Spartans among Ohio’s Best

Track and Field finishes strong at All-Ohio Championship

The highest jumpers, fastest runners and strongest throwers in the state of Ohio came together last weekend in the All-Ohio DIII Track and Field Championship.

Many of the Spartan athletes fell in this category, as the men’s team placed sixth in the state, while the women’s squad placed eighth.

The Spartans pulled up 84 points between the two teams, 42 points each. The championship meet was swept by the Mount Union teams, who took home both the men’s and women’s team titles.

The men’s squad was boosted to their sixth place finish out of the 18 competing squads with their record breaking performances both the 4X200 and 4×400 meter relays.

The 4×200 relay was run by juniors Jonathan Freeman and senior Josh Malone, along with sophomore Nathaniel Wahner and freshman Andrew Ibibo. The Spartans posted an impressive time of 1:30.76. This time was more than two whole seconds faster than last weekend’s winning and record time of 1:33.23 for the Spartans, impressive improvement.

The 4×400 relay saw Freeman and Wahner team up again, along with sophomore Nico Ericksen-Deris and junior Devon Belew, to beat the competition across the finish line in a Case Western Reserve University record time of 3:26.74, the second CWRU record to fall that day.

In addition to those first place finishes, the Spartans placed second in the distance medley, which was run by Ibibo and Deris, along with sophomore Joe Ledger and freshman Aidan DeSanto. Freshman Sam Merriman finished fifth in the 5,000-meter run and freshman Grant Mlack vaulted himself to fourth in the 60-meter hurdles.

In the field events, senior captain Mark Kulinski followed up his record-setting meet last weekend with a third place 4.80-meter pole vault.

The women’s 42 points were good for an eighth place out of 19 teams at the All-Ohio Championships, and while no Spartans clocked a first place finish, they had a slew of strong places to claim the eighth-place spot.

The best Spartan finish was from junior Kelsey Aamoth, who ran that 3,000-meter run with a second place finish of 10:16.34. In the following event, senior Kristen Ruckstuhl came in second as well, in the 5,000-m run finishing just under 13 minutes at a quick 12:42.94. Junior Lydia Greene also added points for the Spartans in the 5,000-meter as she finished sixth.

Aamoth teamed up with fellow junior Juliana Ross, freshman Danielle Kulpins and senior McKenzie Braun to put together a third place distance medley finish with a time of 12:42.94.

In the field events, the best Spartan finish was junior Asanté Brown’s 10.95-meter triple jump, and senior Sophia Herzog cleared the 3.21-meter bar in the pole vault. Finally Temi Omilabu threw a 14.15-meter distance for an eighth place finish.

The Spartans return to competition tonight as they compete against all the cross-town rivals. The Spartans will travel to Baldwin Wallace University to compete in the Greater Cleveland College Championship. The action kicks off tonight at 5 p.m.