Men’s Track and Field Record First Win of Season at Denison
Saturday, January 28, 2012 | by Robby Hamman

GRANVILLE, Ohio – The Yellow Jacket men’s track and field team was victorious in only its second scored meet of the young season. DC competed at the Lid-Lifter Denison Invitational in Granville, Ohio on Saturday afternoon. Defiance totaled 158 points in its first place finish followed by Wittenberg (105), Denison (85) and Transylvania (53).

Out of the 15 events that took place at the invite, Defiance claimed first-place finishes in seven, including four out of five of the field competitions.

Freshman jumper Reggie Neal had a big afternoon, as the Deltona, Fla. native was victorious in the long jump and the triple jump. Neal’s triple jump mark of 43-07.75 places him currently in first place in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference standings for the event. The performance also places the freshman as the second-best performer in DC history in the triple jump.

Pole vault was another field event in which the Purple and Gold showed its strength. The Jackets swept the top three spots in the event led by junior Dan Hardin-Wallace, who cleared a height of 12-11.50. Following Hardin-Wallace were freshmen Dylan Waggy and Ryan Johnston respectively.

The reigning HCAC Field Athlete of the Week Tom Postema, followed up his record-breaking performance with another record-breaking performance. Postema competed in the shot put throw and bested his previous career long throw with a distance of 52-08.75. This mark currently ranks Postema in the top 10 in the nation for shot put. Teammates Luiyi Nunez and Josh Beaverson also had noteworthy performances in shot put, as each threw for a distance of 41-10.75 which was good enough for third.

On the track three DC athletes won their events. Those athletes were freshman runner Troy Parrett in the 800-meter dash, junior hurdler Jordan Weber in the 60-meter hurdles and junior sprinter Aaron Demecs in the 400-meter dash. Weber tied his career best mark in the hurdles matching last weeks’ time of 8.93 seconds. Demecs’s time of 51.82 seconds in the 400 currently places him in second place in the HCAC for the event.

The team will be back in competition on Saturday, February 4 when it travels to Ada, Ohio to compete in the Ohio Northern Invitational. The invite is set to begin at 10:00 a.m.