Men capture fourth, women take sixth at All-Ohio Championships

February 19th, 2014



Men’s Track & Field


The men of the John Carroll University indoor track and field team had a tough challenge at the All-Ohio Championships in Westerville, Ohio. But the Blue Streaks came out looking good on Saturday, Feb. 15, finishing in fourth place, while the University of Mount Union took first in the 19-team meet.


Senior Chuck Mulé provided much-needed senior leadership by taking first in the 3K, crossing with a time of 8:46.13. Two other JCU runners joined Mulé in the 3K, as sophomore Pat O’Brien clocked in at third (8:52.64) and junior John Honkala earned eighth (9:04.77).


The 5K was up next, which was where the Blue and Gold picked up a lot of points.Junior Tadhg Karski took third in 15:26.23 and sophomore Matt Chojnacki finished in 15:28.12, which earned him fourth place honors.


“We had a bit of a rough start, but our distance guys really carried us through the second half of the meet,” head coach Dara Ford said.


Hydzik, D'Amico

The distance medley relay team added even more momentum by taking fourth in 10:36.05. The team consisted of junior John Cameron, sophomore Mike Hydzik, sophomore Dan Loya and Honkala. Hydzik and Loya also teamed up with juniors Nick D’Amico and Hayes Chrispin to take fifth in the 4×400 relay. They did not stop there, however, as they went on to finish sixth in the 4×200 relay.


To end the day, junior Rocky Mitolo earned third in the weight throw and senior Anthony Chizmadia finished the day by taking home fifth in the shot put.


“We are really happy with the progress the athletes are making,” Ford said. “We are ready to make a run for that OAC Championship.”


The Blue Streaks not in action at the All-Ohio Championships participated in the Baldwin Wallace Mid-February Meet on Friday, Feb. 14 in Berea, Ohio. The Blue and Gold notched a ninth place showing in the 15-team field.


Women’s Track & Field


The John Carroll University women’s track and field squad came up with a strong performance on Saturday, Feb. 15 at the All-Ohio Championships in Westerville, Ohio. Out of the 18-team field, JCU’s efforts earned the team sixth place.


Senior Gabriella Kreuz used her record-breaking performance from last week to bring home another great day. She dominated the 800-meter race, finishing in 2:17.09, good enough to take first place. Kreuz was not done, however, as she continued on to win the one mile run with an impressive time of 5:03.75.


JCU’s next big time performance came from the relay team consisting of senior Nicki Bohrer, freshman Joy Nyaanga, junior Haley Turner and freshman Becky Rohwer. They came together to complete a first place finish in the distance medley relay with a time of 12:35:27. Kreuz, Bohrer, Nyaanga and junior Megan Martinko also earned points for JCU by taking second in the 4×400 relay.


Bohrer also took fifth in the 800-meter race and Rohwer took sixth in the mile. Sophomore Emily Jenkins also came in for support with a seventh place finish in the 60-meter event.


Lastly, freshman Sara Martinko and sophomore Madeline Sweeney came out with sixth and seventh, respectively, in the pentathlon on Sunday.


“Ultimately, our team was missing a few key components with injuries and those who didn’t qualify to this meet,” Kreuz said. “But if nothing else, it looks like there could be a brighter future for the women’s distance medley relay team.”


Those who did not represent JCU at the All-Ohio Championships on Saturday took part in the Baldwin Wallace Mid-February Meet in Berea, Ohio on Friday, Feb. 14. The Blue Streaks took fifth in a 13-team field.


“Every point counts in track, and I’m glad I got to contribute and make my team and coaches proud,” sophomore Emily Jenkins said of her sixth place finish in the 55-meter dash on Friday.