TIFFIN, Ohio – The Wilmington College men’s track and field closed out the regular season Saturday by winning the Monica Scott Invitational at Heidelberg University.

The Quakers totaled 153 points to top the field.

Freshman Aidan Henson, an East Clinton graduate, continued to shine as he took first place in the 400-meter dash (51.65). He also finished second in the long jump and was part of the winning 4×800-meter relay team.

Simon Heys, also part of the winning 3,200 relay, placed third in the 800-meter run, just missing the sub two-minute mark in a 2:00.04 effort. Heys graduated from Wilmington High School.

Rickett and Eric Reynolds also were on the 4×8 team. The 4×400 relay was second.

The throwers dominated the field. Joe Shuga was unstoppable as he won the shot put (45-4.1), discus (141-5.3) and hammer (174-2.5). Shuga is currently ranked top 10 in all three events in the conference.

In discus, the men went 1-2-3 with the group of Shuga, Blake Jamison and Nate Marcum. That was not enough as they went 1-2-3-8 in hammer with the group of Shuga, Andrew Pacifico, Marcum and Alex Dewey. Pacifico launched a four-meter personal best with a throw of 174-1.

The duo of Evan Whitaker (9:42.84) and George Rickett (9:51.33) started the day strong as they went one and two in the 3,000-meter steeplechase.

Austin Wampler (16:39.83) and WHS grad Tyler Parks (16:47.02) went two-three in the 5,000-meter run to cap off the individual track scoring for the Quakers.

Wilmington saw multiple top three finishes from the jump squad. All three jumpers took second place in their events. In addition to Henson, Anthony Gilmore in high jump, Chas O’Connell in pole vault.

Sam Eastes, another WHS grad on the WC squad, and Marcum closed out the day for the Quakers with 2nd and 3rd place finishes respectively in javelin.

The Quakers will take next weekend off and have their eyes set on the Ohio Athletic Conference Championship meet May 6-7 in Tiffin.


By David Wahl III

WC Contributor