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Track and field preps for NCACs

Anna Hartig
Staff Writer

The College of Wooster women’s and men’s track and field teams traveled to Granville, Ohio last weekend for the Denison Invitational on April 27. Throughout the weekend events, a select few student-athletes continued to compete at the two-day North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC) Decathlon/Heptathlon held in Oberlin, Ohio on April 28-29.

“Though we had a meet at Denison University, Carolyn Webster [’19] and Jena Copley [’21]competed in the heptathlon at Oberlin and scored us nine points going into the conference meet,” said Regan Szalay ’20, who competed in the 400-meter dash at Denison. This gives the team a jump start while going into the NCAC Championships. Webster earned her 12th career All-NCAC certificate, placing second in the heptathlon, in which she rounded up 4,129 points total throughout this season. Copley scored 3,035 points and was fourth in the javelin throw with a throw of 81 feet, 7 inches.

Akwia Tilton ’20 lead the way for the women’s team by earning three top-two finishes in last Friday’s meet held at Denison University. Tilton finished first in the 200-meter event with a time of 26.58, which was over 0.8 seconds faster than her second-place opponent. Tilton also earned two second-place finishes in the 100-meter dash and long jump.

Elizabeth Obi ’18 had a successful meet, winning the triple jump with 35 feet, 2.5 inches. Earning even more points for the Fighting Scots were Emani Kelley ’19, who finished fourth with a time of 2:24.15 in the 800-meter run, and teammate Zoe Covey ’21, who finished with a time of 5:14.11 in the 1500-meter run.

On the men’s side, Jack Petrecca ’19 earned second place in the high jump with a height of 6 feet, 4.75 inches. Teammate Spencer Wilson ’20 took third place in discus with a throw of 145 feet, 6 inches. Additionally, Wilson added to the team’s success by earning eighth place in the shotput with a distance of 41 feet, 7.75 inches.

Miki Rae ’20 finished third in the 1,500-meter event with a time of 4:12.07 competing against 29 other student-athletes. “I think this meet showed people where they are and is probably going to motivate them to work even harder in practice,” said Justin Fox ’19. “Wooster track and field gives me an opportunity to run hard and spend time with close friends.”

The team is looking to reach its peak level of performance, as conference championships are approaching fast.

“As a whole, the girls’ team is trying to place in the top three at conference this weekend,” said Emma Sullivan ’20, who competed in the 100-meter dash and the long jump at Denison. Both teams will finish the end of the season with the conference championships this weekend.

Make sure to support The College of Wooster women’s and men’s track and field team as they travel to Meadville, Pa., for the NCAC championships on Saturday, May 5.

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