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JCU track and field weekend round-up

February 9th, 2012

Men’s track and field:

Competing at the University of Mount Union Jim Wuske Invitational, the Blue Streaks came up with numerous impressive performances as they had eight different top-five finishers at the event.

Junior Pat Burns led the Blue Streaks on the day as he was the lone first place finisher, winning the 1,000-meter run with a time of 2:34.75.

Fellow juniors Anthony Colbert and Bill Zaccardelli recorded top-five placings in the 400-meter run event as Colbert claimed third place (52.53) while Zaccardelli claimed fifth place (53.08). Senior Jake Smith also took fifth place in the one-mile run as he finished with a time of 4:29.03.

Freshman Mike Jones placed fifth in the high jump event with a leap of 1.83 meters while fellow freshman Rocky Mitolo also took fifth place in the weight throw event with a 12.47-meter toss.

In the 4×400-meter relay event, the team of Zaccardelli, Colbert, freshmen Nate Babb and Rob Morel was able to finish in second place in the event with a final relay time of 3:33.93.

The Blue Streaks will next compete on Friday, Feb. 10 as they travel to Berea, Ohio to compete in the Baldwin-Wallace College Mid-February meet before traveling to Westerville, Ohio the next day to compete in the All-Ohio Championships.

Women’s track and field: 

Four different Blue Streaks were able to claim first place in their respective events, sparking a collective team effort this past weekend at the University of Mount Union Jim Wuske Invitational.

Junior Maureen Creighton started off the day on the right foot for the Blue Streaks as she picked up a victory in the 500-meter dash with a finish time of 1:21.73. Sophomore Nicki Bohrer (third) and freshman Haley Turner (fifth) both recorded top-five placings in the 800-meter run with times of 2:24.22 and 2:27.60, respectively.

Sophomore Taylor Whisler racked up more accolades for the Blue Streaks as she finished in first place in the 1,000-meter run with a time of 3:19.69. Freshman Bridget Hanna also picked up an impressive victory in the 3,000-meter run with a winning time of 10:37.29. Freshman Emily Mapes and sophomore Anna Busta finished just behind Hanna in the event as they claimed third and fourth place with finish times of 10:43.44 and 10:55.79, respectively.

The Blue Streaks will next compete on Friday, Feb. 10 as they travel to Berea, Ohio to compete in the Baldwin-Wallace College Mid-February meet before traveling to Westerville, Ohio the next day to compete in the All-Ohio Championships.