It was another tough, but successful weekend for the John Carroll University track and field team as they competed in the 2010 Mount Union Track and Field Invitational in Alliance, Ohio.
The men’s team took third in the ten-team field.
The team was led by the jumpers. Most notably, senior RK Glover who took second in the triple jump and third in the long jump.
Besides Glover, senior Kyle Fiegel came in fourth, junior Bryan Wideman sixth, and senior Stephen Kedzuf came in seventh in the triple jump.
In the long jump competition, Mike Minjock, a freshman, was runner-up with a distance of 6.97 meters. Glover was third, and Wideman was right behind him in fourth.
Junior David Hickey came in first in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 54.40 seconds, and talked about how it has been seeing the team progress so far this season.
“In previous years, we found it difficult to be a contender for a first place finish at a scored track meet,” Hickey said. “Now we have proved to be a formidable opponent from throws to jumps to running events and we’ve managed to build a team that is able to compete well in all events.”
Junior Denny Love and sophomore Michael Hlatky finished in the top ten in the short hurdles event.
Not to be outdone by the jumpers, the throwers performed just as well; junior Lou Galiano placed fourth in the shot put and Matt Najdovski came in third in the javelin.
Sophomore Steve Borowy came in fifth in the javelin and sixth in the discus.
The women’s team took sixth at the same event.
Senior Maura Stepanski continued the success of the jumpers by taking second in the triple jump, and sophomore Cassandra Figueroa took fifth.
Although that effort from Stepanski really helped the team, it wasn’t what she took away from the meet.
“To me, the most exciting part of the meet was our performance in the 4×100,” Stepanski said.
The team, which consists of freshmen Stephanie Charlillo, Maureen Creighton and Maribeth Keppler in addition to the experienced Stepanski, is a very young and talented relay team.
“We are less than half a second away from breaking the school record. It is nice to see that we all are improving, especially at this time of the year because it means all of our hard work is starting to pay off,” said Stepanski.
Senior Katie Manjerovic came in fourth place in the javelin toss with a hurl of 32.21 meters.
Aside from her team success in the 4×100, Creighton had a good day individually with a pair of top-five finishes.
She took fifth in both the 100-meter and 200-meter dash to round out her fantastic day.
All of these efforts will be put to an even greater test this Saturday when both the men’s and women’s team compete in the All-Ohio Outdoor Championships in Delaware, Ohio.