AU Men Finish Third, Women Come Home Fifth At Track Nationals

Drew Windle
Drew Windle

This is the weekend when the color green dominates. Saint Patrick's Day is just around the corner.

Green is also the color of money and that's where the AU track and field teams finished on Saturday (Mar. 15) at the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships - in the money.

The AU men were third in the final team standings. A year ago the Eagles were the national runners-up. This year, the Eagles were third with 48 points. St. Augustine's won the crown with 84.5 points and Adams State was second with 83 points. Minnesota State-Mankato was fifth with 38 points.

The Ashland women were fifth with 30 points. Adams State had 67 points to take first place and Johnson C. Smith was second with 59 points. Lincoln was third with 47 points and Grand Valley State captured fourth place with 44 points.

This year's Championships were held in Winston-Salem, N.C.

On Saturday, the men picked up their second national championship of the weekend. In the 800, junior Drew Windle won his second straight indoor title, finishing in 1:49.73. The runner-up was Dillon Webster of Findlay. His time was 1:49.94. On Friday, Windle was part of the distance medley that won the national championship.

In the 60 hurdles, Elijha Owens was fifth in 7.97. The men's 4X4 relay was also fifth. That crew crossed the finish line in 3:15.24. The quartet included Owens, Waquiem Comar, Windle and Jacob Cook.

Brian Baum was eighth in the mile. He completed the race in 4:16.44. His teammate, Nick Hall, was ninth in 4:26.68.

Donald Duke was third in the shot put. His best mark was 62-4.

For the women, Jessica Bridenthal was second in the shot put. She wrapped up that spot with a throw of 51-8.25. Georgian Court's Tiffany Okieme was first with a throw of 52-2.5. On Friday, Bridenthal won a national championship in the weight throw.

Jamie Sindelar was fifth in the shot put. Her best throw was 50-7.25.

Reliable Jennifer Foster was fourth in the high jump. She secured her All-America award with a leap of 5-10.5.

Jennifer Bjelac was eighth in the pentathlon (3702 points).