Dillon Hits Provisional At Tiffin Open
Sports Information Staff Report
March 27, 2004
Two more school records fell for Bluffton at Saturday's Tiffin Open as the Beavers placed third overall in the invitational in both the men's and women's team scores. Along with setting a new record in the pole vault, Clint Dillon also became Bluffton's first provisional national qualifier since 2001, with his winning vault of 15' 2.25".
Dillon's record-breaking performance was joined by that of junior Amanda Habegger. Both Dillon and Habegger broke their own school records, with Habegger's new mark coming in the 400 hurdles, at 67.64. Habegger also placed third in the 100 meter hurdles (16.43) and anchored both the Beavers' winning 4x100 meter relay (50.88) and their 4x400 meter relay (4:18.14).
Many other Bluffton athletes had standout performances on the day as well, helping pace the Beavers to their strong team finish. Sophomore Rita Muether won both the 100 and 200 meters in season-best times of 13.34 and 26.88, while junior Jana Hammer finished 2nd in the 100 and 3rd in the 200. Junior Michele Bailey had another strong day in the throws as well, easily winning the discus (119-10) while also placing second in the hammer throw. On the men's side, Steve Myers claimed second-place finishes in both the shot put (45-5) and discus (139-5), both season-best marks for him. Meanwhile, sophomore Dan Rosebrock came one second away from breaking Bluffton's school record in the 1500 meters, as he placed second in a time of 4:07.24.
Other standout performances on the day for the Beavers included: Stephanie Welch (800m - 2:32.07; long jump - 15-3.5), Jennifer Creamer (3000m - 11:27.53), Carrie Hudecek (3000 steeplechase - 13:13.17), Laurel Miller (triple jump - 32-3), Al Pearson (200m - 23.36), Shandon North (400m - 51.82), Jordon Bruner (1500m - 4:13.54; 800m - 2:02.50), Dave Espinoza (3000m - 9:24.80), Pat Cooley (3000m - 9:50.95), Chris Wojciechowski (3000m - 9:54.11), Andy Schiefer (3000 steeplechase - 10:36.04), Jeremy King (high jump - 6-0), Colby Bright (long jump - 21-3.25; triple jump - 40-11.75), and Josh Espinoza (pole vault - 13-6.25).
The Beavers finished behind Tiffin and Ohio Northern in both the men's and women's team scores, while defeating Heidelberg, Marietta, and Baldwin-Wallace. The women narrowly missed out on a second-place finish, getting edged out by the Tiffin Dragons, 132-130.5.
Bluffton will next be in action this coming Saturday, when they host the 2004 Beaver Invite. Action at Salzman Stadium begins at 10 am with the field events and 11 am with the running events.