At the Northwest Ohio Invitational late on Friday (Jan. 13) night at the University of Findlay, Ashland University's sixth-ranked men's and women's indoor track and field teams added to their automatic and provisional marks for 2017 NCAA Division II nationals.
Senior Megan Tomei, the reigning national and Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference female field Athlete of the Week, earned a new automatic nationals-qualifying effort in the women's weight throw with a winning mark of 20.21 meters/66-feet-3¾.
A pair of men's shot putters, senior Elijah Talk (first, 17.92 meters/58-feet-9½) and junior Daniel Roberts (fifth, 16.79 meters/55-feet-1), improved on their previous provisional distances, as did senior Jordan Crayon (first, 20.75 meters/68-feet-1) in the men's weight throw.
Another improved provisional mark was earned by freshman Paula Wollenslegel in the women's high jump (first, 1.68 meters/5-feet-6).
Winning their respective events on Friday night were sophomore Samantha Duale in the women's 60-meter dash (7.83 seconds), Tomei in the women's shot put (15.36 meters/50-feet-4¾), junior Hunter Heaton in the men's mile run (4:23.77) and senior Nick Hall in the men's 3,000 run (8:42.79).
Second-place finishes were turned in by junior Haley Gregory in the women's 60 dash (7.86) and women's 60 hurdles (8.98), Duale in the women's 200 dash (26.38), senior Marlecia Holston in the women's long jump (5.42 meters/17-feet-9½), sophomore Brandon Wilson in the men's 200 dash (22.52), senior Jason Zahn in the men's shot put (17.39 meters/57-feet-0¾) and Roberts in the men's weight throw (20.63 meters/67-feet-8¼).
Ashland thirds were earned by freshman Gariana Bercheni in the women's 60 hurdles (9.41), the women's 4x400 relay team of senior Nuri Lee, senior Tiarra Kick, Gregory and freshman Cassidy Newburg (4:16.50), sophomore Mackenzie Shepard in the women's pole vault (3.02 meters/9-feet-10¾), senior Brandon Freeman in the men's 200 dash (22.54), junior Ryan VanCauwenbergh in the men's 800 run (2:02.25), sophomore Steven Kapes in the men's 3,000 run (8:48.36), freshman Jared Ryder in the men's high jump (1.88 meters/6-feet-2), sophomore Jacob Sprague in the men's pole vault (4.33 meters/14-feet-2½) and sophomore Devin Snowden in the men's long jump (7.02 meters/23-feet-0½).
UP NEXT: Saturday (Jan. 21) at Tiffin.