KENOSHA, Ill. – ONU men’s track and field team made it an exciting first meet, qualifying five Tigers for the national meet and setting two school records. The Private College Invite on Friday and Saturday, January 11-12, hosted by Carthage College, proved to be a promising start for the Tiger’s indoor season.
Sophomore Elisha DeRamus (Harvey, Ill.) started off the weekend by setting a new school record in the long jump with a leap of 7.19m (23 feet, 7 ¼ inches). His jump also qualified him for the NAIA National Indoor Meet. The 4x200 meter relay team of Ty’Rel Fields (Huntsville, Ala.), Ross Johnson (Newton, Ill.), Sam Willis (Freeport, Ill.) and Rey Keys (Matteson, Ill.) set the school record with a second place finish of 1:32.09.
Among the other performances that earned qualification to the NAIA National Indoor Meet was junior Ethan Gallagher (Parsippany, N.J.), who won the 3000 meter run with a time of 8:41.67. Senior Marcus Reynolds (Green Bay, Wis.) placed third in the 55 meter hurdles with a time of 7.84. Senior Joe Reisinger (Georgetown, Ill.) qualified in two events: winning the shot put with a throw of 17.07m and placing third in the weight throw with a 16.87m mark.
Olivet's top performances on the track included freshman Isaiah Fink (Ypsilanti, Mich.), who won the 800 meter run with a time of 2:02.61. Junior Brian Willoughby (Elkhart, Ind.) won the one mile run with a time of 4:29.52. Senior Caleb Bernhardt (Green Bay, Wis.) finished third in the 5000 meter run with a time of 16:20.22. Senior Kent Yamane (Wheaton, Ill.) finished sixth in the 55 meter dash with a time of 6.71.
Olivet's 4x400-meter relay team (3.28.44) finished first.
Among placers in field events, freshman Connor Stroud (Manteno, Ill.) won the high jump with 1.98m. Also, sophomore Brian Michell (Reed City, Mich.) placed second in the pole vault with a mark of 4.25m. Freshman Erik Tharp (Oakwood, Ill.) finished fourth in the triple jump with a leap of 12.09m.
The Tigers will be back in action on Friday and Saturday, January 18-19, at the Mike Lints Open hosted by Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Mich.