WC men runnersup at Meindl Last Chance Meet

BEXLEY – The Wilmington College men’s track & field team took second at the Rick Meindl Last Call Meet hosted by Capital University Friday.

Wilmington finished with 136 points, beating Ohio Athletic Conference members Marietta, Muskingum, Capital and Otterbein. Ohio Dominican University won the meet with 151 team points.

In sprints, Adam Knaub won the 200-meter dash (23.56) while Elliot Phillimore took third (23.75). Knaub (third in 7.35), Aaron Koch (sixth in 7.51) and Luke Richardson (eighth in 7.62) all placed in the 60-meter dash.

Phillimore hit the line first in the 500-meters (1:11.23) while Sam Foote took fourth (1:19.87). Taton Bertsch was second (2:01.94) in the 800-meter run while teammate Josh Cyrus (2:07.35) was eighth. Rounding out the middle distances were Koch sixth (54.03) and Knaub (54.23) in the 400.

Evan Whitaker and Gage Clemens highlighted the Fightin’ Quakers’ performances in distance events as Whitaker won the 3,000-meter run (9:04.21) while Clemens hit the line first in the 5,000-meter run (16:31.94).

Ryan Honkomp (17:19.77) and Austin Wampler (17:27.27) followed Clemens in the 5,000-meter run while Cameron Phelps (fourth in 9:27.82) and Honkomp (sixth in 10:10.28) finished in the top six in the 3,000-meter run. Evan Brandon was eighth in the mile (5:37.76).

The Wilmington 4-x-400-meter relay squad of Bertsch, Phillimore, Cyrus and Whitaker finished second (3:49.58).

In field events, Richardson was second in the long jump (20-7.25). Joe Shuga (42-8.75) was fourth in the shot put and seventh (42-3.5) in the weight throw while Andrew Pacifico was fifth (43-4.25) in the weight throw.

“Our team performed really well,” WC head coach Ron Combs said. “Tonight was a great way to end our regular season as several people qualified for the OAC Indoor Championships.”

Wilmington heads to the OAC Indoor Track & Field Championships hosted by Ohio Northern University this weekend.