Mens Track and Field
The John Carroll University’s men’s track and field team took to sunny Charlotte, N.C. to make its outdoor season debut on Friday, March 21 and Saturday, March 22, as JCU competed at the Charlotte 49er Classic.
The warm weather spurred on JCU to a solid performance in the unscored meet, as many Blue Streaks posted outstanding performances during the two-day meet.
Sophomore Will Cameron ran an incredible time of 1:55.91 in the 800-meter run, placing him 12th overall. Freshman Eric Hansen followed close behind, placing 22nd overall with a time of 1:57.86.
Senior Chuck Mulé dropped time in the 5,000 meter-run, winning his heat with a time of 15:03.14 and landing him 20th place overall.
Freshman Blake Babcock made his steeplechase debut in the 3000 meter race, finishing 13th with a time of 6:53.68.
The 4×100 meter relay team, consisting of sophomore Frankie Caponi, junior Nick D’Amico, sophomore Rondell Armour and freshman Jonathan Radley, ended up 14th with a time of 43.74. The 4×400 meter relay, made up of Cameron, D’Amico, sophomore Mike Hydzik and junior Hayes Chrispin, also fared well, finishing 11th with a time of 3:20.31.
In the field events, junior Rocky Mitolo finished in the top 15 in all three of his events.
He started off by breaking the school record in the hammer throw with a distance of 50.13 meters. In the shot put, Mitolo’s 15.35 meter throw landed him fifth. Senior Anthony Chizmadia also fared well in the event, finishing 11th (14.74 meters). Mitolo was also 14th in the discus with a throw of 44.12 meters.
“I’m extremely proud of how we performed,” Cameron said. “It’s not easy to shake off a 10-hour bus ride and race. It looks like we’re improving upon a great indoor season.”
Womens Track and Field
Escaping the cold start of spring, the John Carroll University women’s track and field team traveled to Charlotte, N.C. for the 49er Classic on Friday, March 21 and Saturday, March 22.
Showcasing strong distance and relay teams for the Blue and Gold, the team competed against 25 schools, including many Division I programs.
“We are all a little sore from the transition from indoor to outdoor,” senior Gabriella Kreuz said of the unscored meet. “But we had a handful of personal bests from our team so that was good.”
Heading into the first outdoor meet of the season, the Blue and Gold saw the return of a very important core.
Senior Nicki Bohrer had three All-OAC finishes for the outdoor season in her distance efforts, and junior Megan Martinko had two All-OAC honors during the 2013 season.
Kreuz also had a phenomenal indoor track and field season.
The core represented JCU strongly in the first outdoor meet of the season. Kreuz grabbed the eighth spot in 1,500-meter run (4:38.10) and junior Jenny Vrobel held seventh in the 3,000 steeplechase (11:54.80) – the only two Blue Streaks to place in the top 10 of an event.
Kreuz had a successful outing at the Irwin Belk Track and Field Center in other ways, too. To go along with her 1,500-meter finish, the senior added 13th in the 800-meter run, finishing with an impressive time of 2:16.23.
Junior Haley Turner finished 24th (2:18.67) and freshman Becky Rohwer crossed the line 36th at 2:21.06.
“It is so much fun to open up outdoor track among Division I competition,” Martinko said. “The meet [was] so exciting, and that environment, plus good competition, brought out some fast times.”