PITTSBURGH, PA - The Ohio Christain University Track and Field program departed from Circleville last Thursday with the hopes of improving their finish from last year at the 2017 River States Conference Tournmant Meet. Hosted by Point Park University, the meet would consist of six conference opponents battling for the regular season crown. The entire event would be hosted on Saturday, with weather changes providing some difficulty throughout the day.
On the women's side, the Lady Trailblazers would be led by standout Freshman Zarria Williams and team leader Ariel Young. Williams would finish the day with four medals, winning the long jump, 100 meter dash, 200 meter dash, and the 4X100 meter relay. Williams was also named the 2017 RSC Newcomer of the Year. Ariel Young would folllow that effort by winning the 10K with a time 37:43.72, which was good enough to hit the NAIA qualifying standard. Young also helped her team place fourth in the 4X800. Other highlights for the women included Rachel Lawwel placing third in the 200 meter dash, Markie Wippel placing third in the hammer throw, and Cayla Allen placing 2nd in the javelin. As a team, the Lady Trailblazers would finish in third place with a total of 85 points.
On the men's side, the Trailblazers were backed by Kyle Benecke who would win the 1500 meter race with a personal and school record time of 4:02.39. Benecke would also place sixth in the 800 meter race and 5th in the 4X800 meter relay. Dylan Newton would also have a successful day, placing 4th in the steeplechase and 5th in the 4X800. Other highlights for the men included Canaan Gardner placing fifth in the 5K and 10K, Ian Monaghan placing 4th in the High Jump, and Jared Hostetler placing 4th in the Discuss throw. Overall, the Trailblazers would finish in fifth place with a total of 38 points.
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