2018 Track and Field
Cash wins mile at Tiffin
January 20, 2018
TIFFIN, Ohio - After the unexpected delay in the resumption of the season due to the cancellation of last Friday night’s meet at the University of Findlay, the Beavers traveled to Tiffin, Ohio for the Tiffin University Dragon Open. Competing in a field of mainly Division II and NAIA scholarship schools, many of the Beavers acquitted themselves well.
The team performance of the day was the win by sophomore Alexis Cash (Gaines, MI/Lake Fenton) in the women’s mile. Cash bested the field of 30 competitors in a PR and HCAC championship qualifying time of 5:37.21. Following closely in 3rd place was freshman Bailie Barrington (Waynesfield/Waynesfield-Goshen) who narrowly missed the qualifying standard. Barrington returned later in the afternoon in the 800 where she placed 5th in a field of 33 and turned in a qualifying time of 2:31.87. At the 3000 meter distance, junior Jonah Eckert (Terre Haute, Ind./West Vigo) posted a qualifying time of 9:16.31 with his 6th place finish in the field of 38 competitors. The final track qualification for the championship came from junior Keturah Warlick (East Point, Mich./Clintondale) who clocked 8.33 in the 60 meter dash. While not a qualifying time, sophomore Connor Gulick (Edgerton/Hicksville) ran a PR time in the mile.
The field events saw three additional qualifying standards met. Sophomore Nathan Willow (Arlington) qualified in the high jump, while senior Erick Benge (Monrovia, Ind./Monrovia) and sophomore Maelinn Delong (Archbold/Bryan) had both qualifying marks and PR performances in the weight and shot put respectively. Impressively, Benge finished 6th in the highly competitive field of 27th throwers. Producing throws PRs were freshman Stephanie Fox (Pickerington/Central) in both shot put and weight and sophomore John Jones (Cincinnati/Walnut Hills) in weight.
“Overall it was a good day,” said Head Coach Karen Brandt. “We definitely had some rough patches in some events, but that happens in any meet and we just have to roll with it, get back to training and make it right the next meet. I am pleased with the work ethic, effort and camaraderie of this year’s group. Those that struggled know what they need to focus on and when team chemistry is good, good results generally follow.”
The Beavers are back in action Friday and Saturday, Jan. 26 and 27 at the University of Findlay. Friday night sees the Beaver vaulters in action with the remainder of the meet taking place throughout the day Saturday.