Allegheny traveled south to compete in the two-day Emory Invitational, while Oberlin, Ohio Wesleyan and Wittenberg all competed in non-scoring meets this past week top open up the outdoor season. Wabash, who opened the outdoor portion of its schedule last week, finished third out of eight squads at the Wash. U Mini Invite. NCAC track & field continues in the week ahead, led by Allegheny, Kenyon, Oberlin and Wooster competing at the Wooster Invitational.
ALLEGHENY opened the outdoor season at the two-day Emory Invitational. The Gator men placed 14th in the 20-team field. The team’s top event of the weekend was the 5,000 meter run, as John Hughes (Cold Spring, NY/Haldane) placed first (14:53.81), Matt Svetz (Meadville, PA/Meadville) second (15:03.78) and Carter Smith (Cranberry Twp., PA/Eden Christian) eighth (15:31.31). Seth Conard (Cuyahoga Falls, OH/Woodridge) placed eighth in the 10,000 in a time of 33:21.75, while Allen Baugh (Trenton, NJ/New Jersey United Christian) led the team’s sprinters, placing 15th in a 52-runner field in the 100 (11.20), and 11th in a 45-runner field in the 200 (22.67). The Allegheny women finished 11th out of 24 squads at the meet. Senior Olivia Mamula (Cambridge Springs, PA/Cambridge Springs) had a career performance in the steeplechase, topping the 23-runner field by 21 seconds with a winning time of 10:59.09, the second-fastest time in program history, and currently the second best time in the event in Division III this season. Emily Forner (Beaver, PA/Beaver Area) earned the Gators’ second win of the weekend, placing first in the 1,500 with a time of 4:35.85, the third-fastest mark in team history, one spot ahead of teammate Jesse Margraf (Mechanicsburg, PA/East Pennsboro), who took runner-up honors with a time of 4:44.37. Sarah Hevener (Hilliard, OH/Hilliard Bradley) finished fifth in the 5,000 with a time of 17:50.75, while freshman Caitlyn Davis (Ford City, PA/Armstrong) had a solid career debut in the 400 hurdles, finishing ninth in 1:11.99.
OBERLIN opened the outdoor portion its schedule at the two-day Winthrop University Invitational. Yeomen junior Grant Sheely (Dobbs Ferry, NY/Dobbs Ferry) highlighted the day with a first-place finish in the 3,000-meter steeplechase (9:23.57). In the field, Hank Sinn (Latty, OH/Wayne Trace) earned a third-place finish in the hammer throw (51.9m). Yeowomen senior Lilah Drafts-Johnson (Melrose, MA/Melrose) highlighted the day with a second-place finish in the 400-meter hurdles (1:01.23) and a third in the 400-meter (57.41). Drafts-Johnson’s time in the 400-meter hurdles (1st) and in the 400-meter (5th) are both top-5 times in the country. Sophomore Naeisha McClain (Columbus, GA/Brookstone) earned a sixth-place finish in the shot put (13.33m), which currently is the second-best toss in Division III.
OHIO WESLEYAN and WITTENBERG opened the outdoor season bycompeting at the non-scoring Dr. Jack Toms Alumni Invitational, hosted by Lynchburg College last Friday and Saturday. On the men’s side, sophomore Ryan Lesmez (Arlington, VA/Yorktown) and freshman Cade Richeson (Worthington, OH/Thomas Worthington) won events to lead OWU. Lesmez won the 5000-meter run in 15:12.31, while Richeson won the shot put with a throw of 14.82m and added a sixth-place finish in the hammer. Wittenberg sophomore Kenny Mayes (Dublin, OH/Dublin Scioto) earned a second-place finish in the 800-meter race with a 1:58.23 mark and junior Kyle Farnbauch (Hilliard, OH/Davidson) crossed the line in the 400-meter hurdles in a time of 57.55 for a fourth-place finish. Women’s highlights included Ohio Wesleyan senior Amanda Clay (Van Wert) winning the long jump with a leap of 5.46 meters and Wittenberg senior Anissa Dann (Hiram, ME/Sacopee Valley) winning the hammer with a toss of 38.86 meters.
WABASH placed third out of eight teams Saturday at the Washington-St. Louis Mini Meet. Jonah Woods (North Vernon, IN/Jennings County) won the 3,000-meter steeplechase with the seventh-quickest time in Division III to this point in the season at 9:33.00. The time was a personal best for Woods. Ra’Shawn Jones (Indianapolis, IN/Lawrence Central) raced to second place in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 15.14. Satchel Burton (Tucson, AZ/Flowing Wells) placed third in the 110 hurdles at 16.04. Jones also finished fifth in the 400-meter hurdles (58.81). Hayden Baehl (Haubstadt, IN/Gibson Southern) added a third-place finish in the 1500-meter run, finishing in 4:04.52.