The University of Findlay men's and women's track and field teams had a stellar showing on the first day of the Great Midwest Athletic Conference (G-MAC) Indoor Track and Field Championships in Hillsdale, Mich. on February 23.
Junior Austin Combs earned first place in the men's weight throw, hitting an automatic qualifying mark on 21.04m (70-02.50). The throw was good enough for a new meet record and earned him the conference title. Freshman Dequan Lovell placed third with a provisional qualifying distance of 17.87m (58-07.50), and sophomore Javian Martin took fifth in the event throwing for 16.83m (55-02.75).
The Oilers took two of the top three spot in the men's long jump. Senior Trey Everett set a new meet record and hit a provisional qualifying mark of 7.22m (23-08.25) to earn the conference titles and tie his own G-MAC record. Freshman Martin Etsey took fifth place in the event, jumping for 16.83m (55-02.75).
In the men's pole vault, freshman Jacob Montag and senior Trey Everett both vaulted for 4.27m (14-00.00) and took fourth and fifth place respectively.
Junior George Effah qualified for the finals by taking first in of the men's 200 meter dash prelims, setting a new meet record by running a 22.275. Sophomore Lenell Shelby III also qualified for the finals with a time of 22.278.
Effah also set a meet record in the 400 meter dash prelims, taking him to the finals by hitting a provisional qualifying time of 49.12.
Findlay had three athletes qualify for the 60 meter dash finals tomorrow. Junior Jaye Williams ran a 7.01, Shelby ran a 7.02, and Freshman Jacob Hill ran a 7.05 in the event to earn third, sixth, and seventh respectively.
In the men's 60 meter hurdles prelims, Shelby ran an 8.32 to earn third and Everett ran a 8.33 to earn fourth and qualify for the finals tomorrow.
In the first day of the men's heptathlon section of the meet, freshman Gavin Stepansky ran a 7.38 in the men's 60 meter dash taking third place. Stepansky earned sixth place in the men's high jump, jumping for 1.55m (5-01.00), and he threw for 8.62m (28-03.50) in the men's shot put.
The Oilers took two of the top five spots in the women's weight throw. Senior Alex DeVincentis earned a third place finish with a provisional qualifying throw of 16.84m (55-03.00). Holly Averesch took fifth in the event throwing for 16.51m (54-02.00).
Sophomore Jenna Shipman took fourth in the long jump, jumping for 5.36m (17-07.00).
Sophomore Semoy Hemmings earned first place in the women's 400 meter dash prelims with a time of 58.68. Shipman took seventh in the prelims running a 1:00.60. Both athletes qualified for the finals in the event tomorrow.
In the women's 200 meter dash prelims, Hemmings ran a 25.91 to take third place and move on to the finals.
Senior Milani Glass earned second place in the women's 60 meter hurdles prelims with a provisional qualifying time of 8.73.