(HILLSDALE, Mich.) – In its first year of the G-MAC, the Walsh men's track & field team has won the conference championship in dominating fashion. The Cavaliers pulled away on the final day to total 170.5 points.
The championship is the second one for Walsh in its NCAA-era and second this year after men's cross country won the G-MAC in the fall.
Findlay finished as the runner-up with 128 points. Hosts Hillsdale was third with 109, and Malone finished fourth with 105.
Marcus Myers was named men's Field Athlete of the Meet after he made up for 28 points. He highlighted the day as he became a two-time G-MAC champion with a win in the discus. The senior All-American added 10 points to the team standing with a throw of 53.16 meters to easily hit the Division II provisional mark on his penultimate attempt. Bucyrus Palo added three more points as he finished sixth in the event with a throw of 42.71 meters.
In the shot put, James Miller won the silver with a throw of 16.1 meters to hit the provisional mark. Myers was third at 15.59 meters, Dante Penza was fourth at 15.52 meters, and Derek Stout was eighth at 14.28 meters to give the Cavs 12 more points.
On the track, the 4x100 meter relay team took first with a time of 42.70. Trenton Beachy, Bryce Ostheimer, Zachary McClaskey, and Hunter Williams all ran on the team. Williams added another 10 points with a win in the 200 meter dash as he clocked in at 21.63. Earlier in the day, he finished third in the 400 with a time of 48.82.
Solomon Yoder was fourth in the 800 meters with a time of 1:53.53. Jacob Caniford finished fifth in the 1,500 meter run with a time of 4:03.29. McClaskey was fifth in the 400 meter hurdles with a time of 56.15. Ostheimer was sixth in the 110 meter hurdles with a time of 15.43. Beachy was sixth in the 100 meters with a time of 11.27.
The Cavaliers closed the day with a fourth place finish in the 4x400 meter relay with a time of 3:20.19. McClaskey, Brandyn Neal, Yoder, and Williams ran on the team.
Walsh athletes will be sprinkled around last-chance meets next weekend in hopes of qualifying more athletes for the national championships later on this month.