RIO GRANDE, OH - The Ohio Christian Men's and Women's Track and Field program competed in their first conference meet at the University of Rio Grande this past weekend. OCU made their mark as several athletes finished very high and placing both teams in 4th place out of 7 teams. Brian Chandler won the 400 meter on a photo finish, winning by a hundreth of a second. In the 200, Brian lost by a hundreth of a second, placing 2nd in the 200. The team of Faith Layman (SO/Baltimore, OH), Erinn Bailey, Paige Lewis (JR/Mechanicsburg, OH), and Chanel McFarlin (JR/Lancaster, OH) placed second in the 4x100 in conference action. Ian Monaghan placed 2nd in the High Jump with a 5'11.
Coach Eric Hamner had this to say after the KIAC conference meet, "This was our first year in a conferene (KIAC) which will now be known as the River States Conference. We have doubled the size of our team and as every team does also had some injuries (sorry Isabella Ramirez (JR/Honduras), Kara Grace, and Kyle Benecke), but we only had 20 athletes compete and we placed 4th in the conference (nipping at the heels of 3rd). While 1st and 2nd second seem distant now, our team is only 4 years old, and we are growing in size and talent like crazy. Some of my athletes competed in more events than they ever have and scored in all of them. Almost all of my athletes had a season best in at least one event and/or brought home some hardware for being top 3 overall. Without a doubt, every one of my athletes put their heart into the team performance yesterday and I am extremely grateful for that. They have improved immensely since the indoor season, not only in athleticism, but in character and leadership and Christlikeness as well. Thank you guys for working hard, buying into to what we are doing, and making it happen. God is Good and we are grateful for his faithfulness, grace, and love."
The Track and Field program will be competing in the Billy Hayes Invitational in Bloomington, IN. After this meet, OCU will take their NCCAA National Qualifiers to Rome, GA to compete in the NCCAA National Invitational. Follow the remainder of the Men's and Women's Track and Field at www.ocutrailblazers.com and on Twitter and Instagram at @ocutrailblazers.
Sophomore Faith Layman placed 5th in the 400H and 100H (4pts), 4thin the 100(4pts), 2nd in the 4x100(8pts), 4th in the 4x4 (4pts), 7th in the 200, and got comeback athlete of the meet. (20pts total)
Senior Allison Devore Placed 3rd in the Hammer (6pts), 5th in the Discus (2pts), 9th in the shot, Graduated (8 total pts)
Sophomore Sidney Pell (SO/Peebles, OH) placed 4th in the Hammer (4pts), 3rd in the shot put (6pts)…(10pts total)
Senior Ciara Herring placed 5th in the shot put(2pts)
Junior Jasmine Junkins (JR/Canal Winchester, OH) placed 6th in the discus throw(1pt New PR), 6th in the shot put (1pt)…(2 pts)
Junior Erinn Bailey placed 5th in the 100(2pts), 6th in the 200(1pt), 2nd in the 4x100(8pts), 4th in the 4x4 (4pts)……(15 total points)
Sophomore Chanel McFarlin placed 2nd in the 4x100 (8pts), 4th in the 4x4 (4pts), ran 1500/800…Champions of Character Award
Junior Paige Lewis placed 2nd in the 4x100 (8pts), 6th in the long jump (1pt), 4th in the 4x4 (4pts)…(13 total)
Freshman Jared Hostetler placed 4th in the Javelin throw (4pts) PR, 3rd in the Hammer (6pts) SR/PR, 6th in the Shot put (1pt) (11 total)- Champions of Character Award.
Sophomore Dylan Newton placed 2nd in the steeple chase (8pts) PR/SR, 4th in the 5k(4pts), 5th in the 4x100 (2pts), 6th in the 4x400(1pt), 5th in the 4x800 (2 pts) (17 total pts).
Sophomore Ian Monaghan placed 2nd in the High Jump (8pts), 5th in the 4x100 (2pts), 6th in the 4x400(1pt), 5th in the 4x800 (2 pts) (13 total pts).
Junior Brian Chandler won the 400m dash by .01 seconds (10pts) SR/PR, placed 2nd in the 200(8pts) by .01 seconds, 5th in the 4x100 (2pts), 6th in the 4x400(1pt), 5th in the 4x800 (2 pts) (23 total points)- points leader.
Freshman Brock Shick placed 6th in the 4x400(1pt), 5th in the 4x800 (2 pts), 5th in the 4x100 (2pts), as well as running the 100, 200, and javelin throw. (5 total points).
RIO GRANDE, OH -- The University of Rio Grande won the team titles at the KIAC Men's & Women's Track & Field Championship Meet held Saturday, April 30 at Rio Grande, Ohio. The RedStorm repeated as the team champions in the both genders for the second year in a row. Below is a recap for the men's and women's meets.
KIAC MEN'S TRACK & FIELD RECAP
RIO GRANDE, Ohio -- University of Rio Grande won its second straight KIAC Men's Track & Field Championship Meet on Saturday at its campus. Rio Grande amassed 259 points to top the field of seven KIAC teams. Nikola Andjelic led Rio Grande to the team championship by being named the KIAC Male Most Valuable Performer of the Meet. Point Park University placed second for the second year in a row. Indiana University East was third led by Seth Reynolds, the KIAC Male Newcomer of the Year. Rio Grande's Bob Willey was named the KIAC Coach of the Year. The RedStorm's Kyle Sanborn was named the KIAC Comeback Player of the Year. The top three finishers in each event earned KIAC Men's Track & Field All-Conference honors.
KIAC WOMEN'S TRACK & FIELD RECAP
RIO GRANDE, Ohio -- The University of Rio Grande won the team title at the KIAC Women's Track & Field Championship Meet for the second year in a row on its campus Saturday. The RedStorm scored 287 points to take first place of seven teams. Point Park University placed second for the second year in a row, and Indiana University East was third. Tyanna Petty led the way for Rio Grande as the top point scorer and the KIAC Female Most Valuable Performer. The RedStorm's Bob Willey was chosen as KIAC Coach of the Year. IU East's Kristen Miller earned KIAC Female Newcomer of the Year honors. Faith Laymon of Ohio Christian is the KIAC Female Comeback Athlete of the Year.
The top three finishers in each event were named KIAC Women's Track & Field All-Conference. The KIAC Men's & Women's Track & Field Champions of Character Teams were selected with one member of each team chosen who best exhibits the five character values of the NAIA's Champions of Character program of respect, responsibility, integrity, servant leadership and sportsmanship.
KIAC MEN'S TRACK & FIELD CHAMPIONS OF CHARACTER TEAM:
KIAC WOMEN'S TRACK & FIELD CHAMPIONS OF CHARACTER TEAM