DANVILLE, KY – The Trailblazers of Ohio Christian University traveled to Centre College this past weekend to take part in the Centre Invitational where over 1,000 athletes competed. The Trailblazers would come up against early adversity as weather conditions proved to be unpleasant for the meet with an average 56-degree temperature and 30 miles per hour winds. However, Ohio Christian would still place respectably in their events during the Invitational.
For the women: On the track, Erin Bailey, Faith Layman, and Paige Lewis would all perform well in the 100m dash placing 18th, 20th, and 23rd respectively out of 50 competitors. Erin Bailey and Paige Lewis would also do well in the women's 200m dash placing 24th and 28th overall. In jump events, Erin Bailey would also perform extremely well jumping 16 feet, 4.5 inches in the Women's long jump which is a new school record for Ohio Christian University. In throw events, in the shot put, Sidney Pell would have a great performance placing 8th overall, out of 34 competitors, throwing 36 feet, 0.75 inches. Allison DeVore competed in the hammer throw, placing 10th overall out of 39 who competed. Sidney Pell also competed in the hammer throw, throwing a new PR of 108 feet, 8 inches. In the Women's discus throw, Allison Devore and Cierra Herring would both compete placing 19th and 20th overall.
For the men: On the track, Dylan Newton (SO/Williamsport, OH) would begin the day running a season best in the Men's 1500m with a time of 4:29, placing him 29th out of 57 competitors. In the 800m run, Kyle Benecke (FR/Lewis Center, OH) would put on an exceptional performance. After concerns as to whether or not he would be able to compete due to injury, he went on to place 7th overall out of 62 competitors with a time of 2:00.95. "Kyle was limping and hadn't run for three days. We were about to make the decision not to run Kyle when I saw our assistant coach, Tim Allen (JR/McArthur, OH), praying over him. I decided that if we were going to pray for God to protect and uphold him that we needed to trust that he would. Kyle went on to win his heat and set a new outdoor school record," said head coach Eric Hamner. Dylan Newton also competed in the 800m winning his heat and setting a new season PR of 2:09.58. Next, Brian Chandler (JR/Westerville, OH) would compete in the Men's 200m dash placing 4th overall out of 54 who competed with a time of 23.01. Brock Shick (FR/Marysville) also competed and placed 33rd.
In throw events, Jared Hostetler (FR/Shelby, OH) placed 12th in the Men's hammer throw out of 44 competitors setting a new PR of 127 feet, 7 inches. Jared would also place 12th in the Men's discus throw. In the Javelin throw, Jared Hostetler would place 19th out of 39 competitors in the event. In the shot put, Jared would continue to perform well-placing 29th out of 45 competitors. Newcomer Carmearl Thomas (FR/Grove City, OH) would also compete placing 34th in the event. In jump events, Ian Monaghan (SO/Baltimore, OH) would compete in the Men's long jump placing 16th out of the 24 athletes who competed. Ian would also compete in the high jump placing 7th out of 19 competitors.
"The athletes handled the weather pretty well and gave solid performances, although fast times and distances were tougher to get," said head coach Eric Hamner, "It was a very competitive meet and it was humbling and exciting to see some do so well."
The Ohio Christian University Track and Field Program will travel to Athens, Ohio on April 9th to compete in the All-Ohio Qualifiers.