*Story by David Wahl III
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Wilmington College Men's track & field team finished off the indoor regular season with a second-place finish behind Muskingum University, followed by Marietta College and host Capital University. The Quakers scored two shy of triple digits and had multiple first place finishes on the day.
Chas O'Connell started the day hot with a second-place finish in pole vault, jumping 11' 11.8". Max Queen had a busy day with a second-place finish in the long jump (20' 7"), another second-place finish in the high jump with a leap of 5' 10" and finished off the field events taking third in the triple jump (37' 9.25"). Wilmington was led by Anthony Gilmore in the high jump with a first-place jump of 6' 0.5".
The Quaker men had a relay team place second in both the 4-x-200-meter relay and the 4-x-400-meter relay. The 4-x-200-meter relay led by Queen, David Wahl, Gilmore and Calvin Walls started the scoring for the running events and took second place while the 4-x-400-meter relay was led by Aidan Henson, Gilmore, Eric Reynolds and Wahl also taking second place.
Cameron Combs led the team in the 400-meter dash with a second-place finish crossing the line in 59.26. Shortly after, the men went 1-4 in the 800-meter run with freshman Henson leading the charge finishing in 2:05.51, followed closely by Evan Whitaker, Reynolds and Tanner Creager. To close out the day, the men had a dominant showing in the 3,000-meter run finishing 1-5, led by freshman Noah Tobin passing through in a time of 9:20, Ryan Honkomp taking second place, Austin Wampler in third followed by Tyler Parks and Sam Eastes.
"I was really excited today with how the meet went," commented Head Men's Track & Field Coach Ron Combs. "We are getting the team healthy and ironing out the wrinkles. Overall, we are prepared for the conference championship."
Wilmington finishes the indoor track season with the Ohio Athletic Conference (OAC) Indoor Championships at Otterbein University next weekend.