Conference titles and nationals movement was the order of the day for Ashland University's men's and women's indoor track and field teams on Saturday (Feb. 25) on Day 1 of the 2017 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Championships in Findlay, Ohio.
The day started with junior Marie Hammer earning GLIAC gold in the women's pentathlon with an improved provisional nationals showing of 3,520 points. Sophomore Tiffany Pryce was third (3,293), earning a new provisional mark, and freshman Paula Wollenslegel was fifth (3,164).
Later, in the men's weight throw, Eagles swept each of the first four spots in the final standings. Junior Daniel Roberts won the event at 21.03 meters/68-feet-11¾, followed by freshman Alex Hill (21.00 meters/68-feet-10¾) with a new automatic nationals entry, senior Jordan Crayon (20.81 meters/68-feet-3¼) and senior Bryn Campbell (20.68 meters/67-feet-10) with an improved provisional mark.
In the men's distance medley relay, the quartet of junior Hunter Heaton, freshman Paul Murray, sophomore Tyler Sievert and senior Nick Hall finished second (10:03.29) and bested the previous fieldhouse record.
Ashland got three scoring efforts in the women's long jump – senior Marlecia Holston in fifth (5.54 meters/18-feet-2), senior Nuri Lee in sixth (5.52 meters/18-feet-1¼) and junior Isabella Stoll in eighth (5.45 meters/17-feet-10½).
In the women's weight throw, senior Megan Tomei took fifth (18.69 meters/61-feet-3¾), and sophomore Natalie Helenthal was seventh (18.50 meters/60-feet-8¼). The women's DMR of senior Jackie Genetin, senior Austin Borton, Pryce and senior Cortney Haubert was eighth in 12:59.77.
Ashland's women, ranked No. 21 in Division II coming into the conference meet, sit second in the league standings through the first day with 35 team points. Grand Valley State is No. 1 at 40.
In the prelims of the 60-meter hurdles, freshman Arthur Greenlee IV improved upon his previous provisional time, crossing the finish line in 8.11 seconds.
Sophomore Myles Pringle set a new fieldhouse standard in the prelims of the 400 dash, finishing in 47.97 seconds.
The No. 1-ranked AU men are third in the team standings with 43 points after Day 1. Tiffin is first at 48.5, followed by the Lakers at 45.5.
UP NEXT: Day 2 of the 2017 GLIAC Championships on Sunday (Feb. 26).