Ashland University's nationally-ranked men's (No. 3) and women's (No. 25) indoor track and field teams returned to action on Sunday (Jan. 7) at the Akron Pole Vault Convention, and did so with two improved provisional marks and two new ones for 2018 NCAA Division II nationals.
Sophomore Alex Hill won the men's weight throw with a top mark of 20.78 meters/68-feet-2¼, and was runner-up in the men's shot put at 16.04 meters/52-feet-7½ to improve upon his prior provisional distances.
Earning first-place finishes in individual events on Sunday were junior Myles Pringle in the men's 400-meter dash (47.10 seconds), sophomore Cassidy Newburg in the women's 400 dash (58.67 seconds), freshman Brenden Archer in the men's 60 dash (6.95 seconds), junior Natalie Helenthal in the women's weight throw (18.54 meters/60-feet-10) and sophomore Jake Glass in the men's shot put (16.11 meters/52-feet-10¼).
Both of Ashland's 4x400 relay teams were victorious, as well. The women's quartet of freshmen Maddi Yingst and Angel Frye, Newburg and freshman Rachel Miller won in 3:57.75, and the men's relay team of freshmen Channing Phillips and T.J. Elliott, senior William Robinson and Pringle won in 3:18.67.
Runner-up showings came from Miller in the women's 400 dash (59.04 seconds), Newburg in the women's 200 dash (25.99 seconds), sophomore Kyle D'Ambrosio in the men's triple jump (12.28 meters/40-feet-3½), sophomore Nick Zak in the men's weight throw (18.80 meters/61-feet-8¼) and redshirt freshman Gianna DiPippo in the women's shot put (14.11 meters/46-feet-3½).
Taking thirds were Phillips in the men's 400 dash (49.19 seconds), Frye in the women's 200 dash (26.21 seconds), Archer in the men's 200 dash (22.22 seconds), junior Mackenzie Leigh in the women's weight throw (16.80 meters/55-feet-1½), senior Marie Hammer in the women's long jump (5.39 meters/17-feet-8¼), senior Tyler Lance in the men's 3,000 run (8:48.27), senior Hannah Bartlome in the women's high jump (1.63 meters/5-feet-4¼) and junior Jim Toth in the men's weight throw (18.17 meters/59-feet-7½).
UP NEXT: Friday (Jan. 12) at the Findlay Border Battle.