The University of Findlay track and field teams wrapped up competition at the Polar Bear Invitational at Ohio Northern University in Ada, Ohio on Saturday, April 22.
Freshman Clint Recker earned 1st in the men's 110 meter hurdles with a new meet record time of 15.18. He also placed 3rd in the 400 meter hurdles with a time of 59.14.
Senior Nicole Burlinson won the women's 1500 meter run after clocking in at 4:47.56.
In the women's 5000 meter run four Oilers claimed the top four spots. Junior Taylor Bolinger finished 1st (19:01.77), senior Melanie Ruich earned 2nd (19:18.50), sophomore Torrie Purdy took 3rd (19:37.47) and freshman Madilyn Greiner placed 4th (19:50.52). In the men's 5000 meter run sophomore Jonathan Allen won the event (15:45.29) and sophomore Jon Anderson captured 3rd (16:31.31).
Sophomore Austin Guthrie won the men's 3000 meter steeplechase with a time of 10:16.82 and sophomore Ty Gleason came in 2nd at the 10:38.43 mark. Freshman Sidney Towalski finished 2nd in the women's 3000 meter steeplechase with a time of 13:40.88.
Sophomore Madison Stechshulte captured 2nd in the women's 100 meter dash with a time of 12.68 and earned 3rd in the 200 meter dash with a time of 26.16. In the 100 meter dash on the men's side sophomore Khalil Capers placed 3rd (11.13) and sophomore Zach Jellison finished 4th (11.15). Jellison also added a 2nd place finish in the 200 with a time of 22.54.
Capers also won the long jump with a distance of 6.60m (21-8).
The women's 4x400 meter relay team featuring Shipman, freshman Aubreah Manns, Burlinson and Borer clocked in at 4:08.66 to win the event. The men's 4x400 team of Jellison, Capers, sophomore Sam Teston and Recker earned 2nd with a time of 3:30.91
The men's 4x100 meter relay team consisting of Capers, Jellison, Teston and Recker captured 1st with a time of 44.51.
Senior Derek Spindler won the men's pole vault with a height of 4.70m (15-5).
Freshman Gabby Seibert finished 4th in the high jump with a height of 1.45m (4-9).
Three Oilers claimed the top three spots in the women's shot put. Junior Trevia Gumbs captured 1st and met the NCAA provisional mark (13.85m|45-5.25), sophomore Holly Averesch claimed 2nd (12.73m|41-9.25) and sophomore Sabrina Bailey collected 3rd (12.18m|39-11.50).
In the discus throw four Oilers earned top four finishes. Junior Tynelle Gumbs earned 1st and set a new University of Findlay outdoor record, ONU stadium record and a new meet record with a NCAA automatic qualifying throw of 51.43m (168-9). She currently is ranked 7th in the nation with that throw. Tr. Gumbs placed 2nd and provo'd (47.87m|157-01), Averesch took 3rd and provo'd (45.81m|150-3) and senior Liz Streacker also provo'd and finished 4th (45.07m|147-10).
Three Oilers claimed the top three spots in the shot put. Sophomore Austin Combs won the event and provo'd (16.35m|53-7.75), freshman Javian Martin claimed 2nd (14.60m|47-11) and senior Mitch Adkins took 3rd (14.45m|47-5).
In the discus throw four Oilers finished in the top five. Combs took the top spot (49.30m|161-9), Adkins earned 2nd (47.09m|154-6), senior Garrett Gardner placed 4th (45.14m|148-1) and Martin finished 5th (44.64m|146-5).
The Findlay women finished second with 161.5 points and the men won the meet with 178 points.
The Oilers also competed at the 32nd annual Jesse Owens Classic at Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. The meet featured over thirty teams across all NCAA divisions, with most events having more than 25 competitors.
Junior Milani Glass placed 9th in the women's 100 meter hurdles with a NCAA provisional time of 13.96.
The track and field team also sent athletes to compete at the Georgia Tech Invitational in Atlanta, Georgia. The event featured over 25 institutions across NCAA Division I and II with most events having 40 participants.
In the 400 meter hurdles freshman Lenell Shelby III clocked in at 52.30 to earn 4th and meet the provisional mark. He currently ranks 10th in Division II competition with that time.
In the 200 meter dash sophomore Jaye Williams finished in 22.31 to place 42nd.
The 4x400 meter relay team featuring Effah, Shelby, Williams and Grieger placed 6th with a time of 3:20.25.
The Oilers next meet will be the Penn Relays, which takes places from Thursday, April 27 through Saturday, April 29.