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ONU Men’s Track dominates 5-team OAC Split Meet

Mar. 29, 2008

By Gary Petit

WILMINGTON - Led by several strong individual performances, the Ohio Northern men's track and field team ran away with the 5-team Ohio Athletic Conference Split Meet Saturday afternoon in Wilmington.

The Polar Bears scored 212.5 points, more than 100 points ahead of Otterbein in second with 105.5.

Senior Ryan Robertson won both the 100-meter dash and the 200-meter dash. He led the field with a 10.90 in 100, and a season-best 22.21 in the 200. Robertson, an 3-time All-American in the long jump, finished fifth in the event with a leap of 19-6.

National Champion Jimmy O'Brien turned in a strong performance in winning the 5,000-meter run in a time of 15:07.72. His time was 42 seconds faster than anyone else in the field.

The 4x400-meter relay team of sophomore Joe Amstutz and freshmen Shane Huntley, Jeff Messmer and Evan Heyman finished second in a time of 3:28.29.

Amstutz also ran a season-best 50.42 to finish second in the 400-meter dash.

Junior Justin Linzy finished second behind Robertson in the 100-meter dash at 11.11, fifth in the 200-meter at 22.70 and ninth in the long jump with a mark of 18-10.5.

The Polar Bears took five of the top six places in the 100-meter dash as Messmer (11.23) and Ryan Fleming (11.24) followed Robertson and Linzy in third and fourth. Jared Lee rounded out the Polar Bear five in sixth at 11.54.

In the 1,500-meter run, Northern took third through seventh led by Paul Lewis at 4:10.44. Steve Darmon was close behind in fourth at 4:10.75. Thomas Adam (4:11.21) was fifth, Alan Bowsher (4:11.34) was sixth and Brad Neumann (4:14.08) seventh.

In the hurdles, freshman Garrett Brown finished seocnd in the 110-hurdles with a time of 15.98 and third in the 400 hurdles at 1:01.74.

Freshman Drew Knigga, competing in his first event, won the high jump with a leap of 6-2 and sophomore Jacob Weyrauch took first in the pole vault at 12-8.25. Weyrauch also finished fourth in 400-meter hurdles (1:01.95).

Junior Dominic Clouse placed third in the long jump (19-9) and second in the triple jump at 41-2.5. Freshman Timothy Yeh won the triple jump with a leap of 41-11.5.

In the throws, freshman Joe Gutter won the discus (130-08), was third in the shot put (42-6.75) and took fourth in the hammer throw (133-4).

Jordan Counts finished second in the discus at 130-06 and fourth in the hammer at 122-0. Anthony Thomas took fourth in both the shot put (39-3.75) and discus (119-3).

The Polar Bears will return to action next Saturday at th Ohio University Invitational.