Men’s Track and Field
[Written by Gabriella Kreuz]
The men’s track and field team is showered with talented runners and jumpers who often bask in the most glory due to their high scoring. But this weekend at Mount Union’s John Homon Invitational meet, it was the throwers who came out and put on the show. Although the meet was unscored, many athletes participated to reach personal bests and seize another opportunity to compete amongst OAC competition.
Senior thrower Anthony Chizmadia took full advantage, winning the discus with a toss of 41.93 meters. The senior also finished second in the shot put, throwing 14.82 meters.
“This weekend was a test for myself. It was a day to focus on improving on every throw,” said Chizmadia. “Going into OACs, I need to improve on every throw to get to the top ”
Sophomore Rocky Mitolo also put together a strong performance, placing third in the discus with a throw of 40.67 meters and fourth in the shot put with a toss of 4.07 meters.
Senior Mike Minjock won the long jump title by clearing 6.96 meters, while freshman Jack Kelly finished fourth in the triple jump (12.72 meters).
In the hurdles, sophomore Nick Williams finished in second with a time of 15.77 seconds in the 110-meter event while sophomore Hayes Chrispin finished fourth (59.67). John Carroll had a pair of relays finish runner-up as well. The 4×100-meter quartet ofWilliams, Minjock, Kelly and sophomore Nick D’Amico ran a blazing 43.33. In the 4×400 meters, it was Dan Loya, Anthony Colbert, D’Amico and Mike Hydzik who finished second in 3:24.83.
After finishing in fifth place among five teams at the OAC Gold Meet on March 30, the Blue Streaks needed to use this past weekend’s John Homon Invitational as a tune-up for the upcoming All-Ohio Championships. Fortunately for the Blue Streaks, they were able to find success at the unscored Homon Invitational, which was hosted by the University of Mount Union, on Saturday, April 6.
Junior Nicki Bohrer started the day off strong for the Blue Streaks, as she placed second (2:20.49), while sophomore Haley Turner placed fourth (2:24.34) in the 800-meter dash. Freshman Emily Jenkins placed fourth in the 100-meter dash, with a time of 13.58 seconds to pick up points in short distances for JCU.
The Blue and Gold also fared well in the 1,500-meter run, as sophomore Bridget Hanna took second place and junior Taylor Whisler took third, finishing with respective times of 5:00.89 and 5:03.47.
Freshman Madeline Sweeney took third place in the high jump event (1.48 meters), while freshman Hannah Suttles (4.72 meters) and Karissa Manko (4.52 meters) finished third and fourth, respectively, in the long jump event.
In the 4×100-meter relay events, the quartet of Jenkins, Suttles, sophomore Megan Martinko and junior Shanelle Mosley finished second with a collective time of 52.02 seconds. On the flip side, in the 4×400-meter relays, the foursome of Bohrer, Martinko, Turner and senior Maureen Creighton also placed second, crossing the line with a finish time of 4:11.59.