Durr and Hunter win titles at OACs

(Photos courtesy of Heidelberg Track & Field)
(Photos courtesy of Heidelberg Track & Field)

NEW CONCORD, Ohio -- The Heidelberg University track & field teams took ttwo titles at the Ohio Athletic Conference Championship at Muskingum on Saturday. As a team, the men were fifth and the women were seventh. Sarah Hunter won the 400 meter dash and Tristen Durr won the hammer throw.

"We ended the season on a good note with a lot of big PRs this weekend," said head coach Joe Yoder. "The team results didn't come close to showing how hard this team has worked this year."

Currently, Durr, Hunter and Wes Fritz (high jump) all have a good chance of advancing to nationals.

"I'm so proud of the way we competed this weekend and I'm thankful for the leadership our seniors provided this year and the last four years," said Yoder, whose teams picked up 10 All-OAC performances.

OAC Champions

Women's 400 Meter Dash: Sarah Hunter set a school record with a time of 57.09. She narrowly edged out previous record holder Jamie Depinet, who clocked a 57.15 in 2007.

Men's Hammer Throw: Tristen Durr won by a wide margin. His best effort, 185-05 came on his fifth throw. He won by nearly 10 feet.

All-OAC Performances

Men's 10000m Run -- Austin Neura finished second with a time of 32:00.05.

Men's 4x800m Relay: With a time of 7:52.07, the team of Jacob Berryman, Tim Faiken, Eric Peterson, and De Churchya took third place.

Women's 4x100m Relay: McKenzie Biniker, Bethany Beaver, Michaela Slone and Kelsey Grove teamed up for a runner-up finish, clocking a 48.82.

Men's 4x400 Meter Relay: Jerrod Lyon, Dan Stoll, Jacob Berryman and Devaun Churchya were the runners-up in a tight 4x4. Their time of 3:18.41 was 0.8 seconds off of first-place Otterbein.

Men's 400 Meter Hurdles: Kenny Beucler turned up a third-place finish with a time of 54.27.

Women's High Jump: Olivia Hipp cleared 5-3 and finished third.

Men's High Jump: Wes Fritz was second, clearing the bar at 6-4.75.

Men's Triple Jump: Kevin Thompson came in third with a mark of 43-11.25.

Top Eight Performances

Women's 100 Meter Dash: Bethany Beaver (12.69) and Kelsey Grove (12.78) finished sixth and seventh.

Women's 200 Meter Dash: McKenzie Biniker (26.14) and Bethany Beaver (26.42) were seventh and eighth.

Women's 400 Meter Hurdles: Allison Schwarzbek took fifth with a time of 1:06.15.

Women's 4x400 Meter Relay: Michaela Slone, Sarah Hunter, Allison Schwarzbek and Baylee Garrett took more than four seconds off their seed time, clocking a 4:03.05.

Women's 4x800 Meter Relay: The quartet of Rachel House, Harley Berlesky, Sarah Hunter and Amanda Elkins grabbed sixth with a time of 9:43.76.

Men's 400 Meter Dash: Jerrod Lyon was sixth with a time of 49.64.

Men's Hammer Throw: While Tristen Durr took home the title, Ben Gutzky added a fourth-place performance with a throw of 162-02.

Men's 800 Meter Dash: De Churchya (1:56.02) and Jacob Berryman (1:57.52) were fourth and fifth overall.

Men's Long Jump: Wes Fritz was seventh with a mark of 20-1.25.

Men's 4x100 Meter Relay: Daizon Bennett, Jerrod Lyon, Dan Stoll and Ryan Edwards were fifth in the 4x1 with a time of 43.91.

Women's Javelin: Olivia Hipp took fifth in the jav with a throw of 97-8.75.

Women's Discus: Alexia Page-Boyd's throw of 125-9 was good for sixth overall.

Women's Long Jump: Hipp was eighth in the long jump with a distance of 16-7.

Women's Steeplechase: Miranda Shaffer was eighth with a time of 12:03.43.

Men's Steeplechase: Clocking a 9:41.61, Isaac Kuntz was fourth.

Women's 3200m Relay: Rachel House, Harley Berlesky, Sarah Hunter, and Amanda Elkins took sixth with a time of 9:43.76.