By Peter Baugher
The Franciscan University men’s track and field team placed sixth at the President’s Athletic Conference (PAC) Championship at Mylan Park in Morgantown, WV, winning a gold medal at the end of the day.
Sophomore Alexander Blose placed 4th in the pole vault with a final vault of 3.71 meters.
Freshman John Maedke placed 17th in the 100-meter with a time of 11.67 seconds in the preliminaries. Maedke later placed 10th, in the 200-meter with a time of 23.06 seconds.
In the 400-meter, Senior Ryan Ozymy earned a silver medal with a time of 48.97 seconds, breaking his program record time. Sophomore Joseph Rohde was right behind him in third place, with a time of 49.41 seconds.
Senior David Cappello also took home bronze, posting a time of 1:54.56 in the 800-meter.
Senior Miguel Daez placed second in the 1500m, just six hundredths of a second in front of his competitor in third place.
Freshmen John Sicree earned four points for the Barons in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 58.34 seconds.
Sophomore David Di Nardo posted a personal best in the 3000-meter steeplechase, placing sixth with a time of 10:04.16. Conal Delaney placed eighth in the event with a time of 10:09.15.
The 4x100m relay consisted of Sicree, Meadke, freshman Dwayne Gethard and sophomore Charles Jardine, posting a time of 45.49 to place seventh.
Freshman Nicholas Brass placed sixth in the shotput with a best throw of 13.05 meters.
In the 4×400 relay, Daez, sophomore Joe Rohde, Cappello, and Ozymy won gold and broke the university record held by the same team, posting of time of 3:21.97
For the women, two runners earned gold and the team placed 5th out of the 11 teams of the championship.
Sophomore Brigid Mack took home gold, winning the discus with a best throw of 37.97-meters
Junior Claire Walters broke her own school record time and earned gold in the 1500 meter, running a time of 4:41.39. Sophomore Rachel Hurly placed tenth in the event with a time of 5:11.49.
Hurley also ran in the 5000 meters, placing 9th with a time of 19:41.17.
Freshman Clara Symington placed second in the 100-meter hurdles to place second with a time of 1:06.84.
In the 4×100 relay a team of freshman Jianna Hanson, freshman Alana Bradford, Junior Victoria Unnerstall, and freshman Rebecca Bolster placed seventh with a total time of 52.66 seconds, setting a program record.
In the 4×400 relay a team of Rebecca Bolster, Jessica, junior Claire Walters, and freshman Clara Symington ran a time of 4:09.94 and placed fifth, breaking a program record.
The Barons will compete in the Baldwin Wallace for the Harrison Dillard Twilight on May 11th-12th in hopes of qualifying for the NCAA National Outdoor Track & Field Championships.