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Robertson wins four events, leads No. 4 Men's Track to win at Kenyon Invitational

April 19, 2008

By Tim Glon

GAMBIER - Senior All-American Ryan Robertson won four events to lead a dominating performance by the No. 4-ranked Ohio Northern men's outdoor track and field team at the Kenyon Invitational on Saturday.

The Polar Bears won the 10-team meet with 189 points, nearly doubling the total of second place Ohio Wesleyan, who finished with 98 points. John Carroll was third with 85 and Oberlin was fourth with 69.5

Robertson, who has won the Ohio Athletic Conference Men's Field Athlete or Runner of the Week honors each of the past three weeks, could be the odds-on favorite to win another honor this week after his impressive performance on Saturday.

Robertson won the 100-meter dash in :11.13, won the 200 dash in :22.35, won the long jump by jumping 22-1 3/4 and joined Justin Linzy, Ryan Fleming and Julian Horn to win the 4x100 relay in :42.08.

In all, Ohio Northern won seven of the 19 events and added six more second place finishes in the meet.

Junior two-time national champion Jimmy O'Brien won the 400-meter dash in an NCAA provisional qualifying :48.33.

He also joined Joe Amstutz, Shane Huntley and Evan Heyman to win the 4x400 relay in 3:21.74.

O'Brien has now qualified for the NCAA Division III Outdoor Championships, May 22-24 at Oshkosh, Wis., in the 400, 800 and 1500 runs this year.

Josh Stamper also posted a victory for the Polar Bears, winning the hammer throw with a heave of 133-4.

Justin Linzy also had a solid day. In addition to his win in the 4x100 relay, he finished second in the 100 dash in 11.13 and the 200 dash in 22.61 and was fourth in the long jump with a leap of 20-10 1/2.

The Polar Bears went 1-2-3-4 to dominate the long jump as Jacob Fox finished second (22-0 1/4) and Dominic Clouse finished third (21-0 3/4).

Steve Darmon finished second in the 1500 run in 4:07.20 and Fox placed second in the 110 hurdles in :15.09.

Ohio Northern finished 2-3 in the pole vault as Jacob Weyrauch was second by clearing a height of 14-10 3/4 and Andrew Lammers was third with a height of 14-4 3/4.

Garrett Petty rounded out ONU's top-3 finishes by placing third in the high jump with a height of 6-0.

The Polar Bears will compete at the Ohio Athletic Conference Championships next Friday-Saturday at Wilmington.