WC men 7th at OAC indoor track, field meet


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BEREA — The Wilmington College men’s track and field team competed in the final day of the Ohio Athletic Conference (OAC) Indoor Track and Field Championship Saturday.

The Fightin’ Quakers rallied after a zero point first day, to finish the meet seventh out of 10 teams, with a total of 32 points.

“I was really proud of our team this weekend,” WC head coach Ron Combs said. “We had a small group of qualifiers, but the kids gave a great effort. I thought we did a great job of taking advantage of the opportunities we had to score. We left a few points out there, but for the most part, I thought our team did a great job.”

In the finals of the men’s 500-meter run, junior Pierce Burnam finished fourth, with a time of 1:06.58. Burnam also scored a fourth-place finish in the 55-meter hurdles with a time of 7.89.

The 4×200-meter relay broke into the meet’s top 10 with a seventh-place finish. Freshman Aaron Koch, sophomore Eric Flynn, Jr., and senior Travis Scheadler teamed with Burnam and finished in 1:34.58.

Koch and Burnam then paired with freshmen Kaner Butler and Adam Knaub for the 4×400-meter relay. The team finished fifth, crossing the finish line in 3:31.17.

Of the day’s field events, junior Antone Truss cleared 2.01 meters and finished in second-place finish in the high jump.

To end the meet, three Fightin’ Quakers snagged top 10 finishes in the triple jump. Butler jumped the farthest of the three, earning fifth, with a jump of 13.05 meters. Burnam jumped 13.04 meters to earn sixth and Truss finished eighth with a jump of 12.34 meters.

For many, this meet marks the end of the indoor season, but some will continue on to the last chance meet hosted by Ohio Northern on Friday and Saturday in an attempt to better their chances of qualifying for the NCAA DIII Indoor Championship.

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