Men’s Track & Field
John Carroll University men’s track team kicked off its outdoor season on the right foot. The Blue Streaks collectively scored 155 points to win the Amy Adams Memorial Invitational at Muskingum University this past Saturday. JCU finished 10 points better than runner-up Ohio Wesleyan University.
It was quite an impressive day for the JCU distance squad. Junior Patrick O’Brien won the steeplechase with a time of 9:52.09. Senior Johnny Honkala, sophomore Matt Oswald and freshman Jimmy White also contributed points, with third, sixth and eighth place finishes in the steeplechase, respectively.
JCU came close to sweeping the men’s 5k, where six runners placed in the top eight, scoring 35 points in this race alone. Sophomore David Cremi set a new meet record with his winning time of 15:09.81. Senior Tadhg Karski, freshman Elliot Thorkelson and juniors Michael Hurley and Andrew Snyder followed close behind, placing second through fifth, respectively.
Despite the strong headwind, the Blue Streaks continued to score points in both the sprints and middle distance races. Junior Frankie Caponi’s time of 16.42 seconds was good enough for a fourth place finish in the 110m hurdles.
Mid-distance runners senior Nick D’Amico and junior Mike Hydzik both secured second place finishes in their races. D’Amico’s time of 51.9 warranted runner-up status in the 400m dash, while Hydzik achieved a similar finish in the 800m run with a time of 1:57. Both of JCU’s relay teams earend second place finishes.
The 4x100m relay quartet of Caponi, sophomore Jonathan Radney and freshmen Austin Mcllvaine and Nick Woods crossed the line in 42.94, while the 4×400 relay quartet of D’Amico, Mcllvaine, Woods and Hydzik finished strong in a time of 3:25.51.
Women’s Track & Field
Strong performances by the underclassmen and seasoned veterans aided the Blue Streaks to a fourth place finish for the John Carroll University women’s track team at the Amy Adams Memorial Invitational in New Concord, Ohio last Saturday, March 21. The Blue Streaks scored a total of 97.50 points, while Walsh University garnered 143 points to win the meet.
Sophomore Becky Rohwer led the Blue Streaks in middle distance events. She took second place in the 800m run with a time of 2:26.58, and later cruised to another second place finish in the 1500m run with a time of 4:54.98.
Underclassmen played a crucial role in acquiring points through their performances in the 2000m steeplechase race. The Blue Streaks picked up 29 points, placing the top four in the five-person field. Sophomore Schasia Modrzynski led the pack, winning the race with a time of 7:45.01. Sophomore Mallory Maher, freshman Erin Kiley and sophomore Christine Smith grabbed second through fourth place, respectively. Junior Ang Bucci continued the distance side’s momentum, leading the Blue Streaks with a second place finishing the 5k with a fantastic time of 19:05.05.
Junior Madeline Sweeney snagged third place in the high jump with a leap of 1.53m. She finished in a three-way tie for first, but did not make the height until her third attempt. Junior Alex Ehrett placed fifth with a jump of 1.48m.
Additional points came from freshman Emma Harvey’s fifth place finish in the 400m hurdles, sophomore Joy Nyaanga’s sixth place finish in the open 400m, sophomore Zaida Smith’s seventh place finish in the 100m dash, freshman Gab Leon’s seventh place finish in the 200m and Sweeney’s seventh place finish in the 400m hurdles.
Heading into a matchup on Saturday, March 21 against Elmhurst College, the John Carroll University men’s lacrosse team was sitting at 2-3. After only incurring four losses all of last year, the outlook was not looking too bright.
But, the Blue Streaks responded with two huge wins. The first was a 12-6 win over Elmhurst on Saturday. And then JCU won 10-8 on Tuesday, March 24, defeating Albion College.
Sophomore Keegan Flinter led the way for JCU against Elmhurst, netting three goals on the afternoon, including the first goal of the game off a feed from fellow sophomore Declan O’Grady.
A pair of freshmen, Ryan Crater and Ryan Kelly, added two more before the end of the first quarter, giving the Blue Streaks an early 3-0 lead.
The second quarter was more of the same for JCU, as freshman Collin Rice added two goals of his own before assisting O’Grady for his second goal of the day, giving the Blue Streaks a 6-1 lead heading into the break.
JCU continued to dominate throughout the entire second half, never relinquishing the lead, and came out victorious, 12-6.
The Blue Streaks followed up that win with a 10-8 victory on Tuesday against Albion.
Kelly once again lit up the scoreboard for JCU early on, netting the first goal of the game for the Blue Streaks to set the tone just under four minutes into the contest.
The rest of the half was a back and forth affair as JCU and Albion scored goal after goal. But, an O’Grady goal in the second quarter was enough to give the Blue Streaks a 5-4 lead heading into halftime.
JCU stretched the lead to as large as three in the second half, never relenting the lead again on their way to the two-goal victory at Don Shula Stadium.
A pregame location change brought the Hilbert College Hawks to University Heights for a nonconference meeting with John Carroll University’s newest sanctioned sport on Friday, March 20. The first-ever meeting between the two schools was successful, as the Blue Streaks went on to defeat Hilbert, 16-2.
The scoring started early and featured seven different scorers for the Blue and Gold, helping the team to a 39-7 shot advantage for the game. Freshman midfielder Meghan Harte started the scoring early for John Carroll, earning the first two scores within the first 100 seconds of the contest. Harte finished with a game-leading four goals and set a new season-high in goals.
Offensive power was a main point for the hosts, as JCU edged out to an 8-0 lead before the 10-minute mark of the first half.
JCU added two more goals before Hilbert could answer. Heading into the break, Hilbert scored two goals in the final two minutes of the half, narrowing JCU’s lead to 10-2. The two tallies at the end of the first half would be the only goals of the game for Hilbert.
It did not take long for JCU to get back into the scoring groove coming out of the break, as JCU earned the first goal of the second half just 17 seconds later. Freshman attacker Annamae Bolen started the second half with her eighth goal of the season. Fellow freshman Grace Curatolo followed just 16 seconds later to help the offensive cause. Curatolo finished with three goals and four assists on the night.
With her 15th goal of the year, Curatolo now leads the team in goals (15), assists (14) and points (29).
JCU secured the 16-2 victory over Hilbert with a suburb effort from freshman goaltender Mary Jo Murino. She kept a clean sheet in the second half – her second shut out in a half this season.