ONU men's track and field claimed their fourth straight CCAC Championship on Saturday
JOLIET, Ill. — In only its fourth year in existence, the
CCAC Outdoor Track and Field Championships has had only one men’s champion: the
Olivet Nazarene University Tigers. With a total of 322 points in the one-day
event at Joliet Central High School, the Tigers won by 191 points over second
place finisher University of St. Francis (Ill.). The championships consisted of
eight teams from the CCAC, and Olivet claimed 12 first place individual finishes
out of 21 events. Head coach Mike McDowell was named the coach of the year Joe Reisinger (Georgetown, Ill.) was named the male field athlete of the meet.
The Saints earned 131 points for second, Trinity Christian
College (Ill.) was third (88), and St. Xavier University (Ill.) finished fourth
On the track, senior Ty’rel
Fields (Huntsville, Ala.) got things started with a win in the 400m dash
(49.59). Junior Ethan Gallagher
(Parsippany, N.J.) won the 800m run with a time of 1:57.84 and finished
second in the 1500m run by only .32 seconds (3:59.99). Freshman Caleb Parsons (Watseka, Ill.) finished
first in the 110m hurdles (16.38), and freshman Derrick Booth (Roseville, Calif.) won the 400 meter hurdles with a
time of 57.28. Ian Lofgren (Rockford,
Ill.) came in second in the 3000m steeplechase (9:55.05). Dylan Creger (Almont, Mich.) finished
fifth in the 5000m run (15:12.31).
The 4x100m relay team of Jared Carl (Galesburg, Ill.), Elisha
DeRamus (Harvey, Ill.), Ty’rel Fields and Jonathan Hutchison (Morton, Ill.) won with a time of 42.91. The
4x800m relay team won by more than eight seconds with a time of 8:15.20. The team
was made up of freshman Cody Harper
(Bourbonnais, Ill.), sophomore David
Powers (Security, Colo.), freshman
Isaiah Fink (Ypsilanti, Mich.) and senior Kyle Boone (Dixon, Ill.).
Overall, the Tigers earned 182 points in track events.
In the field, Lucas
Limberg (Rockford, Ill.) won the high jump (1.98m). Isaac Austin (Indianapolis, Ind.) won the pole vault with a mark of
4.40m. Sophomore Elisha DeRamus won the long jump with a 6.91m mark, and Delano Harris-Samuels (Bourbonnais, Ill.)
finished second (6.35m). DeRamus also
won the triple jump with a mark of 13.67m. Senior Joe Reisinger won the shot put with a mark of
15.73m. He also finished third in the discus (44.50m) and won the hammer throw
(47.04m). Derrick Booth finished sixth in the javelin throw (37.55m).
ONU’s field athletes earned 140 points for the first place
ONU will be back in action on Thursday through Saturday,
April 25 through 27, at the Drake Relays and on Friday, April 26, at the Twilight Invite, starting at 3 p.m.