 01.25”) and in the weight throw he recorded a distance of 17.44m (57’ 02.75”). 

January 21st

Darcy Isaiah, Ohio Wesleyan
(Akron, Ohio/Firestone)

Ohio Wesleyan junior Darcy Isaiah won the 800-meter race in a time of 2:02.45 at the Tiffin Dragon Open on Friday. The time registered as the second-fastest time in the conference so far this season.

Ra'Shawn Jones, Wabash
(Indianapolis, Ind./Lawrence Central)
Wabash junior Ra’Shawn Jones turned in the second-fastest time in Division III this season in preliminary round of the 60-meter hurdles at Saturday’s Mastodon Opener Meet at Purdue Fort Wayne. Jones posted a time of 8.09 to qualify for the finals of the event where he ran an 8.13 to win by 6/10ths of a second. 

David Carter, Denison
(New Albany, Ohio/Westminster (Conn.)

David Carter recorded a leap of 13.17 meters (43’2.5”) in the men’s triple jump at Otterbein’s Dave Lehman Open on Saturday. His jump tallied a second-place finish and was the second-best mark in the conference this season.

January 14th
Brian Lief, Wooster
(Shaker Hts., Ohio/Shaker Heights)

Wooster senior Brian Lief opened the season by winning the 3,000-meter race at the Crimson & Gold January Kick-Off. Lief’s time of 9:34.34 was tops by nearly five seconds.
Ra'Shawn Jones, Wabash
(Indianapolis, Ind./Lawrence Central) 

Wabash’s Ra’Shawn Jones broke the Knowling Fieldhouse record and posted the third quickest time in the nation by winning the 60-meter hurdles at Saturday’s Robert H. Johnson Indoor Track and Field Open. Jones raced across the finish line in 8.14 to record his fastest time in the event. He broke the former Fielhouse record of 8.27 seconds set in 2012 and is 1/100th of a second off the fastest times reported this season in Division III in the 60-meter hurdles.
Hank Sinn, Oberlin
(Latty, Ohio/Wayne Trace)

Hank Sinn bested his own school record in the event at Oberlin’s first home meet of his senior campaign. The Latty, Ohio, native heaved the weight 16.44m (53-11.25), besting his previous mark of 52-10.25 from the 2017 NCAC Indoor Championships. The senior also went on to win the shot put with a career-best toss of 13.95m (45-09.25). Both marks top the conference performance list and the weight throw ranks 29th in Division III.
December 10th

Adriano Atallah, Oberlin
(New Rochelle, N.Y./Regis)

Oberlin’s Adriano Atallah led the three Yeomen sprinters at the Division II University of Findlay Oiler Opener on Saturday. The sophomore won the 300-meter dash with a time of 36.91. Atallah’s performance was just 85 hundredths of second off the Oberlin school record, set by Shawn Chrapczynski back in 2011. 

Chauncey Simmons, Oberlin
(Philadelphia, Pa./Haverford School)

Oberlin’s Chauncey Simmons highlighted the Yeomen throwers at the highly competitive Oiler Open on Saturday with a personal-best performance in the weight. In his second meet of his senior campaign, he earned a heave of 14.40m (47-03.003), which currently ranks third in the conference. Simmons followed that performance with a toss of 12.54m (41-01.75) in the shot put which is the eighth best throw in the conference this season.

December 3rd


Kenny Mayes, Wittenberg
(Dublin, Ohio/Scioto)

Wittenberg junior Kenny Mayes collected a second-place finish in the 800-meter run on Saturday at the Mount Union Toy Drive Invite. Mayes clocked a 2:02.74 time in the 800-meter distance, the quickest time in the conference so far this season. He also helped pick up a second-place finish in the 4x400-meter relay, the Tigers clocked a 3:31.04 time.


Quinton Broomfield, Ohio Wesleyan
(Gahanna, Ohio/Lincoln)

Ohio Wesleyan senior Quinton Broomfield won the 60-meter hurdles at the Case Western Spartan Holiday Classic. Broomfield notched a 8.57-second time, the best in the confernece so far this season. He also helped the Bishops collect a second-place finish in the 4x400-meter relay, finishing with a time of 3:34.40.  


Preston Whaley, Wabash
(Fort Worth, Texas/Chissholm)

Wabash freshman Preston Whaley broke the school record with his winning effort in the triple jump at the University of Indianapolis Season Opener Meet on Saturday. He posted a mark of 14.15 meters (46 feet, 5.25 inches) to eclipse the former record of 13.99 meters (45 feet, 11 inches) set by Mo Jagne in 2000. Whaley won the event by 2-1/2 meters over the second-place finisher from the University of Evansville.