Four win events at All-Ohio Championship


The Baldwin Wallace indoor track and field teams hosted a meet on Valentine’s Day with a majority of Pennsylvania colleges and universities in attendance. The BW men finished tenth out of the 14 schools represented. Freshman Zach Justis qualified for the indoor conference meet with a time of 2:38.78 in the 1000-meter run. Sophomore David Prather also qualified for the indoor conference meet with a time of 2:38.52.

The BW Women had more success on the track, and as a team placed fourth out of 15 teams. The Yellow Jackets led more on the field than the track though as both seniors Brooke Buckhannon and Jillian Roberts won events. Abby Lewicki added a second-place finish in the pole vault event. In the races, junior Madison Kile ran, and won, the 500-meter run in her first collegiate attempt. BW’s 4×200 relay team consisting of Ky’leana Allen, Heather Guiley, Jenna Sirianni and Oksana Novotny took home the first-place award.

The next day, both teams competed in the All-Ohio Indoor Championships. All Division III schools compete and the top 16 competitors in each event are invited.

The men’s team came into the competition seeded in 10th place. The team went in with high expectations, hungry to prove the seeding wrong but ended up falling to 15th at the end of the events. Senior thrower Ted Achladis performed the best for the Jackets placing fourth in shot put.

The women tied for third in the event, hosted by Otterbein University. Four of BW’s athletes were named event champions, and eight earned All-Ohio honors by placing in the top-three of their event.

Leading the team was All-American distance runner Kelly Brennan who placed first in the one-mile run, and second in the 800-meter run. Other victories included the 5,000-meter run, won by Hastings Marek and the 3,000-meter run, which Alyssa Laughner was victorious in. On the field, Buckhannon collected her second weight throw victory in as many days, this time setting a new career-best mark.

In the relays, Kile, Novotny, Katie Fowler and Hailey Borges placed second in the distance medley, but improved on their season-best times.

This upcoming weekend the teams travel out to Alliance, Ohio for the Raider Tune-Up. This meet is hosted by the University of Mount Union and is the last meet before the Ohio Athletic Conference end of year tournament. Runners will be looking to work out all the kinks they have had throughout the year in order to be ready for the OAC’s. The sprinters will compete in the 60-meter, 200-meter and 400-meter dash as well as relays. Distance runners will compete in everything from the 800-meter dash to the 5000-meter dash.