BOURBONNAIS, Ill. — For the second straight year the Olivet
Nazarene University track and field teams have hosted the NAIA vs. NCAA Challenge
in the Douglas E. Perry Student Life and Recreation Center on Friday and Saturday,
January 24-25. The men’s team won the event by 53.5 points with a total of
193.5, beating seven other teams. Meanwhile, five athletes and the 4x800 meter
relay qualified for the NAIA National Indoor Meet with performances this
ONU defeated UW-Whitewater (140), Bethel who placed third
(77.5), University of St. Francis (Ill.) (74.5) and Aurora University (lll.)
(69.5) who placed fifth.
On Friday evening, the 4x800 meter relay stole the show
winning the race by almost six seconds finishing 7:54.75. The team of Brian Willoughby (Elkhart, Ind.),Marshall Hawn (Goshen, Ind.),David Powers (Security, Colo.) and Ethan Gallagher (Parsippany, N.J.)
qualified “A” standard. The 4x400 meter relay team also won with a time of
3:34.10. The team consisted of Willoughby, Powers, Isaiah Fink (Ypsilanti, Mich.) and Matthew Chupp (Mahomet, Ill.). The 4x200 meter relay team won by
more than four seconds (1:30.07) and consisted of Jonathan Hutchinson (Morton, Ill.),Zach Gordon (Carol Stream, Ill.), Jared Carl (Galesburg, Ill.) and Ty’rel Fields (Huntsville, Ala.).
On Saturday, Ethan Gallagher qualified for the national meet
in the 3000 meter run with a time of 8:37.92, winning the event. Jared Carl won
the 200 meter dash with a time of 22.53. Marshall Hawn came in third in the 800
meter run with a time of 1:58.09, only 0.67 behind first. Mitchell Dale (Rochester Hills, Mich.) finished seventh in the mile
run with a time of 4:30.74 and won the 5000 meter run (15:37.41), winning by
more than nine seconds. Freshman Alex
Hunt (Eureka, Ill.) came in ninth in the 400 meter dash with a time of
Freshman Zach Gordon
(Carol Stream, Ill.) qualified “A” standard in the long jump with a mark of
7.33m. Junior Lucas Limberg (Rockford,
Ill.) won the high jump with a mark of 2.01m and qualified “B” standard.
Junior Brian Michell (Reed City, Mich.)
won the pole vault with a final mark of 4.90m. Sophomore Elisha DeRamus (Harvey, Ill.) came in second in the long jump with
a finish of 7.13m and won the triple jump with a mark of 14.16m. He qualified
in both events for the national meet.
Armbrust (Metamora, Ill.) won the shot put with a throw of 16.21m,
qualifying “A” standard. Senior Seth
Wonch (Olathe, Kan.) came in fifth in the shot put with a mark of 14.36m.
ONU will be back in action on Friday January 31 at the
Indiana Relays and February 1 back at home for the ONU Quad.