NORTH CANTON, Ohio – With the Cavaliers men's track and field team at two different events, one part of the team competed in Findlay, Ohio at the University of Findlay Alumni Classic while the other part of the team was at SPIRE Institute at the Midwest Open in Geneva, Ohio.
"Both of our meets this weekend showed that we are progressing nicely as a team this early in the season," said head coach Rob Mizicko. "Our throwers had a really good meet at Findlay, while our distance crew stepped up and looked like completely different team compared to our opener at YSU last week. As a whole, we had a slew of PR's at both meets."
Findlay Alumni Classic
The men began the heptathlon on Friday before completing it on Saturday. Joel Berger finished second with 4,128 points. Conner Hluch placed seventh with 3,708 points and Peyton Speicher was ninth with 3,597 points. Berger was second in the 60-meter hurdles with an 8.77 run and tied for second in the pole vault with a 4.00-meter vault.
Walsh swept the top three podium spots in the open weight throw division on Saturday. Jacob Ott won with a 17.32-meter throw. Gabriel Miller was second (16.63 meters) and Bucyrus Palo ranked third (15.89 meters). In the Elite weight throw division also on Saturday, Bradley Gallitz was seventh with a throw of 16.52 meters.
SPIRE Midwest Open
On Friday, the distance medley team of Jacob Caniford, Chandler Wilhelm, Joshua Conrad, and Jacob Kernell set a new school record and a NCAA D2 provisional mark in a thrilling finish. They broke the three-year record by nearly eight seconds as they ran a time of 10:02.31, just .01 ahead of Malone's team.
In the 5000-meter run on Friday, Noah Murray led the charge as six runners all finished in the top 21. Murray finished second with a 15:01.45 time. Jared Bugaj was seventh (15:27.06) while Jacob Turner (12th), Ed Walsh (13th), Beau Boyden (19th) and Tyler Pace (21st) all finished in the top half of the field.
All of the other running events were run on Saturday in Geneva.
Trent Shane ran a 53.09 time in the 400-meter dash, the best time for the men.
In the 200-meter dash, Michael Contrucci set a season best with a 22.76 time, good for 14th best. Read was not far behind with a 22.90 in 17th place.
Two runners placed in the top ten for the 800-meter dash. Conrad was second overall with a 1:56.42 time and Wilhelm finished seventh with a 1:57.29 run.
John Laubacher was the fastest time for Walsh in the mile run as he crossed the finish line in a time of 4:39.94.
The 3000-meter run saw two Walsh runners in the top three. Kernell was second following an 8:30.38 time and Caniford placed third with an 8:34.85 time.
The 4x400 meter relay team of Bryce Ostheimer, Knoch, Wilhelm and Conrad finished fifth of 26 teams after running a 3:24.85.
Varney Pelima was fifth in the high jump with a 1.96-meter jump and then followed it up with a 13.39-meter triple jump, good enough for third overall. Ronald Robinson went 16th and 8th in the respective events of long jump and triple jump. He had jumps of 6.10 meters and 13.01 meters in the two events.
Dante Penza finished sixth overall in the shot put with a 15.45-meter throw.
The team will resume competition next Saturday (Feb. 2) at Mount Union for the Mount Union Invitational.