Quakers come up big as OAC Championship gets under way
WC stands fourth after Day One
February 24, 2012
The distance medley relay team of, from left, Alek Erwin, Jake Simpkins, Brad Kline and Pat Carroll broke the team record with a second-place performance at the OAC Championship.
WESTERVILLE — All-conference performances by Wilmington College’s distance medley relay team and weight thrower Mason Metts were two highlights on a day filled with big performances as Wilmington College opened competition in the Ohio Athletic Conference Championship at Otterbein University Friday.
The Quakers scored 20 team points and are in fourth place heading into the final day of competition Saturday. Baldwin-Wallace leads the team standings with 34 points.
“It was an unbelievable day, way beyond my expectations,” Wilmington head coach Ron Combs said. “I didn’t think we would do what we did today. We put more people into the finals than we thought we would. Everybody that stepped on the track was just running great. It was a total team effort.”
The DMR combination of Alek Erwin (Springfield/Northeastern), Jake Simpkins (Germantown/Valley View), Brad Kline (Circleville) and Pat Carroll (Cincinnati/Purcell Marian) broke the team record for the third time this season with a 10:30.40 performance that was good for second overall.
“It was great. We sacrificed some by not running Pat Carroll in the 3,000 so he could run on the DMR, but it was worth it,” Combs said. “That was a great run. Those guys have done a great job all season.”
Metts (Pomeroy/Meigs) uncorked a 53-2 ¾ throw on his final attempt to jump from sixth place to third place in the weight throw.
“Mason hasn’t proven to be a big-meet performer, and boom, he is a big-meet performer tonight,” Combs said. “Hopefully, that will be the catalyst that drives him through the shot put tomorrow. That was a big throw.”
Michael Reavis (Huber Heights/Wayne) was 10th in the weight throw.
Graham Morgan (Lebanon) narrowly missed the All-OAC podium in the pole vault with a fourth-place effort of 14-10 ¼.
Steve Balthis (West Alexandria/Twin Valley South) went 21-9 ½ to finish eighth in the long jump.
The most pleasant surprise of the day, Combs said, was Jake Sydnor’s (Batavia/Clermont Northeastern) performance in the 400-meter dash. The freshman hit the line in 50.89, the fourth-fastest time in the preliminaries.
“Jake was probably ranked 23rd or 24th coming in. Not only did he make Saturday’s finals; he made the fast heat of the finals,” Combs said. “He dropped almost 2 seconds off his best time of the year.”