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Track improves at All-Ohio Meet

February 18th, 2010

By Gene Natale

The John Carroll University men’s and women’s track and field teams competed at the All-Ohio Championships at Otterbein College on Feb. 13.

Senior RK Glover led the way for the Blue Streaks, placing second in the triple jump.

With his performance, Glover became the lone Blue Streak to earn All-Ohio honors. His jump was only nine inches shy of setting a new school record.

“RK had a really good day, setting a new personal record,” head coach Dara Ford said. “It really came together for him in his last two jumps.”

The men’s team as a whole showed improvement over last season’s performance when they finished 19th overall and scored only seven team points.

The team racked up 21.5 team points, placing 11th in the 19-team field.

Also leading the men’s team for the day was the 4×400 meter relay team of freshmen Bill Zaccardelli and Anthony Colbert, junior David Hickey and senior Tony Mihalich.

The quartet placed fourth with a time of 3:26.86.

Coach Ford was impressed with the performance.

“It was a big improvement for those guys,” she said, “It has been several years since we have seen such a good time in the 4×400.”

It has been eight years since a JCU indoor 4×400 team recorded a time as good as Saturday’s performance.

The school record of 3:20.09 was recorded in 2002 by Antoine Dunklin, George Sample, Corey Klein and current assistant coach Eric Biro.

Despite missing a few key competitors due to injury, the women’s team also competed hard at the All-Ohio Meet and had some good results to show for their efforts.

The distance medley relay team of juniors Kelly Grieve and Katie Skelly, sophomore Megan Lutz and senior Tricia Doherty scored the top finish for the women, placing fifth with a time of 13:13.04.

The finish marked a 12-second improvement over the relay team’s previous season-best time of 13:25.43.

Freshman Maureen Creighton was the top individual finisher for the women at the meet, finishing sixth in the 55-meter dash with a time of 7.67 seconds.

“Maureen was the bright spot of the day,”  Ford said. “I was proud of how we competed hard this weekend. Now we’re going to rest up, get healthy, and get ready to compete come conference time.”

The Blue Streaks also competed at the Mid-February Meet at Baldwin-Wallace on Feb. 12.

On the men’s side, junior Kyle Fiegel and senior Stephen Kedzuf placed third and fourth, respectively, in the triple jump.

Grieve was the top individual  finisher for the women as she took fourth in the 3,000-meter run with a time of 11:16.27.

The Blue Streaks return to action tomorrow at the Greater Cleveland Championships at Baldwin-Wallace College.

Both the men and women are scheduled to compete in the meet that begins at 5 p.m.