Wabash best in state DIII track and field . . . again
Sunday, April 13, 2014 10:00 PM
Team depth, along with record-setting and season-best performances, provided Wabash its second consecutive Indiana NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championship held at DePauw University.
Wabash scored a total of 281 points, more than 100 points better than second-place Rose-Hulman's total of 166. Franklin took third place (82) followed by the host DePauw team (73) in fourth. The Little Giants won the inaugural meet in 2013. The championship began in 2012 but weather forced that meet to be canceled.
Derek De St Jean scored 28 points with individual victories in the shot put, discus, and hammer throw. His winning effort of 16.09 meters (52 feet, 9.50 inches) in the shot put broke the meet mark of 15.44 meters set by Wabash thrower Joel Beier last season. De St Jean's mark is seventh-best in the nation. He also captured the hammer throw title with a season-best mark of 53.71 meters (176 feet, 2 inches), the 20th-best effort this year in DIII. De St Jean took second place in the discus while topping his own meet record from last season. His throw of 46.52 meters (152 feet, 7 inches) came just short of DePauw's Marcus Dozier (47.32 meters; 155 feet, 3 inches).
Tre Taylor joined De St Jean in the top-eight of the shot put, finishing fifth overall with a toss of 14.11 meters (46 feet, 3.50 inches). Kenton Armbruster finished seventh in the hammer throw (43.40 meters; 142 feet, 5 inches).
Armbruster won the javelin throw with a top effort of 52.46 meters (172 feet, 1 inch). Matt Dickerson took third place (49.35 meters; 161 feet, 11 inches).Andy Walsh, in his first season as a member of the track and field team, took sixth place in the javelin throw with a mark of 43.96 meters (144 feet, 3 inches).
Wabash tacked on additional points with top-eight finishes in the remaining field events. Grayden Gilmore took fourth place in the high jump, clearing 1.78 meters (5 feet, 10 inches), while Connor Stumm topped the same height to claim sixth-place points. Wesley Adams finished fourth overall in the pole vault with a height of 4.46 meters (14 feet, 7.50 inches). Trevor Young cleared the bar at the same height for a fifth-place finish. Adam Wadlington turned in the best effort by a Little Giant for the season in the triple jump, hitting the sand at 12.98 meters (42 feet, 7 inches) to take fourth place. Arion Clanton's mark of 12.70 meters (41 feet, 8 inches) was good for sixth place. Nathan Mueller scored a seventh-place finish in the long jump with the team's best mark of the year at 6.32 meters (20 feet, 9 inches). Ronnie Posthauer took eight place with a distance of 6.29 meters (20 feet, 7.75 inches).
The Little Giants claimed seven individual and relay titles on the track Saturday. Aaron Schuler captured first-place finishes in the 100- and 200-meter dashes. His winning time of 10.62 in a strong wind in the 100 proved to be a season best by a Wabash runner. Sean Hildebrand finished third in the 100 with a time of 10.94. Schuler won the 200 in 22.56, with Hildebrand right behind in second place (23.02). Joey Conti took third place (23.06).
Conti scored his own victory in the 400-meter dash, setting a new meet record with a time of 49.73 to eclipse the old mark of 50.14 set by Wabash runner John Haley last year. Cole Hruskovich posted a time of 50.77 to finish third.
Nick Boyce set a new meet record in the 1500-meter run, winning the event with a time of 4:08.38. Billy McManus' second-place time of 4:09.14 was also ahead of the old meet record of 4:10.00.
Posthauer won the 110-meter hurdles with a final time of 14.39 in another event run with gusting winds. Wabash scored six top-eight finishes, with Wadlington following in third place (14.65) and Mueller in fourth (14.67
Wabash added victories in the 4x100-meter relay with a meet record of 42.88 to break the 2013 time of 43.25 by Franklin College. The Little Giants combined for a first-place time of 3:26.84 in the 4x400-meter relay.