Field events strong for WC men’s track, field

ADA — The Wilmington College men’s track & field team had a dozen field performances score for the team in a third-place finish at the Polar Bear Spring Invitational hosted by Ohio Northern University (ONU on Saturday.

The Fightin’ Quakers finished with 97 points, third as a team and 50 points clear of fourth place Heidelberg University. The University of Mount Union won the invitational with 247 points while host ONU took second with 153 points.

Wilmington went 1-2-3 in the hammer throw as Nate Marcum (172’ 11”), Joe Shuga (171’ 7”) and Andrew Pacifico (163’ 2”) took home the top three spots in the event. Blake Jamison earned runner-up honors in both the discus (137’ 4”) and shot put (46’ 8 1/4”). Shuga and Marcum joined Jamison in scoring points in the discus as the senior took fifth (124’ 9”) and the sophomore placed sixth (124’ 3”). David Wahl scored a fifth-place finish in the javelin with a heave of 114’ 4”.

The Quakers also had a contingent score for the squad in jumps. Max Queen won the long jump with a leap of 21’ 4”) while teammate Aidan Henson finished third (18’ 9 3/4”). Queen also placed third in the triple jump (40’ 10 1/4”) while Anthony Gilmore’s mark of 5’ 10” in the high jump placed him fifth in the event.

In track events, Henson also scored points for the team in the 400-meter dash, crossing the finish line in fifth with a time of 51.91 seconds. In distance events, Wilmington had four of the top five finishers in the 3,000-meter run. Evan Whitaker won the event (9:02.42) while Noah Tobin finished second (9:09.75) and Ryan Honkomp placed third (9:16.06). George Rickett rounded out the Quakers scoring points in the event with a fifth-place time of 9:21.46.

Wilmington heads to Heidelberg University next weekend.