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Robertson, Weyrauch, 4x800 win as ONU leads after Day 1 of OAC Track & Field Championships

April. 25, 2008

By Zach Stipe

WILMINGTON - The No. 4-ranked Ohio Northern men's track & field team won three events and leads with 61.5 points after Day 1 of the Ohio Athletic Conference Outdoor Track & Field Championship on Friday at the Beckett Track & Field Facility.

Mount Union (46) and Baldwin-Wallace (30) are Northern men's closest competitors after the first day of competition.

Senior Ryan Robertson captured his second individual long jump title with a leap of 22-03.5, while sophomore Jacob Weyrauch won the pole vault with a career-best and NCAA provisional height of 15-05.

In addition, the men's 4x800 relay of juniors Jimmy O'Brien, Steve Darmon and Eric Porter and sophomore Joe Amstutz grabbed first-place with a time of 7:44.53

This was the third consecutive year ONU won the 4x800. O'Brien and Porter have been on each winning relay, while Amstutz was on the 2007 champions, as well.

The Polar Bear men dominated the pole vault and the long jump.

In addition to Weyrauch's victory, sophomore Paul Metzner got third (15-01) to nab All-OAC honors, while freshman Andrew Lammers (14-05.25) and junior JT Perez (14-01.25) finished sixth and tied seventh, respectively, in the pole vault.

In the long jump, freshman Jacob Fox (21-06) and junior Justin Linzy (20-10) finished fifth and sixth, respectively.

Sophomore Alan Bowsher was runner-up in the 10,000-meter run (33:20.50), while junior Paul Lewis was fourth in the event (33:54.70).

Robertson and Linzy each won their heats in the 100-meter dash. Linzy turned in a career-best 10.90 to qualify first, while Robertson clocked a 10.92 to sit second. Freshman Ryan Flemming also qualified with a time of 11.10.

Also, Robertson (22.08) and Linzy (22.50) qualified 1-3 in the 200-meter dash

Fox qualified to the finals in the 110-meter hurdles (15.71) and the 400-meter hurdles (57.25), while freshman Garrett Brown nabbed the last finals spot in the 110 hurdles with a time of 16.48

Amstutz qualified to the finals of the 400-meter dash with a career-best 49.89.

The OAC Championships resume tomorrow at 10 a.m. for field events and 1:40 p.m. for running events.

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DAY 2

April 26, 2008

By Gary Petit

WILMINGTON - Senior Ryan Robertson and junior Jimmy O'Brien each won two more individual titles to lead the Ohio Northern men's track & field team to a second place finish at the 2008 Ohio Athletic Conference Outdoor Track & Field Championships.

Northern finished with 162.5 team points. Mount Union claimed the OAC Title with 183 total points. The Student Princes of Heidelberg finished third with 107 points and Baldwin-Wallace was fourth at 83.

Robertson won the 100-meter dash (10.93) and 200-meter dash (22.15) titles in addition to his long jump title Friday night. O'Brien captured the 800-meter (1.54.10) and 1,500-meter titles (3:56.45) Saturday and was part of the winning 4x800-meter relay team Friday. For their efforts, Robertson was named the Harrison Dillard Male Sprinter of the Meet and O'Brien was named the Jim Wuske Male Distance Runner of the Meet.

The 100-meter title was the first of Robertson's career and the 200-meter win was his second, as he defended his crown from one year ago. He now has won 10 OAC Titles in his career.

O'Brien won his third-striaght 800-meter title and his second-straight 1,500-meter crown. The junior has claimed 13 OAC Titles in his career, one shy of Matt Wolf's 14 for the most in school history.

Robertson also ran the first leg of the 4x100-meter relay team that ran a solid race and was nipped at the line by Heidelberg. The team of Robertson, Ryan Fleming, Justin Linzy and Julian Horn crossed the line in 42.17, just .05 seconds behind The Berg at 42.12.

Freshman Jacob Fox earned All-OAC honors in the 110-meter hurdles with a third place finish in a time of 15.12. He also finished 8th in the 400-meter hurdles in 58.18 to go along with his fifth place finish in the long jump Friday night.

Linzy picked up a pair of fourth place finishes in the 100- and 200-meter dashes. He was the top qualifier in the 100-meter dash at 10.90 but ran an 11.08 in the finals. In the 200, he crossed the line in a time of 22.52.

Freshman Drew Knigga and sophomore Alan Bowsher were the only other Polar Bears to earn All-OAC honors. Knigga turned in a season-best leap of 6-4.25 to finish second in the high jump to earn his first career All-OAC honors.

Bowsher claimed his third All-OAC honors with a third place finish in the 5,000-meter run in a time of 15.31.55.

Freshman Timothy Yeh jumped a season-best 42-3.25 to finish fourth in the triple jump.

The Polar Bears return home to host the Joe Banks Invitational next weekend, May 2-3 at the ONU Track & Field Complex.