JCU Indoor Track and Field teams complete another eventful weekend

February 21st, 2013

Men’s Track and Field

The John Carroll University men’s track and field team continued its hectic schedule this past weekend, as they competed in two different meets in two days. The Blue Streaks traveled to Berea, Ohio on Friday, Feb. 15 to compete in the Greater Cleveland Championships before traveling to Kent, Ohio to compete in the Kent State Tune-Up the following day on Saturday, Feb. 16.

The Blue and Gold were not at full strength at the Greater Cleveland Championships, with athletes being split between the busy weekend of events, but the team still put together a fair performance, as they finished in fourth place out of six teams.

Freshman Mike Hydzik had a solid day, as he finished in first place in the 500-meter run, with a time of 1:08.77. Sophomore Hayes Chrispin finished just behind Hydzik in the same event, claiming second place, with a final time of 1:11.18.

Hydzik also picked up a first-place finish when he teamed up with sophomore Nick Williams, and seniors Mike Minjock and Anthony Colbert, as the quartet won the 4x 200 event with a collective time of 1:32.29.

Freshman Dan Loya also picked up a victory of his own, the first of his career, as he won the 800-meter run with a finish time of 2:01.21. Sophomore Gage Marek contributed to the Blue Streaks’ cause as he finished in third place in the 1,000-meter run, with a finish time of 2:40.25.

Sophomore Justin Ball turned in an admirable performance by finishing second in the pole vault, clearing 3.66 meters. Sophomore Rocky Mitolo also double dipped and reeled in points for the Blue Streaks as he finished third in the shot put before finishing fourth in the weight throw event, clearing 14.21 meters and 15.28 meters, respectively.

The following day at the Kent State Tune-Up, the solid performances continued to pour in for the Blue and Gold, despite the meet being an unscored event.

Minjock took second place in the long jump event, with a distance of 22.08 meters. Freshman Pat O’Brien picked up a top-five finish by claiming fifth in the 1,000-meter run, while junior Chuck Mulé took 14th in the same event.

The Blue Streaks will travel to Ada, Ohio this coming weekend to compete in the Ohio Athletic Conference Championships, hosted by Ohio Northern University.


Women’s Track and Field

After finishing in eighth place out of 18 teams last weekend at the All-Ohio Championships, the Blue Streaks were adamant about improving upon that performance.

Considering the second-place finish they brought home at the Greater Cleveland Championships on Friday, Feb. 15, it’s safe to say that they accomplished that goal.

Junior Nicki Bohrer was just one of four first-place finishers for JCU, as she won the 1,000-meter run with a time of 3:04.77. Sophomore Haley Turner (second, 3:06.68) and junior Anna Busta (third, 3:14.62) finished just behind Bohrer to help pick up points for the Blue and Gold.

Sophomore Emily Mapes dominated the mile run, winning the event with an impressive time of 5:20.58, while junior Caroline Kapela finished in third with a time of 5:35.55.

Freshman Jenna Crabtree did her work in the pole vault, winning the event by clearing the bar at 9 feet and 6 1/4 inches to take home the victory. Not to be outdone, sophomore Danielle Sample also earned a first-place finish of her own as she won the triple jump event with a distance of 10.64 meters.

At the unscored Kent State Tune-Up, sophomore Megan Martinko made her mark as she finished in fifth place in the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 47.11. Martinko also finished in 16th place amidst talented competition in the 60-meter hurdles, finishing with a time of 9.55.

The Blue Streaks will travel to Ada, Ohio this coming weekend to compete in the Ohio Athletic Conference Championships, hosted by Ohio Northern University.