Indoor Track & Field
The John Carroll University men’s track and field team posted three school records and four top 10 finishes at the Kent State Tune-Up on Saturday, Feb. 21. The unscored meet featured teams ranging from Division I powerhouses to NAIA squads.
JCU sophomore Jonathan Radney had a very busy day, as he set a pair of school records. In the 60m dash, Radney placed third with a time of 7.19 seconds. He then cut his time down to 7.083 to take eighth in the preliminaries. Notre Dame College’s Devin Wingfield beat him and advanced to the finals by .001. Radney later took fifth in the finals at 7.052, narrowly earning his spot by .002. This time, he set a new school record.
Radney finished 12th in the 200m, crossing at 22.57 seconds. He broke the school record of 22.7 seconds, which was set by Eric Biro in 2001.
JCU also earned two top 10 times in the mid-distance events. Senior Nicholas Banks captured seventh in the 800m, finishing with a new school record time of 1:56.28. Earlier in the day, junior Michael Hurley crossed at 4:19.90 to place eighth in the mile.
Senior Rocky Mitolo earned 10th place in the shot put with a throw of 15.08m, taking 10th place. He placed 11th earlier in the day with a toss of 17.12m in the weight throw.
A few other notable finishes for Blue Streaks were junior Matt Chojnacki (17th, 3k), freshman Austin McIlvaine (20th, 200m) and junior Patrick O’Brien (20th, mile). Senior Nick Williams and junior Frankie Caponi took 11th and 19th respectively in the 60m hurdles preliminaries.
The Ohio Athletic Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships will take place next weekend at Capital University on Feb. 27-28.
Indoor Track & Field
The John Carroll University women’s indoor track and field team received an opportunity to prepare for the Ohio Athletic Conference Championship at the Kent State Tune-Up on Saturday, Feb. 21. This was an unscored meet.
Eight Blue Streaks earned a top 25 finish.
Junior Molly Seifert had the best day for the Blue and Gold with the top finish in the 3k. She took 17th with a time of 11:09.32. Junior Martha Bill finished 24th with a time of 11:15.40.
Sophomore Joy Nyaanga captured a top 25 time in the 400m (1.00.82), while sophomore Schasia Modrzynski took top 25 in the mile with a time of 5:27.73
Freshman Gab Leon placed 16th in the 60m, qualifying at 8.304. During the prelims, she cut her time to 8.165 and captured a 23rd place finish.
Senior Megan Martinko finished 23rd in the 60m hurdles, taking a time of 9.77. Sophomore Sara Martinko finished 24th in the 60m hurdles, with a time of 9.80. The Martinko sisters topped off the top 25 finishers for JCU.
The Blue Streaks will compete next at the OAC Indoor Track and Field Championships at Capital University from February 27-28.
Swimming & Diving
Entering the Ohio Athletic Conference Championships over the three-day weekend starting on Thursday, Feb. 19, the John Carroll University women’s swimming and diving team had not lost to an OAC opponent all year – running the table with a perfect 5-0 record over the course of the year.
Because of this, the Blue Streaks entered the OAC Championships with targets on their back, but JCU took on all it could handle, and ultimately finishing third out of seven teams after day three on Saturday, Feb. 21.
The University of Mount Union claimed the OAC title, finishing with 832 points, followed close behind by Ohio Northern University (664) and JCU (587).
The seniors stole the show for the Blue Streaks on day three, as a pair of seniors, Victoria Watson and Katii Sheffield, teamed up with sophomore Amanda Cassamatta and freshman Megan Hawk to earn a first place in the 400 relay with a time of 3:35.49, pulling away from the field and finishing a full three seconds ahead of their next closest competitor.
In the 200 breast, three Blue Streaks placed in the top 10 with junior Lindsey Fano leading the way, earning a second place finish with a time of 2:25.51. Freshmen Carly Adams claimed fourth with a time of 2:27.87 and Teresa Prinster placed tenth at 2:34.88.
Sophomore Samantha Clark did her part in the 1-meter dive, as she earned a seventh place finish with her score of 237.10 points.
Along with the third place finish at the OAC Championships, the Blue Streaks finished the season at 8-2 on the year.
Swimming & Diving
After a three-day weekend, the John Carroll University men’s swimming and diving team placed fourth out of six teams, competing in the Ocasek Natatorium at the University of Akron.
The final day was the key to the Blue Streaks locking up the fourth place finish, much of that was thanks to some key contributions from a pair of seniors swimming their final meets as members of the JCU swimming team.
Senior Anton Olson finished in ninth place in the 1650 free after receiving the 12 seed before the race. Olson touched the wall with a time of 18:03.12.
Another senior, Nick Bockanic, also capped his JCU career with a solid finish, placing seventh in the 200 back final with a time of 2:02.82.
The final relay of the weekend turned out to be the best finish of day three for JCU. The relay team consisting of freshmen Stephen Attewell and Brian Hulseman and sophomores Gabe Nock and John Scantling placed second in the 400 free relay with a time of 3:09.58.
The swimming and diving team finished the season at 5-5 overall in scored meets, and 2-3 against OAC competition.