Tuesday, June 28 2022

Columbus, Ohio. – After most Wheeling Track & Field athletes competed in Otterbein Twilight Friday, the select few who headed to Ohio State completed day two of the Jesse Owens Classic on Saturday. There were strong performances against some Premier Division I talent as the Cardinals entered their final tune-up ahead of the 2022 Mountain East Conference (MEC) Championships.

The biggest performance of the day came from the men’s 4×100 meters relay team made up of Jabez Reeves, Lorenzo Pelham, Brian Vandusenand Julien Griffin. The foursome posted a new season best time of 41.36 seconds to finish second in the field. They were the top finishing team among Division II relay teams, beating Malone by 0.50 seconds. They broke the 42-second mark for the second time this season, beating their previous mark by 0.32 seconds. They finished second overall in the event, finishing just over 0.90 seconds behind the Eastern Michigan 4×100-meter relay team. It was a good start for all four athletes, and things would improve as they moved on to their individual events.

Griffin and Reeves were back in action when they competed in the 100-meter and 110-meter hurdles qualifying events. Both qualified for the final of their events and both finished in the top six. Reeves had the better performance of the two, finishing fourth with a time of 10.34 seconds, finishing 0.14 seconds off his qualifying time and breaking the school record. Griffin finished sixth overall with a time of 14.30 seconds to complete the sprint events. Senior Caroline Fodor was next in the 800-meter race and finished 32nd overall in a time of 2:19.78 to wrap up her regular season. The Cardinals would continue their success on the field as three more Cardinals took part in their trials.

The only Cardinal to cross between the two events was pitcher Zack Ekey, who competed in the men’s shot put. Ekey finished 15th overall in the event, throwing 13.75 metres, beating his Otterbein twilight mark by 0.42 metres. Keala McCurry was next in the women’s pole vault and was one of two Division II competitors in the field. She finished with a height of 3.58 meters, finishing eighth in the field and just 0.8 meters below her season high. The last athletes on the field to compete were the high jumpers Andrew Taylor and Tara Perry. Taylor established a new PR in the event, clearing 2.13 meters and he continues to climb the athletics rankings. Perry finished the day in the women’s high jump placing ninth at 1.51 metres.

The Wheeling University track team will resume action on Sunday, May 1, as they head to the MEC Outdoor Track and Field Championships.


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