The Wabash Little Giants and the Oberlin Yeowomen lead the 2019 NCAC Outdoor Track & Field Championships after the first day of competition at Wilder Track on the campus of Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio. Wabash accumulated 58 total points after five top-five finishes, while Oberlin sits in first with 87 points thanks to first-place finishes in the women's discus, 3,000m steeplechase and 10,000m run.
Oberlin sits in second with 38 points in the men's standings, while Denison and DePauw are tied for third (32), followed by Wooster (28), Allegheny (20), Ohio Wesleyan (17), Kenyon (8) and Wittenberg (1). On the women's side, Allegheny is in second after day one with 35 points, followed by Wooster (28), Ohio Wesleyan and Wittenberg (22), Denison (21), DePauw (15) and Kenyon (4).
The 2019 meet opened with six field events. Wabash freshman Preston Whaley (Fort Worth, TX/Chisholm) claimed the men's triple jump title with a winning leap of 14.45m, while Wittenberg sophomore Alexis Johnson (Southfield, MI/The Roeper School) won the women's triple jump after posting a jump of 11.23m. Oberlin junior Jasmine Keegan (Maplewood, NJ/Columbia H.S.) took the win in the women's discus with a heave of 38.25m and DePauw senior Demarco Henry (Indianapolis, IN/Ben Davis) was victorious in the men's discus with a distance of 44.40m. The men's javelin title went to Denison freshman Esteban Sainz (Marathon, FL/Marathon) after his throw of 57.77m bested the field, while Allegheny sophomore Shannon Relihan (McDonald, PA/Fort Cherry) won the women's javelin after recording a throw of 38.21m. The men's and women's pole vault events were postponed due to weather conditions and will be held tomorrow.
On the track, Wooster senior David Westcott (Lake Forest, Ill./Millbrook (N.Y.)) claimed the men's 3,000 meter steeplechase title in a time of 9:22.57, while Oberlin junior Oona Jung-Beeman (Wilmette, IL/New Trier) won the women's 3,000 meter steeplechase in 11:03.33. The 10,000 meter run was the final event of the day, as DePauw senior Paul Christian (Glen Ellyn, IL/Glenbard West) won the men's event in a time of 31:32.91, while Oberlin senior Linnea Halsten (Madison, WI/Madison East) captured the women's title in 36:31.36.
The 2019 NCAC Outdoor Track & Field Championships will continue tomorrow, Saturday, May 4, with 28 events. The final day will start at 10:00 a.m. with the women's high jump, men's long jump, men's hammer throw and women's shot put followed by the women's pole vault at 11:00 a.m., men's high jump and women's long jump at 12:00 p.m., the women's hammer throw and men's shot put at 12:30 p.m. and the men's pole vault at 2:30 p.m. Track events will start at 2:15 p.m.