Baldwin Wallace Track Athletes Perform Well at “Last Chance” Meet in Alliance
BEREA, OHIO – Select Baldwin Wallace University men’s and women’s indoor track and field participants competed today at the University of Mount Union’s “Last Chance” Meet in the McPherson Academic & Athletic Complex. The meet is designed to give participants one more opportunity to qualify for next week’s NCAA Division III National Championship Meet.
For the men, junior All-American Mitch Supan (Medina/ Walsh Jesuit) won the weight throw with a toss of 60-feet and two inches for the 17th best throw in Division III this year. In addition, junior Jake Buckey (Geneva) had a season-best throw of 51’11.25”
In the shot put, junior Zach Marinucci (Brunswick) had his best throw of the year with a toss of 54’8.25” to rank eighth nationally in Division III. Although, Supan only had a throw of 48’4.75” at Mt. Union, his season-best throw of 53’0.25” still ranks him tied for 17th nationally. Senior Miles Moore (Gettysburg, Pa./ DeLeone Catholic) did not compete at Mt. Union and is ranked 39th in Div. III with a season-best of 51’0”.
Also not competing at Mt. Union was sophomore heptathlete Brandon Eddy (Cuyahoga Heights). Despite not participating, he still leads the national in the heptathlon with 5,065 points, is ranked in a tie for 11th in the pole vault at 16’0” and tied for 18th in the high jump with a best of 6’7”
For the women, senior Leslie Pernell (Sprinfield/ Catholic Central) and junior Cristina Perrine (Middleburg Heights/ Midpark) placed first and second, respectively, in the weight throw with tosses of 54’2.5” and 54’2”, respectively. Perrine currently ranks 11th nationally with a season-best throw of 55’9.75” and Pernell is 16th at 55’2.75”.
In the shot put, freshman Danielle Torrence (Canton/ South) busted off the best throw of the day with a season-best toss of 44’0.5” to rank 11th in Division III. Pernell also had a season-best toss with a throw of 43’10” and that ranks her 12th in Division III. Although Perrine only had a best of 40’6” at Mt. Union, she still ranks 23rd in Div. III with a top throw of 42’4.75”
In the high jump, sophomore Victoria Brown (Berlin Center/ Western Reserve) had a season-best leap of 5’4.5”. That ties her for 30th in Division III this year.
In the women’s five-event pentathlon, freshman Nicole Christner (Minerva) placed third with a season and career-best score of 2,942 points. That ranks her 40th in Division III. She ran the 60-meter hurdles in 9.83 seconds for 744 points, long jumped 16’5.25” for 562 points, threw the shot put a season-best 33’8” for 546 points, high jumped a season-best 4’10.25” for 599 points and ran the 800 meters in 2:47.35 for 491 points.
The qualifiers to the 2012 NCAA Division III National Championship Meet will be announced tomorrow, Sunday, March 4, evening.
The 2012 NCAA Division III National Championship Meet will take place on Friday and Saturday, March 9-10 at Grinnell (Iowa) College. In addition, the rest of the men’s and women’s team members are either on Spring Break or beginning the 2012 outdoor season with a week of training. Next weekend, the men and women open the outdoor season by participating in the Coastal Carolina Invitational Meet.
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