SALEM, Va. — The Washington and Lee men's track and field team claimed the 2017 Indoor ODAC Championship on Sunday at the Kerr-Creggar Field House, marking the first indoor or outdoor title for the program in 28 years.
The Generals totaled 165 points to take first out of nine teams. Bridgewater was second with 146 points and Eastern Mennonite was third (89 points). This is the first indoor title for the Blue and White since 1989.
The Blue and White had five different event winners, which marked the first time W&L had five different competitors take the top spot in an individual event (non-relays) since the 1986 indoor meet. At the conclusion of the meet, Brandon Uhl was named the Coach of the Year, and first-year Shep Sims (Charleston, W.Va./Woodberry Forest School) was Co-Rookie of the Meet.
Senior Ian McDonald (Richmond, Va./Douglas S. Freeman) won the mile, senior Mac Strehler (Moseley, Va./Trinity Episcopal School) took first in the 5,000m, senior Patrick Robertson (Norfolk, Va./Norfolk Academy) claimed the top spot in the shot put, senior Davis Turner (East Point, Ga./The Howard School) secured the title in the high jump and Sims placed first in the pole vault.
McDonald was one of five W&L athletes to score in the mile, totaling 24 points. McDonald crossed the finish line with a meet-record time of 4:18.64. Junior MacKenzye Leroy (Port Jervis, N.Y./Port Jervis) was third in 4:21.07. Sophomore Cooper Baird (Fort Worth, Texas/Fort Worth Country Day) took fourth (4:24.34), sophomore Alex Dolwick (Apex, N.C./GRACE Christian School) placed seventh in 4:36.66 and sophomore Patrick Hunter (Harrisburg, N.C./Cannon School) was eighth (4:44.06).
Strehler led a group of four Blue and White runners in the 5,000m. He finished first in 15:02.84, while classmate Phillip Harmon (Roanoke, Va./Patrick Henry) took fifth in 15:33.73. Hunter claimed sixth (15:41.38), and first-year Austin Kinne (Bolingbrook, Ill./Neuqua Valley) secured seventh with a time of 15:54.59.
McDonald, Leroy and Strehler also made their mark in the 3,000m. McDonald finished second in 8:49.65, Leroy claimed third with a time of 8:50.30 and Strehler was fourth (8:50.71).
The Generals had three of the Top 4 in the pole vault. Sims placed first with a leap of 4.30m (14'1.25"). Senior Rob Jones (Albany, N.Y./Albany Academy) finished second at 4.00m (13'1.50"), and sophomore Drew Pranka (Princeton, Ill./Princeton) claimed fourth at 3.85m (12'7.50"). Pranka also was second in the 60m hurdles in 8.48.
W&L took first and second in the shot put. Robertson won the event at 14.91m (48'11.00"), while first-year Jay Roberts (Whitwell, Tenn./McCallie) took second with a throw of 14.44m (47'4.50"). The Generals had three competitors score in the weight throw. Robertson was fourth at 14.03m (46'0.50"), first-year Andrew Creel (Lynchburg, Va./Brookville) took seventh at 13.41m (44'0.00") and senior Dan Claroni (Greenwich, Conn./Greenwich) claimed eighth with a toss of 12.64m (41'5.75").
Turner won the high jump with a leap of 1.94m (6'4.25"). Senior Harrison DeKnight (Midland Park, N.J./Midland Park) scored in the event by placing seventh at 1.75m (5'8.75"). Turner also finished fifth in the long jump with a leap of 6.41m (21'0.50"), while DeKnight claimed sixth in the triple jump at 12.96m (42'6.25").
In the 800m, senior Jake Roberts (Kansas City, Mo./The Barstow School) was third in 1:59.04, and Baird took sixth (2:02.85). W&L had three point scorers in the 400m. Sophomore Carter Huffman (Sophia, N.C./South Western Randolph) placed fifth (51.08), senior Jack Jones (Lookout Mountain, Ga./McCallie School) finished sixth (51.17) and first-year Donovan Fiore (Gilbert, Ariz./Chandler Prep Academy) secured seventh with a time of 51.34.
The Distance Medley Relay finished fifth with a time of 10:54.07. The quartet consisted of sophomores Hank Patrick (Baton Rouge, La./University Laboratory School), Albert Del Cristo (Clarksburg, N.J./Notre Dame), Max Schlott (Cumberland, R.I./Mount Saint Charles Academy) and Dolwick.
All competitors and relays that finished in the Top 3 in an event earned All-ODAC accolades. The Generals will send a select group of competitors to last chance meets over the next week in hopes of qualifying for the NCAA Championship on March 10-11.
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