Tuesday, April 28, 2009

What a Weekend!

With three meets on the calendar, the Oberlin College Track Team was busy this weekend.  

The weekend started on Friday night with the Bob Kahn Invitational at Oberlin.  In addition to the meet, we held a ceremony for Bob Kahn, who donated the money to build our new track.  It was great to meet him.  

The meet itself was a great tuneup for the conference championships in a week.  We had exceptionally strong performances from Christine Moore in the steeplechase (11:40.02) Clara Shaw in the 1500 (4:50.09), Amanda Miller, Seth Wimberly and Reshard El-Shair in the 400m (1:00.4, 48.82 and 49.03 respectively), Ryan King in the 800 (1:55.98) and Conor Doss, Everett Schlawin and Ben Schild in the 3k (8:46.25, 8:49.04 and 8:49.48).  

At our other home meet, we hosted the NCAC Multi-Events Championships on Saturday and Sunday.  Two Oberlin athletes competed.  Madeline Schultz won the heptathlon with a score of 4,386 points.  That also provisionally qualifies her for nationals.  What's more that's the second "event" she has qualified in.  Maddy is also on the 400 hurdles list with a time of 1:03.88.  

Kyle Taljan competed in the decathlon, finishing in second with a score of 6,043 points.  In doing so, he broke his own school record, and just missed the provisional qualifying mark for nationals (6,050).    

Also, Nicky Ouellet competed in the 1500 at Hillsdale College's Gina Relays.  She ran 4:37.13, which is a new school record - and also a provisional qualifier for the national meet.

It was a fantastic weekend for our program.  Everybody's hard work is paying off in strong finishes and great times ... exactly like it should.  We've been able to build on each week quite well, and we're all looking forward to a fantastic conference meet.  

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