Indoor Track & Field Enjoys Record-Setting Weekend

by Brent Harris

February 13, 2011

Waterman Claims Weekly NCAC Honor
Waterman Claims Weekly NCAC Honor

Matt Scheller and Sean Hildebrand each set new Wabash indoor track and field school records during a busy weekend of competition for the Little Giants. Jake Waterman and the distance medley relay team also set NCAA provisional national championship qualifying marks.

Scheller (left) topped his own two-year-old school record in the shot put with his effort on Friday night at the Hoosier Hills Invitational at Indiana University. The Wabash senior posted a mark of 14.50 meters (47 feet, 7 inches) to easily outdistance his old record of 14.14 meters (46 feet, 4.75 inches). Scheller's throw place him 11th in the final standings while competing against Division I scholarship athletes.

Hildebrand broke the year-old record in the 60-meter dash, finishing in 7.25 in his preliminary heat. That eclipsed the mark of Emmanuel Aouad of 7.38 set last season. Hildebrand's time was not quick enough to earn him a place in the finals against the highly-competitive field.

Seth Einterz and Justin Allen ran to top-five finishes in the 3,000-meter run. Einterz took second place with a time of 8:37.29, while Allen was fifth after crossing the finish line in 8:41.14. 

The Little Giants' distance medley relay team of Donavan White, John Haley, Jake Waterman, and Kevin McCarthy combined for a time of 10:08.91 to win the event on Friday evening. That time is quick enough to earn a provisional qualifying spot at the upcoming NCAA Division III Indoor Track and Field National Championship meet.

Waterman and McCarthy returned on Saturday to compete in the 800-meter and mile runs. Waterman posted his own individual provisional qualifying mark for nationals by finishing with a time of 1:53.31 in the 800. McCarthy ran a 4:16.30 in the mile.

The bulk of the Wabash team competed in Saturday's DePauw Invitational in Greencastle, finishing in a tie for seventh in the overall standings out of 21 teams. Junior Donavan White posted the best finish for the Little Giant team, winning the 3,000-meter run with a time of 8:56.01. Teammate Corey McFarland took fourth place after finishing with a time of 9:15.00.

Freshman Charles Smothers and sophomore Vann Hunt earned spots in the finals of the 55-meter dash. Smothers finished second overall with a time of 6.61, while Hunt grabbed seventh place after running a 6.73. Sophomore Matt Knox took third in the pole vault, clearing 4.30 meters (14 feet, 1.25 inches). Joel Beier added a sixth-place finish in the shot put with a mark of 14.36 meters (47 feet, 1.50 inches). 


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