Last weekend, the track and field teams competed at the All-Ohio Indoor Track and Field Championships at Otterbein University, going against 18 different teams in the region. “The men’s and women’s team were both strong,” said first-year distance runner Yorito Nakata. “There were many outstanding performances, especially in the [3,000-meter]. Even though it ran until midnight, people still put their best foot forward.”
The other half of the team competed in a meet at Baldwin Wallace University on Friday. Senior captain Daniel Johnson said, “There were inspired performances all around, but especially in the [3,000]. [First-year] Gabe Brown ran fearlessly, getting a personal best of [9 minutes, 21 seconds], which got him third place!” Brown beat his former time by 26 seconds in the 3,000-meter run.
Senior Matt Bernstein had a very impressive personal record of 15 minutes, 36.35 seconds in the All-Ohio Championships 5,000-meter run, while qualifying for the North Coast Athletic Conference meet on March 1 and 2.
Competitors in the field events saw success as well. Senior Alexander Guo took fourth in the triple jump with a distance of 43–10.50, while sophomore Evan Finch placed 10th in the high jump after clearing a personal best of 6–1.50.
The Yeowomen also excelled in both meets. “The women’s team made a strong showing at All-Ohio, from held events to sprinting to distance, and pulled out an awesome fourth place,” sophomore Sarah Jane Kerwin said. The Yeowomen distance runners ran particularly well, placing five Oberlin competitors in the top 10 in the 3,000-meter run.
At Baldwin Wallace, first-year Taylor Swift finished 14th in the 1-mile run with a time of 5:45.86.
The field events made great strides at the All-Ohio meet. First-year Larisa Lewis placed second in the weight throw with a distance of 48–11.50. Lewis’s throw earned her a second-place finish. Sophomore Tiffany Henry placed fourth with a throw of 46–11.00.
First-year Caitlyn Grubb had an impressive shot put throw of 40–11.75, giving her a second-place finish.
The track and field teams will continue their seasons today when they travel again to Baldwin-Wallace University.