Men’s Track & Field
The Blue Streaks started their season off strong on Saturday, Jan. 18 by taking third place in the Otterbein Invitational, finishing with 86.83 points behind only Robert Morris University and Tiffin University.
The John Carroll University men’s track and field team started fast. Junior Alex Hamizadeh got it going for JCU by tying for second place in the pole vault.
Junior Rocky Mitolo followed with a pair of top-five finishes. Mitolo took third in the shot put and fourth in the weight throw. Junior Nick D’Amico and sophomore Michael Hydzik scored points in the 500-meter, as D’Amico took fourth and Hydzik was eighth.
The 800-meter also helped JCU’s scores, as sophomore Will Cameron took runner-up with a time of 1:57.51, one second away from a JCU record.
The 1,000-meter run had two JCU runners finish with points. Sophomore Dan Loya notched third (2:38.29) and junior John Honkala took seventh (2:44.51).
The one-mile run turned out to be a gold mine for the Blue Streaks, as four runners finished with points. Sophomore Patrick O’Brien came in seventh, sophomore Matt Chojnacki took eighth, junior Tadhg Karski achieved 11th and senior Will Rial earned 12th.
The relays rounded out the day, as both ended in strong third place performances for JCU. Freshman Jonathan Radney, D’Amico, Hydzik and sophomore Rondell Armour finished at 1:34.65 in the 4×200 relay. The 4×400 team, made up of Cameron, D’Amico, Hydzik and freshman Connor Lynch combined for a time of 3:31.58.
Women’s Track & Field
The John Carroll University women’s track and field squad started off a new season with an impressive showing at the Otterbein Invitational on Saturday, Jan. 18.
JCU earned 71 points, good enough for fourth place behind Robert Morris University, Tiffin University and Otterbein University.
Despite the solid team performance, the Blue Streaks earned only one title. The honor went to senior Gabriella Kreuz, who dominated the one-mile run, finishing in 5:11.51 to take first place. She had some company, as fellow teammates senior Nicki Bohrer and freshman Becky Rohwer placed third and sixth, respectively.
Kreuz’s day was not finished with the one-mile run. She continued her success and went on to take fourth place in the 100-meter run with a time of 3:10.36.
The Blue Streaks also posted a strong performance in the 800-meter run. Both Bohrer and Rohwer provided JCU with points, as they finished second and third, respectively. Bohrer finished in a time of 2:23.26 and Rohwer came in at 2:26.26.
Several more runners came up strong for JCU in the 500-meter run, 3,000-meter run and 60-meter hurdles. Junior Haley Turner notched a fifth place finish with a time of 1:23.83 in the 500-meter run.
Junior Emily Mapes took ninth in the 3,000-meter run, finishing at 11:01.78. Junior Megan Martinko brought home eighth in the 60-meter hurdles in 10.28.
The JCU relay team provided some good scores, too. Sophomore Emily Jenkins, freshman Alyssa Beirdron, Martinko and freshman Joy Nyaanga came in fourth in the 4×200 race.
In the 4×400 relay, Nyaanga, junior Danielle Sample, Kreuz and Bohrer combined to take third.
“Our team did very well for the first meet,” Kreuz said. “We’re still getting in shape, but it feels good to have everyone start off on a good note.”