T&F: Neura, Elkins lead day one at OACs

(Madi O'Neill & Lance Kriesch / Otterbein Sports Information)
(Madi O'Neill & Lance Kriesch / Otterbein Sports Information)

WESTERVILLE, Ohio -- Heidelberg University kicked off the 2019 Outdoor OAC Championships on Friday at Otterbein University.

Both sides are returning athletes in several events for the Saturday finals. Field events are slated for a 9:30 a.m. start time, while running events will continue on the track at 3 p.m. with the 4x100m relays.

In addition to qualifying for Saturday's finals, a handful of finals were conducted on Friday evening. Austin Neura, the men's 4x800m relay, and Amanda Elkins put up team points with their top-8 finishes on Friday night.

After day one and only seven events scored, the men's team is sixth overall while the women are eighth. John Carroll is pacing both team scoring.

"I'm proud of the team today," said head coach Joe Yoder. "We had a number of scorers and a lot of athletes stepped up for us … I'm proud of the fight we had today getting to tomorrow."

Day One Highlights:
Men's 400m Hurdle Prelims: Kenny Beucler -- the current No. 2 runner in the country at the event -- took the top spot in the prelims running a 53.38. Cwinn Febus of Otterbein who holds the nation's best time this year is seeded third heading to the finals tomorrow afternoon.

Men's 10,000m Finals: Austin Neura earned the men's first team points of the day in the 10K. Neura placed third overall with a time of 31:49.76 for the podium finish.

Women's 400m Hurdle Prelims: Allison Schwarzbek ran a 1:06.09 in her heat, good for a third overall seeding for the finals.

Women's 100m Dash Prelims: Kelsey Grove and Arinn Hayes will look to crack the podium tomorrow. Grove (12.60) is seeded fourth, while Hayes (12.76) is in eighth.

Women's 200m Dash Prelims: Grove and Hayes duplicated their seedings for the 200 as well. Grove will enter the finals in fourth with a time of 25.51, while Hayes will compete from eighth with a time of 25.80.

Men's 400m Dash Prelims: Dan Stoll is seeded fourth for tomorrow's final after a blockbuster of a prelim race. Stoll clocked a 49.32, less than a second off of the top spot.

Men's 4x800m Relay Finals: The quartet of David Drushal, Eric Peterson, Dylan Wiechart, and Mitchell Luken placed fourth overall in a time of 8:04.87, an improvement of nearly 30 seconds on their seeding time.

Men's 200m Dash Prelims: Stoll also qualified in the 200m with a fifth place seeding. His prelims time was 22.02 seconds.

Women's 10,000m Finals: Amanda Elkins followed Neura's lead and put up the women's first team points in the meet's longest race. Elkins crossed the line fifth overall with a time of 39:30.54.