"The trailblazers opened with three of the best meets in the school's history," according to head coach Eric Hamner. "Not only was the trip a lot of fun but we made the most of it in competition." The track team took a spring trip to Coastal Carolina University where the team showed personal best from almost every athlete. Sidney Pell Qualified to NCCAA Nationals (Rome, GA) in the shot put and Brian Chandler (JR/Westerville, OH) qualified to Nationals in the 100m dash and the 400m dash. The team took that momentum back to Ohio and competed very well in the snowy conditions at Muskingum University, posting the best women's team score ever with three women making the finals in the women's shot put. The men also boasted 4 new school records and many lifetime bests.
At CCU: Faith Layman ran her PR in the 200m dash with a 28.51, placing her in 8th place for the event. In the women's 800m, Chanel McFarlin would run a new personal best with a time of 2:59.14. McKenzie Johnson would go on to shatter her PR in the 1500m dash running a 6:29.67.
For the Men: Kyle Benecke (FR/Lewis Center, OH) went on to set a new PR in the Men's 5000m Run with a time 16:09. Dylan Newton (SO/Williamsport, OH) debuted in the Mens 10000m Run and set a PR of 35:37. And Jared Hostetler (FR/Shelby, OH) would be the first Trailblazer to compete in the Men's Javelin Throw setting his PR at 34.57m.
At Muskingum: Faith Layman would start off the day in the 100m dash as she ran a 13.92 placing her 7th in the event. Erin Bailey placed 8th in the 200m dash with a time of 30.68.
For the Men: Kyle Benecke competed in the 800m Run placing 4th with a time of 1:59. He would also place 4th in the 1500m Run with a time of 4:10.
On the third meet of the year, this past Easter weekend, the team really united and knew they were dedicating their performances to glorify God in remembering His death and resurrection. The men and women scored more points than they ever have in a competitive meet. Highlights included Senior Allison DeVore qualified to Nationals in the hammer throw with a 3 ft. personal best with a sling of 38.62 meters or 126'8 in feet for a 7th place finish. Allison also place 12th in the shot put and 9th in the discus throw. Junior Ciara Herring also qualified to Nationals in the shot put with a toss of 11.05 meters (5th place). Jasmine Junkins made finals as well with a new personal best of 10.65 meters in the shot put. Junior Sidney Pell threw a National Qualifying throw of 11.03 meters (6th place). Sidney also placed 9th in the hammer throw with a new personal best. Freshman Hannah Laug also had a great day in the discus placing 12th with a new personal best.
On the track, Sophomore Faith Layman lead the charge with a National qualifying 100m dash and a new lifetime best to place 5th overall; this was just after placing 9th in the 110H race. Faith came back to place 20th in the 200m dash with a new PR. Newcomers Erinn Bailey placed 9th in the 100m dash and Paige Lewis was 12th overall. They also placed 18th (Bailey) and 22nd (Lewis) in the 200m dash, respectively. Lewis also long jumped and placed 12th with a near National qualifying jump. The women finished 7th (just missing 6th out of 9 teams eclipsing Capital and Mount Vernon Nazarene.
On the Men's side, On the track, Junior Brian Chandler lead the team in points with a 2nd place finish in the 400m dash with a time of 50.63, 10th in the 100m dash, and a new season PR of 22.7 in the 200m dash in which he placed 4th overall; that time qualified Chandler to Nationals in his 3rd event. Freshman Kyle Benecke ran a great 1500m race with a new personal best of 4:09.21 to place 7th overall; that time just missed the National Qualifying mark. . Benecke also came back to run 2:02 in the 800m dash. Freshman Brock Shick (FR/Marysville) also ran a PR in the 400m dash and came back to run the 100m and 200m dashes for the team. Closing out the day for the trailblazers was sophomore Dylan Newton with a new personal best of 16:51 in the 5000m run.
In the field events, Sophomore Ian Monaghan (SO/Baltimore, OH) placed 9th in the long jump with a PR jump of 5.62 meters and placed 4th in the high jump as well. Freshman Jared Hostetler placed 11th in the Javelin throw, 12th in the hammer throw with a new PR, and 13th in the discus throw. The team placed 7th out of 10 teams, beating out Ohio Wesleyan, Marietta, and Capital Universities. "We were firing on all cylinders today with a crew of only 17 athletes competing. We were setting new PR's and School records on almost everything we competed in. We could really feel God's presence on us and we made it a point to pray for our athletes while they were competing. A couple of our injured athletes, Kara Bandy and Isabella Ramirez, stepped up to lead that. Most received prayer right before they competed as well. It was just a great day to be the coach of this trailblazer team," head coach Eric Hamner stated.
The Ohio Christian University Track and Field Program will travel this weekend to compete at Centre College.