LEXINGTON, Kentucky- The Wilmington College men's track and field team opened the outdoor portion of their season Saturday at an invitational hosted by Transylvania University. Of the 11 competing teams, the Fightin' Quakers finished strongly in third, with 121 points.
HOW IT HAPPENED
-Junior Pierce Burnam (New Richmond, OH/ New Richmond) turned in the first top-five finish for the team in this afternoon's competition. He finished second in the 400-meters with a time of 49.71, which was nine one-hundredths of a second under the previous meet record time.
-The next top-five finish came from junior Cameron Erwin (Springfield, OH/Northeastern). Erwin finished first in the 10,000-meter run with a time of 36:59.32.
-In the 110-meter hurdles, Burnam took third with a time of 15.74. He was joined in the top-five by freshman teammate Aaron Koch (Goshen, OH/Goshen) who finished fifth, with a time of 16.83.
-Koch snagged a fourth-place finish in the 400-meter hurdles shortly thereafter with a time of 58.67. Freshman teammate Kane Butler (Yellow Springs, OH/Yellow Springs) claimed second in the same event.
-Burnam and Butler teamed up with sophomore Elliot Phillimore (Old Fort, OH/Old Fort) and junior Eric Flynn, Jr. (Cleveland, OH/Central Catholic) for a 4x400-meter relay. The quartet earned third, with a time of 3:29.60.
-In the men's high jump, junior Antone Truss (Yellow Springs, OH/Yellow Springs) earned first and set a new stadium record, clearing a height of 2.08-meters. This clearance currently ranks him first in the Ohio Athletic Conference and second in NCAA DIII.
-Burnam turned in a second-place finish in the triple jump with a jump of 3.05-meters. In the shot put, junior Kalvin Butts (St. John's, MI/St. John's) earned second with a put of 12.31-meters. Senior teammate Linden Ayoki (Cincinnati, OH/LaSalle) finished just behind, in fourth, with a put of 12.27-meters.
-The Fightin' Quakers went three-four in the discus. Butts earning third with a toss of 42.35-meters, and Ayoki, fourth, with a throw reaching 42.25-meters. The pair also went four-five in the hammer throw with tosses of 42.46-meters and 41.77-meters, respectively.
-In the javelin throw, junior Alex Tillapaugh (Wilmington, OH/Wickenburg) was the lone Fightin' Quaker to break into the top-five. Tillapaugh finished fourth with a throw of 45.02-meters.
HEAD COACH RON COMBS QUOTES
-"I was really pleased with how the weekend went for both teams at Transylvania. We had people score points for our team in a lot of different areas on the track and in the field. It was a great start for us."
-The Fightin' Quakers continue their season Saturday at the Hanover Invitational in Hanover, Indiana.