BW Men First and Women Fourth After Day One of OAC Indoor Track and Field Championships
Leslie Purnell Set
OAC Record in Weight Throw
WESTERVILLE, OHIO – The Baldwin Wallace University men’s indoor track and field team is in first place and the women are fourth after the first day of competition at the 2012 Ohio Athletic Conference Championships inside the Clements Recreation Center on the campus of Otterbein University. The OAC today, (Friday, February 24, 2012) crowned eight individual and two relay champions. In addition, the top three relay teams and individuals in each event earn All-OAC honors for the 2012 season.
Host Otterbein leads the women’s team standings after five scored events with 38 points. The Cardinals were followed by Ohio Northern with 36 points. Capital was third with 25 points followed by BW (24.5), Mount Union (19.5), Marietta (19), John Carroll (13), Muskingum (9), Heidelberg (6) and Wilmington (5).
BW leads the men’s team standings with 34 points, followed by Mount Union (32), Ohio Northern (30), Wilmington (20), John Carroll (16), Heidelberg (16), Muskingum (14), Otterbein (13), Capital (11) and Marietta (9).
The women were led by senior Leslie Purnell (Springfield/Catholic Central), who set the OAC record in the weight throw with a first place throw of 54 feet and 3.25 inches. Purnell bested the mark of 53 feet 11.75 inches set by junior teammate Cristina Perrine (Middleburg Heights/Midpark) at last year’s championships. Perrine finished second with a mark of 51 feet and 10.50 inches.
For the men, junior All-American Mitch Supan (Medina/Walsh Jesuit) won the weight throw with a throw of 58 feet and 4.50 inches and sophomore Brandon Eddy (Cuyahoga Heights) placed second in the pole vault with a vault of 15 feet and 2.25 inches. Junior Ken Janosko (Mentor) finished third in the 3,000-meter run in a season-best time of 8:42.34.
The two-day championships conclude tomorrow, Saturday, February 25 when 28 more OAC Champions will be crowned. Action begins with the men’s triple jump, women’s high jump and women’s shot put at 10 a.m. Running events start at 1:45 p.m. with the women’s 4x200-meter relay. The meet is expected to wrap up following the 4x400-meter relays at 5:10 p.m.
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