JCU indoor track & field teams take third at OAC Split Meets

February 5th, 2014


Men’s Track & Field


Coming into the 2014 Ohio Athletic Conference Split North Meet indoor track and field meet, the John Carroll University women’s track and field team was riding on momentum from a first place finish at the Baldwin Wallace Mid-January Meet on Tuesday, Jan. 21.


Stellar performances from relay and mid-distance runners set the Blue Streaks with 107.50 points, placing them third overall in the field of five.


JCU put up a strong fight against second place Baldwin Wallace University (111.75) and first place University of Mount Union (213) at the Ohio Northern Sports Center in Ada, Ohio.


The Blue and Gold excelled in the middle distance and relay events, producing two relay team winners, while senior Gabriella Kreuz added two wins of her own in the mile-run (5:10.46) and 800-meter (2:23.02) events.
The relay team of Kreuz, fellow senior Nicki Bohrer, junior Megan Martinko and freshman Joy Nyaanga won the 4×400 relay with a time of 4:08.70, less than a second off the school record. Kreuz and Bohrer then teamed up with the junior duo of Danielle Sample and Haley Turner to add a victory in the distance medley with a time that was close to a full 18 seconds faster than the field. The quartet’s finish of 12:38.50 gave JCU its second relay win of the day.


Bohrer was proud to be a part of both winning teams.


“I didn’t even really realize we were on the verge of breaking our school record again until someone told us,” Bohrer said. “But relays are the best because you get to share your glory with your team and there is less individual pressure.”


The Blue Streaks also found success in the 1,000-meter run, placing three runners. Bohrer ran a strong race, finishing less than a second off the lead. Notching second with a time of 3:05.11, the senior was responsible for 28 points in JCU’s overall score.


Sophomore Hanna Sterle placed third in a close 3,000-meter run, finishing with a time of 11:14.43. Senior Alyssa Singer (11:24.40) and freshman Mallory Maher (11:26.65) finished sixth and seventh, respectively, in the same event.


Sophomore Emily Jenkins, Nyaanga and Martinko led the way for the Blue Streaks in the short distance events. Jenkins finished fourth in the 60-meter dash with a time of 8.24, Martinko placed fourth 60-meter hurdles at 9.64 and Nyaanga led the way with a third place finish in the 500-meter dash at a time of 1:22.78, three seconds off the first place finish.


Sample had the best finish in field events for JCU, placing second in the triple jump at a distance of 10.35 meters.


Women’s Track & Field


by Haley Turner


In their third week of competition, the John Carroll University men’s track and field team continued to show improvement. Their latest venture at the Ohio Athletic Conference Split North Meet ended with a third place JCU finish on Saturday, Feb. 1.


The top-three finish was boosted by several notable performances that showcased the team’s strengths.


Junior Nick D’Amico had an impressive second-place finish in the 400-meter dash. He crossed the finish line at 51.69, followed shortly after by sophomore Will Cameron, who finished fifth (52.71).


Sophomore Mike Hydzik also earned points for the Blue Streaks with his finish in the 500-meter run. Hydzik clocked in at 1:09.17 which was enough to earn him third-place overall. In the men’s mile, junior John Cameron landed a solid third-place finish (4:31.64). Junior hurdler Nick Williams was fourth overall in the 60-meter hurdles, finishing at 8.75.


Junior Hayes Chrispin joined teammates Will Cameron, D’Amico and Hydzik in the 4×400-meter relay where the team earned third place with a time of 3:31.22. The men’s distance medley finished as runners-up. The team of freshman Blake Babcock, Will Cameron, Hydzik and senior Chuck Mule finished with an overall time of 10:49.99.


Saturday’s meet also proved to be a great day for the field athletes. Junior Yevegeniy Khmelnitskiy won the triple jump with a finish of 12.00 meters. Junior Rocky Mitolo was second in the shot put (15.24m) and third in the weight throw (16.29m). Senior Anthony Chizmadia also finished fourth in the shot put with a distance of 14.17 meters. Junior Alex Hamidzadeh was third in the pole vault, clearing a height of 4.41 meters.


The most impressive race of the day was by far the men’s 3,000-meter run. JCU almost swept the race with four runners finishing in the top five. Leading the way was junior Johnny Honkala, who ran a personal record of 8:49.27, good for first.


Finishing less than a second behind was sophomore Pat O’Brien with a time of 8:50.60. Sophomore Matt Chojnacki was third (8:52.20) and junior Tadhg Karski rounded out the top five with a time of 8:56.18.


“I felt like the team put forth a very good effort and there were a lot of PRs,” Honkala said. “I hope we can all continue to work together and prepare for the conference meet.”


The team was encouraged by the finish due to the makeup of the meet, which featured the five northern-most teams in the OAC. It was a good chance for the men’s team to face competitors they will see at the conference championship in March.