Women’s Indoor Track & Field
The John Carroll University women’s track and field team had a plan to divide and conquer plan this weekend, as JCU runners went to three different locations.
The plan worked to perfection.
Most of the squad came together in the Greater Cleveland Championships on Firday, Feb. 21, as the Blue Streaks took home with the victory.
Senior Gabriella Kreuz and junior Nicki Bohrer also did well at the Buckeye Tune-Up on Friday while the rest of the team ran well at the Kent State Tune-Up on Saturday;
JCU’s dominant victory at the Greater Cleveland Championships in Berea, Ohio started with 5,000-meter run. JCU took the top four spots. in the event, as senior Anna Busta, freshman Mallory Maher, senior Alyssa Singer and sophomore Molly Seifert finished first through fourth.
Sophomore Emily Jenkins took care of the 55-meter dash in 7.61, good enough to earn first.
That set the stage for sophomore Karissa Manko’s star performance. She won the 500-meter run, came in second in the triple jump, and came in third in the long jump.
Junior Megan Martinko broke the school record in the 55-meter hurdles with her sister freshman Sara Martinko following close behind her, taking second.
Junior Haley Turner finished in first in the 1,000-meter run followed by freshman Becky Rowher in second. While junior Jenny Vrobel came home with first in the one-mile and freshman Maria Mangione broke the school record in the weight throw.
While most of the team stayed in Northeast Ohio, Kreuz and Bohrer went up to Columbus to go against Division I competition. They held their own in the 800-meter run as Kreuz placed third and Bohrer took fifth which earn JCU tenth out of sixteen teams.
The final event of the weekend was at Kent State on Saturday where senior Caroline Kapela and Megan Martinko competed in two different events. Kapela came home with fourth in the 1,000-meter and Martinko was 15th in the 300-meter hurdles.
Men’s Indoor Track & Field
The John Carroll University men’s track and field team split up and attended two different meets in order to prepare the Ohio Athletic Conference Championship next weekend. The majority of the men competed at the Greater Cleveland Championships at Baldwin Wallace University in Berea, Ohio. Despite not having most of their distance squad, the Blue Streaks won the meet by over thirty points, with a total of 185.33 points.
Freshman Jonathan Radney had strong finishes in two of the sprinting events. Radney ran a time of 6.67 to earn him second place in the 55-meter race. Finishing right behind was sophomore Rondel Armour at 6.89. Radney was also third in the 200-meter dash (23.62). Radney and Armour combined with sophomore Mike Hydzik and junior Nick D’Amico in the 4×200 relay and won the race with a time of 1:33.58.
The Blue and Gold achieved an incredible sweep in the 500-meter run, taking first through fourth. Sophomore Will Cameron led the way and broke the school record with a time of 1:05.46. Next was Hydzik (1:07.32) followed by freshman James Fell (1:08.40) and junior Hayes Chrispin (4th, 1:10.85).
The Blue Streaks had another champion in the 800-meter run. Sophomore Dan Loya exhibited his strength in the half-mile event by winning with a time of 2:01.49. Junior Nick Williams also finished first in the 55-meter hurdles (7.89). Teammate sophomore Frankie Caponi was third in the event with a time of 8.13.
In the field events, junior Alex Hamidzadeh fared well with a height of 4.40 meters, enough to earn second. Juniors Yevgeniy Khmelnitskiy and Chrispin placed first (6.23 m) and second (6.11 m) respectively in the long jump. Chrispin was also second in the triple jump (12.27m).
The men’s throwing squad displayed their depth in both the shot put and the weight throw. Junior Rocky Mitolo and senior Anthony Chzimadia were first (15.27 m) and second (14.50 m) in the shot put. Mitolo also placed second in the weight throw with a distance of 16.73 meters. In third was freshman Nate Hunter (12.68 m).
The other half of the men’s team competed at the Kent State Tune-Up Meet at the Kent State Fieldhouse this past Saturday. The most notable performances were seen in the men’s 1000 meter run where sophomore Pat O’Brien held his own with Division I and II athletes and places second with a time of 2:34.76. Right behind him was junior John Cameron who clocked in at 2:36.48 (3rd). Sophomore Michael Hurley also had an impressive run. He finished sixth with a time of 2:37.37.
The men will conclude their regular indoor season by competing at the OAC championships this Friday and Saturday, held at the University of Mount Union. In 2013, the men were second and they look to succeed just as they did last year. Hurdler Nick Williams commented, “We have worked really hard this season and I believe that we will come into conference ready to battle for the top spots. We have depth and we will use it to achieve our goals.”