The John Carroll University men’s track and field team competed against some of the best teams in the Midwest at the Joe Banks Invite in Ada, Ohio on Saturday, Feb. 6. The Blue Streaks eventually finished fifth out of 14 teams when all was said and done.
Sophomore Matt Andrews was the star of the afternoon. One of JCU’s best distance runners, Andrews proved to only be getting better, as he broke the school record for the indoor mile at the Joe Banks Invite, winning the event with a time of 4:17.01.
While Andrews broke a school record, he wasn’t the only JCU runner to win their event.
Seniors Will Cameron and Frankie Caponi and sophomore Elliot Throkelson also earned victories in their respective events.
Cameron bested the competition in the 800-meter run, finishing with a time of 1:56.42. Caponi won the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 8.58 seconds, and Throkelson claimed victory in the 3000-meter run, finishing with a 9:04.26.
A handful of other runners contributed to JCU’s fifth place finish, even without victories in their respective events.
Freshman Cole Weirich and junior Jonathan Radney each competed in the 60-meter dash, finishing seventh and eighth, respectively.
Behind Andrews in his record breaking one mile run, senior Pat O’Brien finished in fourth place and freshman Ryan Scanlon crossed the line right behind him in fifth.
Ultimately, the Blue Streaks earned 87 points at the meet, good enough for fifth place. JCU was beaten out by Ohio Northern University (124), Ohio Dominican University (102), the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology (97.5) and Otterbein University (90.5).