Delaware, Ohio – April 10, 2010 – A training weekend for the Heidelberg University men’s and women’s track and field teams resulted in some solid results at the Marv Frye Invitational hosted by Ohio Wesleyan University in Delaware, Ohio.
Heidelberg, and second-year head coach Keith Roberts Jr., finished in the top-10 on both sides. For the men, Heidelberg took home runner-up honors with 100.5 points. The host Bishops were the champions with 159.5 points. Heidelberg topped Ohio Athletic Conference counterparts Baldwin-Wallace College, Otterbein College, Wilmington College, Muskingum University and Capital University.
On the women’s side, Baldwin-Wallace took first with 97.5 points followed by Otterbein with 89. Heidelberg stood ninth, scoring 40 points. The Berg placed in front of OAC foe Muskingum.
The Heidelberg men brought home four first place finishes at the invite. Taking home two was Nate Davis (Dayton, Ohio / Stivers). Davis opened with a first in the long with a leap of 21’3.5”. He returned to take over the top spot in the high jump as well, clearing 6’8”. Not to be outdone, Davis scored a seventh place finish in the triple jump (42’2.75”).
Davis’ top finish in the long jump was earned from a strong push from teammate Julius Higginbotham (Elyria, Ohio / Elyria). An indoor All-American in the event, Higginbotham leaped to second with a jump of 21’2.5”. Higginbotham also took to the track and finished fifth in the 100-meter dash (11.52).
Making it a trio of ’Berg jumpers scoring points was Joshua Lynch (Dayton, Ohio / Meadowdale). He was third in the high jump, clearing 6’6” and took fourth in the triple jump, with a jump of 42’9”.
Continually finding a spot in the top-half of the standings in the 3,000-meter steeplechase has been Jamie Kuess (Coldwater, Ohio / Coldwater). And this weekend was no exception, as he took home the top spot in a time of 9:37.60. To get to the top spot he was pushed by teammates Jordan Karnes (Edgerton, Ohio / Edgerton) (9:46.37), Jacob Lemon (Oak Harbor, Ohio / Oak Harbor) (9:47.40) and Bobby Over (Wadsworth, Ohio / Wadsworth) (9:53.64). The trio took home third, fourth and fifth respectively.
Leading the list of individuals training on the day was Terrence Horton (Pickerington, Ohio / Pickerington). Horton stepped away from the individual sprints and topped the field in the 800-meter dash. He crossed the finish line in 1:57.19.
However, Horton did close out the invite teaming up with Lance Kitchen (Urbana, Ohio / Liberty), Shondell Thomas (Westerville, Ohio / Central) and Mark Childs (New Albany, Ohio / New Albany) to finish second in the 4x400-meter relay. The group clocked a 3:21.37.
Scoring in two events was Gibril Kamara (Westerville, Ohio / Central). He was fourth in the 100-meter dash (11.46) and seventh in the 200 (23.18).
Rounding out the point scorers for the men was Kitchen with a fifth in the 400-meter hurdles (57.38) and Thomas in the 400-meter dash (51.75).
Recording solid outings on the women’s side was Marian Bevington (Celina, Ohio / Parkway) and Jamie Depinet (New Riegel, Ohio / New Riegel).
Bevington scored in four events. Leading the list was her championship in the long jump. She leaped 17’6.25” to hold down the top spot. On a traditional weekend she would challenge the field in the high jump, but took time off from that to focus on the track. She raced to a third in the 100-meter hurdles, in a time of 15.75. She closed out the day with a sixth place finish in the 100-meter dash (13.31). Her fourth event that she scored in was a group effort in the 4x100-meter relay. She joined forces with Shanice McLellan (Lima, Ohio / Lima Senior), Alexis Goodman (Tiffin, Ohio / Columbian) and Lauren Bruynis (Upper Sandusky, Ohio / Upper Sandusky) to finish fifth (50.05).
Traditionally seen leading the Berg sprinters is Depinet. In her training weekend she challenged the mid-distance runners and found success. She took home fourth place in the 800-meter run, crossing the finish line in2:22.94. Depinet returned following her 800 to help lead the Berg 4x400-meter relay team to a fourth in a time of 4:10.07. Joining her on the relay was Kristen Burns (Milford Center, Ohio / Fairbanks), Bruynis and McCellan.
Backing Bevington in the field was Aaliyah VanLeer (Cleveland Heights, Ohio / Cleveland Heights) and Breeanca Madison (Columbus, Ohio / Africentric Secondary). VanLeer was fourth in the shot put with a toss of 37’8.75”, while Madison took home eighth in the long jump, registering a mark of 14’10”.
Rounding out the points on the track was Goodman in the 200-meter dash. She took home fifth place honors in 27.71.