[Written by Spencer German]
Compared to last week’s eight-and-a-half-hour trip, the journey for the JCU men’s and women’s track and field teams was a hop, skip and a jump away this week. The teams headed down to Muskingum University in New Concord, Ohio to participate in the Amy Adams Memorial Meet.
For the men, it was a good day particularly in the throwing events with the quartet of sophomore Anthony Chizmadia, freshman Rocky Mitolo, senior Steve Borowy and freshman David Contento. Together, those four were responsible for scoring 46.5 of John Carroll’s 102.5 points in the shot put, discus and javelin events. Chizmadia especially had a memorable day for himself, claiming his first collegiate title by launching the shot put 13.71 meters. Mitolo was able to snag the second-place spot with a throw of 13.67 meters. Chizmadia wasn’t finished there though, as he also earned second-place honors in the discus with a throw of 41.07 meters.
The throwers weren’t the only athletes that saw success on the men’s team though as the 4 x 400 relay team of Bill Zaccardelli, Nick Williams, Nick D’Amico and Anthony Colbert won its event with a time 3:22.82.
The women mirrored the men in that regard, taking first with their 4 x 400 meter relay as well with a time of 4:06:54. Sophomore Gabriella Kruez, freshman Haley Turner, junior Maureen Creighton and sophomore Nicki Bohrer made up the team that finished just .02 seconds faster than second-place team Rio Grande.
Kreuz had a big day individually as well, winning the 1,500 meter run with a time of 4:47:24.
“Since I’ve never run the 1,500 before I didn’t really think too much which worked to my advantage. I simply just put myself in a good position early on and stayed up with the front pack. I started gaining momentum and I realized I wanted to win it,” Kreuz said.
Four of Kreuz’s teammates also finished in the top 10 in the event. Bohrer was one of them, finishing just two spots behind Kruez in third place, while Turner and sophomore Alyssa Singer were the other two, finishing fourth and sixth respectably.
There was also a bright spot in the field events as well for the women, as freshman Danielle Sample took the triple jump title with a mark of 10.36 meters.
Both the men’s and women’s teams have found success in several places in the first two meets of the season including the relays, distance races, and a plethora of field events.
Now the Blue Streaks’ track and field teams will have a chance to showcase their skills at home at the Julie Zajac Track at Don Shula Stadium this coming Saturday. This will be the first time in over 10 years that John Carroll will host a track meet, and all the athletes are excited to be part of a such a historic event in John Carroll athletics history.
“Like so many kids on our team, this is something I have never been able to do in my entire running career. My high school didn’t have its own track, so I’m pumped,” said Kreuz. “It should be exciting to experience the transformation of our track from being the place where we work our tails off during the week to being a place of competition. Plus there is so much talent on our team that I know it’s going to be a fun and special experience for our athletes and fans alike to be able to compete in front of home supporters for the first time.”
Hopefully for the Blue and Gold, that excitement will turn into results on the track come Saturday.