The John Carroll University men’s and women’s track and field teams traveled to Gambier, Ohio this past weekend to compete in the Kenyon Invitational. Despite the event being an unscored meet, the Blue Streaks took advantage of the opportunity to use the event as a “tune-up” for the upcoming Ohio Athletic Conference Championships.
On the men’s side of action, the Blue Streaks, junior Mike Minjock got the ball rolling for JCU early. Minjock won the 200-meter dash with a finish time of 22.29 seconds. Minjock also was a member of the JCU quartet that claimed first place in the 4×100-meter relay event, as he partnered with juniors Anthony Colbert and Bill Zaccardelli as well as freshman Nick D’Amico to record an impressive finish time of 43.46 seconds. Sophomore Cory Biro picked up a first place finish of his own in the 400-meter high hurdles as he finished in 58.17 seconds to pick up the win. Junior DaQuan Grobsmith nailed a distance of 6.65 meters in the long jump event to also pick up a first-place finish for the Blue Streaks. Freshman David Contento rounded out the day for the Blue and Gold by winning the javelin throw event with a final distance of 45.96 meters, more than two meters better than the next finisher.
For the women, success was also contagious as numerous top performers excelled for the Blue Streaks. Sophomore Nicki Bohrer dominated in the 800-meter dash, winning the event by a margin of nearly six seconds with a finish time of 2:18.84. Bohrer also partnered with sophomore Gabriella Kreuz, Shanelle Mosley and junior Maureen Creighton to claim first in the 4×400-meter relay event with a time of 4:10.02. Mosley also picked up a second place finish in the 200-meter dash (26.82) while Kreuz finished in second in the 400-meter dash (1:00.18). Freshman Emily Mapes finished second in the 1,500-meter run as well with a time of 4:51.63. Rounding out the day for the Blue Streaks, sophomore Caroline Kapela claimed second place in the 5,000-meter run with an impressive time of 19:18.96.
Both teams will now shift their focus to the upcoming Ohio Athletic Conference Championships this weekend at Wilmington College. Competition is set to take place on both Friday, April 27 and Saturday, April 28 with events beginning at 12 p.m. and 10 a.m., respectively.