Track and field teams compete, excel at Greater Cleveland Championships

February 23rd, 2012

[Written by Cory Biro & Zach Mentz]

Women’s track and field

Three first-place finishers propelled the lady Blue Streaks to a third-place finish at the Greater Cleveland Colleges Championships on Friday at Baldwin-Wallace College. Coming one week before the conference meet, this competition gauged where the women ranked in the conference and also gave them the opportunity to achieve faster seed times and further distances.

The teams participating placed as follows: Baldwin-Wallace College (248 points), Oberlin (159), John Carroll (109) and Case Western Reserve (53).

The women’s field events produced a first place finish from freshman Danielle Sample who jumped 10.69 meters in the triple jump. She also went on to place second in the 400-meter dash, running 1:04. 53.

In the running events, two first place finishers became Greater Cleveland champions for the Blue Streaks. Gabriella Kreuz ran a 3:03 en route to her victory in the 10,000-meter run.

“This meet was a good indication of what we can accomplish next week,” said Kreuz. “We have a ton of talent, but we are still working things out and continuing to improve. The conference meet will prove what we can do.”

The final first-place finish came from sophomore Nicki Bohrer in the mile, who ran 5:19.75.

Other great performances included freshman Haley Turner in the 1,000-meter event, who placed second with a 3:07.42; sophomore Anna Busta, who ran in the mile in 5:21.92 clinching second; and junior Lauren DeLuca in the 5,000-meter run with a 20:21.60 also coming in second. The lady Blue Streaks also had their 4 x 4 meter relay team place second with a time of 4:13.09, which included Kreuz, Bohrer, Turner, and sophomore Megan Landon.

Head coach Dara Ford was pleased with the performance from the women’s team.

“We were really happy with the progress the women made this week,” said Ford. “We had a lot of personal bests and are in a great position coming into the conference meet.”


Men’s track and field


The John Carroll University men’s track and field team also competed at the Greater Cleveland College Championships in Berea, Ohio this past weekend. The team fell short of winning the entire event, but they grabbed the next best thing: second place. Hosted by Baldwin-Wallace, the host Yellow Jackets took first place in the event with 275 points while the Blue Streaks finished in second place with 156 points.

Sophomore Cory Biro picked up big points for the Blue Streaks at the event as he claimed the first of JCU’s three first-place finishes by winning the 55-meter hurdles with a finish time of 7.95 seconds. Biro also picked up a second-place finish in the pole vault event with a distance of 4.1 meters.

Freshman Mike Jones then jumped into the action as well claiming his first collegiate title  when he won the high jump event, recording a distance of 1.77 meters.

Junior Mike Minjock was the third and final first-place finisher for the Blue Streaks at the event as he won the long jump event with a distance of 6.81 meters, winning by nearly 7/10 of a meter.

Junior Bill Zaccardelli then picked up a second-place finish in the 200-meter dash with a time of 23.24. Zaccardelli was also a member of the Blue Streaks quartet that included Biro, junior Anthony Colbert and freshman Nick D’Amico as they finished in second place in the 4 x 200-meter dash with a finish time of 1:32.95.

Juniors John Jackson and Evan Bellan teamed with sophomore Vadim Spasiuk and freshman Justin Ball to take second place in the 400-meter dash with a finish time of 52.04.

Both the men’s and women’s track and field team will compete at the Ohio Athletic Conference Championships this coming weekend in Westerville, Ohio.