Men’s & Women’s Track & Field rise to the top in Ohio

By Jesse Sailer, Sports Editor

Ohio Wesleyan men’s track and field won their fourth consecutive all-ohio championship with Ohio Wesleyan women’s finishing in an impressive third place.

The men’s team won the meet with 116½ points. Otterbein followed with 97 points. Case Reserve finished third with 90 points, followed by Heidelberg (74), John Carroll (71), Capital (54½), Denison (43), Baldwin Wallace (39) and Wilmington with (38).

On the women’s side, Oberlin won the meet with 124 points above Otterbein’s 114. Ohio Wesleyan finished with 100½ points. Ohio Northern finished fourth with 74 points, followed by Baldwin Wallace (71½), Capital (58), John Carroll (49), Case Reserve (47) and Heidelberg (44).

Senior Nate Newman and sophomore Mike Heeschen won events to lead Ohio Wesleyan to the team title at the All-Ohio Division III championship meet, hosted by Ohio Wesleyan last Saturday.

Newman won the decathlon at last week’s multi-event portion of the meet, scoring a total of 6226 points to win his third All-Ohio decathlon title.  

Heeschen won the javelin with a throw of 175-10, his second consecutive All-Ohio title in the event.

“I can’t give enough credit to the people who have helped me get here, it’s something i’m immensely proud of and it’s something i’m going to keep in my sights for next season,” Heeschen said.

Sophomores Megan Sievers and Cirrus Robinson both won key events that earned Ohio Wesleyan points at the All-Ohio meet.

Sievers won the long jump with a leap of 18-9¾ as well as aiding the 400-meter relay team to a victory, combining with junior Alyssa Acevedo, senior Emily Brown and sophomore Jaliyah Atkinson to break the tape in :48.88.

Robinson won the high jump by clearing 5-5. It was her second consecutive All-Ohio title in the event.

For the men’s team, All-Ohio honors went to freshman Cade Richeson who was second in the shot put and third in the discus, junior Darcy Isaiah who placed second in the 800-meter run, and sophomore Ryan Lesmez who finished third in the 1500-meter run.

“We put in the work, and time after time it pays off in meets like these,” senior Justin Reznick remarked, “It’s about going out there and wanting to show how much work you’ve put into your event.”

The Bishop 400-meter relay team of junior Delontaye Morrow, junior Tommy Davis, sophomore Nate Minic and senior Griffin Peyton also won All-Ohio recognition with its second-place finish.

On the women’s side, All-Ohio laurels went to junior Cait Culberg who placed second in the 10,000-meter run, sophomore Tiffany Moore who was second in the high jump and senior Amanda Clay who placed second in the long jump.

Brown, who was third in the heptathlon at last weekend’s multi-event competition and finished fourth in the triple jump, fifth in the 200-meter dash, and sixth in the long jump, was also recognized as well as Acevedo, who finished third in the long jump.