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Blue Streak athletics weekend round-up: March 28 – April 2

April 7th, 2011

The John Carroll women’s tennis team picked up its first OAC victory on Saturday with a 5-4 win over Otterbein University.

The Streaks had four comebacks that allowed them to rally to victory. The first one came in doubles play from junior Allison Mora and senior Deanna Bouchahine who battled deficits of 6-3, 7-4, and ended up winning 9-7.

JCU’s other victories came in singles play from senior Athena Pappis who won her match in straight sets. Bouchahine and Mora battled in singles, the same way they had in doubles, to achieve come back victories for the Blue Streaks. JCU’s last point came from junior Cassie Simmelink, who was down 3-1 at one point, but battled back to win her match.

“I like the pressure and once I was the last one playing, with my team really getting behind me and cheering, it kept me determined to keep playing strong and win,” said Simmelink. JCU’s record improves to 3-9 overall and 1-1 in the OAC, while Otterbein’s falls to 7-6 overall and 0-1 in league.

Women’s track and field

The JCU women’s track and field team finished third out of five teams at the OAC Gold Meet held at the University of Mount Union.

The Streaks finished first in the 4×400 relay in a time of 4:14.52. The relay team consisted of sophomore Maureen Creighton, freshman Nicki Bohrer and Gab Kreuz and sophomore Maribeth Keppler.

“We did a great job of supporting each other and encouraging each other to finish our races strong. We do a great job of pushing each other to do our best,” said Creighton.

Bohrer also finished second in the 800 meter with a time of 2:27.55, while teammates junior Andrea Brown and freshman Alyssa Singer finished fourth and fifth with times of 2:31.38 and 2:32.33, respectively.

In the 1500 meter, Bohrer added to her excellent performance by finishing third with a time of 5:06.04. Creighton and Kreuz also scored points for the Streaks in the 400 and the 200 meter. Creighton finished third in the 400 meter with a time of 1:00.32 and fourth in the 200 meter with a time of 27.77, while Kreuz finished fourth in the 400 meter with a time of 1:01.83 and third in the 200 meter with a time of 27.72.

Other strong finishes came from freshman Anna Busta who came in third in the 5000 meter with a time of 18:33.23 and junior Cassandra Figueroa who finished third in the triple jump with 31-11 1/2.

Baldwin-Wallace came in first place with 189 points, Mount Union in second with 180, JCU in third with 73, Marietta fourth with 64, and Muskingum fifth with 56.

Men’s track and field

The JCU’s men’s track and field team finished fourth at the OAC Gold Meet at Mount Union this past weekend. The Blue Streaks also had an impressive four first place finishes.

The first came from junior Jake Smith who won the 1500 meter race, by over three seconds, with a time of 4:09.03.

Seniors Denny Love and David Hickey both came in first in their hurdle races. Love finished the 110 meter hurdles with the only sub 16 second time with a 15.81 finish.

Hickey won the 400 hurdles with an impressive time of 55.55. Sophomore Bill Zaccardelli also clinched victory, albeit by only a fraction of a second as he ended up finishing with a time of 51.18, while Muskingum’s Alvin Taylor finished with a time of 51.19.

The Streaks also had several second place finishes including freshman Cory Biro in pole vault and sophomore Mike Minjock in long jump. The team of Zaccardelli, Hickey, sophomore John Jackson, and sophomore Anthony Colbert also finished with a time of 3:34.09 to seize the runner up spot in the 4×400 relay.

JCU’s last second place finish came from Smith, sophomore Evan Bellan, freshman Vadim Spasiuk and freshman Chuck Mule in the 4×800 with a time of 8:36.07. Minjock and Bryan Wideman tied for third in triple jump and junior Lou Galliano finished third in shot put.

JCU had several fourth place finishes including sophomore Phil Evankovich in javelin, Hickey in high jump, and Jackson in the 800 meter run.

The final results had Mount Union in first with 169 points, second place for Baldwin-Wallace with 147, third place for Muskingum with 116.5, fourth place for John Carroll with 107, and fifth place for Marietta with 69.5.