(HILLSDALE, Mich.) – After the first day of the G-MAC Track & Field Championships, the Walsh men sit in second place with 44 points through five events. Overall, the Cavaliers had 13 athletes place in those events.
The highlight of the day was in the 5,000 meter run as Mark Hadley led a trio of Cavaliers that placed with a first-place finish. He won the event with a meet record time of 14:53.66, crushing the old record by almost 22 second. Noah Murray and Jacob Turner also scored points for Walsh as they finished sixth and seventh with times of 15:31.07 and 15:31.23, respectively.
Andrew Dowdell had a busy day as he not only competed in the pole vault, but is participating in the heptathlon as well. He finished second in the pole vault with a height of 4.42 meters to give Walsh eight points. He's currently fourth in the heptathlon with three events to go. Conner Hluch is ahead of him in third and Peyton Speicher is one spot behind in fifth.
Walsh found major success in the weight throw and scored a total of 14 points between four athletes. Marcus Myers finished second in the event with a throw of 19.89 meters. Sheldon Archer was sixth with a throw of 16.28 meters. Bradley Gallitz was seventh with a throw of 15.96 meters. Dante Penza was eighth with a throw of 15.41 meters
The distance medley relay team stood on the podium at the end of the day with a third place finish. The team of Jacob Kernell, Brandyn Neal, Solomon Yoder, and Jacob Caniford earned the bronze with a time of 10:30.57.
Ronald Robinson accounted for the final point of the day as he placed eighth in the long jump with a mark of 6.20 meters.
The Cavaliers will look to make a strong move towards a conference championship tomorrow as the G-MACs conclude in Hillsdale.