It was a tough weekend for John Carroll University indoor track and field athletes, as both the men’s and the women’s team finished near the bottom of the standings this past weekend at the Ohio Athletic Conference Championships. The men’s team finished in eighth place out of 10 teams and the women’s team finished in ninth place in the loaded field.
While on the surface the final standings may look disappointing, there were some positives that occurred over the weekend, giving the Blue Streaks something to hang their collective hat on.
On the men’s side, senior Bryan Wideman shined for the Blue Streaks as he set a new school record in the triple jump final.
Wideman rewrote a small part of the JCU record book when his mark of 44-05 1/4 narrowly surpassed a school record of 44-05 set by Mark Bittenbender in 2000. Wideman went on to finish in fourth place in that event.
Sophomore Mike Minjock finished highly in the long jump event for the Blue Streaks, as his distance of 22-03 1/2 (6.79 meters) was good enough to earn second place in the event.
Sophomores Anthony Colbert, Bill Zaccardelli, John Jackson and senior David Hickey combined to finish in sixth place in the 4 x 400 relay event, and their time of 3:30.20 was a season best for the quartet.
Other highlights for the Blue Streaks on the men’s side of the bracket included freshman Cory Biro finishing in third in the pole vault final and clearing 13-09 3/4 while earning All-OAC honors, and senior Lou Galiano finished seventh in the shotput with a mark of 46-06 1/4 (15.26 meters).
On the women’s side, highlights for the Blue Streaks were provided by sophomore Maureen Creighton, who won her heat in the 500 meter run final with a time of 1:20.63, a mark good enough to break her own school record which she set last week.
Creighton went on to finish in third place in the overall standings and also earned All-OAC status. Junior Andrea Brown finished in eighth place in the same event with her time of 1:22.62.
Freshman Nicki Bohrer also set a school record of her own. Her time of 2:21.80 in the 800 meter run bested the previous record of 2:22.00 set by Tara Ford during the 2009 season.
Sophomore Maribeth Keppler finished in eighth place in the 400 meter dash with her season-best time of 1:03.29. Freshman Anna Busta finished seventh in the one-mile run, picking up points for JCU with her time of 5:28.83.
By looking at the standings, one would be led to believe it was an unsuccessful weekend for the JCU track and field teams. However, the Blue Streaks had some very impressive finishes over the weekend and look to build on that success as they head into the spring season and outdoor track and field season.
The first outdoor event for the Blue Streaks takes place on March 17 in Charlotte, N.C after Spring Break.