WC men 7th in OAC outdoor track, field championship meet

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NEW CONCORD — Led by high jump champion Antone Truss, the Wilmington College men’s track and field team finished seventh Saturday at the Ohio Athletic Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championship meet at Muskingum University.

“I’m really proud of the way our team hung in there,” WC head coach Ron Combs said. “We had some adversity in the prelims on Friday and then had to deal with the weather delay and issues (Saturday). I thought our athletes took advantage of the opportunities we had in (Saturday’s) events. They battled hard all weekend long and I’m really proud of the efforts they gave.”

For the majority of the team, this meet marked the conclusion of the season. Those that are close to qualifying for NCAA DIII Outdoor Championship will continue on to the Great Lakes Regional meet at Ohio Wesleyan University May 18.

Truss cleared 2.01 meters to win the conference title in the high jump.

Hunter Stith, Griffin Stith, Jeff Clydesdale and Gage Egner (Blanchester HS grad) finished seventh with a time of 8:16.74 in the 4×800-meter relay.

Kaner Butler was sixth in 56.43 seconds in the 400-meter hurdles. Pierce Burnam finished seventh in the 110-meter high hurdles in 15.69 seconds.

Eric Flynn Jr., Adam Knaub, Aaron Koch and Butler clocked a season-best 44.3 in the 4×100-meter relay and finished sixth overall.

Flynn Jr., Burnam, Koch, and Butler represented WC in the 4×400-meter relay, finishing sixth in 3:23.79.

Both Burnam (fifth at 12.98 meters) and Truss (eighth at 12.46 meters) placed in the triple jump.

Junior Alex Tillapaugh was the lone Fightin’ Quaker to score in an individual event on the first day of competition. Tillapaugh took eighth in the javelin throw with a toss of 48.76-meters.


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