Men’s Track and Field
[Written by Haley Turner]
Despite frigid temperatures and wind speeds of up to 30 mph, the John Carroll University men’s track and field team had several impressive finishes on Friday, April 19 at the first annual Blue Streak Twilight meet, held at the Julie Zajac Track at Don Shula Stadium.
All-American senior Mike Minjock won the long jump with a distance of 6.77 meters. Coming in second was his teammate, sophomore Hayes Chrispin (6.05 meters). In the men’s triple jump, freshman Sam Kelly leapt to first with a jump of 12.92 meters. Also performing well for JCU was sophomore Justin Ball in the pole vault. Ball tied for second with a height of 3.95 meters.
In the men’s shot put, sophomore Rocky Mitolo placed second, throwing 14.41 meters. Also placing in the throwing events was sophomore Gage Marek, who threw the javelin a distance of 45.97 meters, which was enough to capture first.
The men’s distance squad had several top three finishes. Leading the way was senior Will Rial, who placed first in the 3,000-meter steeplechase with a time of 9:38.67. In the men’s 1,500-meter run, junior Chuck Mule and sophomore Johnny Honkala were second (4:09.94) and third (4:10.85), respectively.
Sophomore Nick Williams continued to make his mark on the hurdles by running a new personal record of 55.87 in the 400-meter hurdles and winning the race by over two seconds.
“The wind caused some problems, but I felt a lot healthier than I had in the previous meets,” said Williams. He is also very optimistic about the upcoming Ohio Athletic Conference Championships.
“As a team, as long as we each do our job, we have a chance at conference. This is our strongest year and we have to take advantage of that,” Williams said.
The critical OAC Championship meet will be held this Friday, April 25 and Saturday, April 26 at the University of Mount Union.
Women’s Track and Field
Two Blue Streaks helped the squad pick up some positive momentum early in the field events. Sophomore Danielle Sample snagged first place in the triple jump to get her team started. Her distance of 10.34 meters bested attempts by Ursuline College’s Brittany Kempf and Case Western Reserve University’s Ashley Leydon.
Freshman Madeline Sweeney’s high jump of 1.45 meters allowed her to achieve a second place tie with Kempf.
The Blue and Gold blew away the competition in the 1,500-meter run, sweeping the top three finishes. Sophomore Emily Mapes earned gold with a time of 4:59.70, while sophomore Bridget Hanna came close behind in second (5:03.12) and junior Taylor Whisler rounded out the herd, finishing in third (5:03.76).
Sophomore Megan Martinko fired up the Blue Streaks midway through the race with her performance in the 400-meter hurdles. The sophomore snatched the top spot in the event with a time of 1:07.89. Junior Nicki Bohrer also continued her solid year for JCU, taking third in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:24.56.
After the final race of the day concluded around 11 p.m., head coach Dara Ford took a moment to ponder the day’s happenings. Overall, she was pleased with how everything turned out.
“I think it was a great success for our first home twilight meet and I hope we get to continue it for years to come,” she said.