Thinclads Take Twilight Title
by Brent Harris
April 16, 2011
Wabash swept the throwing events and claimed a total of eight first-place finishes to win Friday evening's Rose-Hulman Twilight Track and Field Invitational.
Matt Knox made a step toward competing at the NCAA National Championship meet by breaking his own Wabash school record in the pole vault. Knox (left) cleared 4.75 meters (15 feet, 7 inches) to break his old mark of 4.63 meters (15 feet, 2.25 inches). He equalled the NCAA provisional qualifying mark. Knox set the school record at last year's Rose-Hulman Twilight competition.
Teammate Trevor Young finished third in the pole vault by clearing 4.60 meters (15 feet, 1 inch). Sam Glowinski was 10th (4.00 meters; 13 feet, 1.50 inches), while Wesley Adams just missed a top-10 finish after clearing 3.85 meters (12 feet, 7.5 inches) to finish 11th.
Matt Scheller and Joel Beier finished 1-2 in the shot put. Scheller's mark of 14.41 meters (47 feet, 3.50 inches) captured first place, while Beier finished second with a throw of 13.74 meters (45 feet, 1 inch). Scheller added another first place finish in the hammer with a winning toss of 50.54 meters (165 feet, 10 inches) to set a new Rose-Hulman Twilight meet record. Alex Moseman took seventh place with a mark of 43.21 meters (141 feet, 9 inches), while Zach Helman was 10th (39.67 meters; 130 feet, 2 inches).
Junior Daniel Ambrosio continued to dominate the javelin throw, adding another first place finish to his list of accomplishments. He won with a throw of 55.25 meters (181 feet, 3 inches), while teammate Evan Groninger took second place with a mark of 54.56 meters (179 feet). Scheller picked up his third top-10 finish by finishing ninth in the javelin throw with a mark of 43.62 meters (143 feet, 1 inch).
Devin Kelley took the top spot in the discus throw with a mark of 43.90 meters (144 feet). Ben Burkett finished seventh overall with a throw of 39.00 meters (127 feet, 11 inches).
John Haley (right) won the 400-meter dash with a time of 49.35, narrowly edging out teammate Jake Waterman, who finished second with a time of 49.76. Billy Rosson added another first-place finish to the Little Giants' totals, winning the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 54.49. John Bogucki took eighth place in the race with a time of 58.31.
Wes Chamblee continued his return to action after suffering a knee injury during football season. The senior won the 200-meter dash with a time of 22.48. Sean Hildebrand finished seventh overall with a time of 23.02, while Vann Hunt was eighth (23.22) and Charles Smothers finished 10th (23.25).
Kevin McCarthy raced to a second-place finish in the 1500-meter run, crossing the finish line in 3.54.50, only 16/100th of a second behind race winner Drew Clark from Principia. Justin Allen was fifth overall with a time of 4:00.28. McCarthy was also fifth in the 5000-meter run (15:33.67). Donavan White captured sixth place (15:36.74).
Hildebrand took third place in the 100-meter dash with a time of 11.42. Smothers finished ninth (11.56). Corey McFarland was fifth in the steeplechase, finishing in 10.18.87. Sam Starbuck was eighth (10:29.58).
Hunt finished fifth in the long jump (6.14 meters; 20 feet, 1.75 inches). Patrick Posthauer was seventh (6.05 meters; 19 feet, 10.25 inches). Hunt also took sixth place in the triple jump (12.11 meters; 39 feet, 8.75 inches), while teammate Jonathan Koop grabbed 10th place (11.61 meters; 38 feet, 1.25 inches).
Bogucki and Ambrosio tied for fourth in the high jump. Both cleared 1.77 meters (5 feet, 9.75 inches). Kelley tied for sixth by clearing 1.72 meters (5 feet, 7.75 inches). Bogucki took eighth place in the 110-meter hurdles (15.97), with Rosson finishing ninth (16.01) and Haley grabbing tenth place (16.01).
The Wabash 1600-meter relay team of Haley, Chamblee, Hildebrand, and Waterman finished second with a time of 3:17.83, finishing 38/100th of a second behind the winning team from Rose-Hulman, which set new school and stadium records in that event.
Wabash scored a total of 177 points to easily outdistance second place Rose-Hulman with 157 total points. Greenville was third (118), followed by Washington University-St. Louis (107), Marian (61.50), Franklin (59), DePauw (42.50), Principia (23), Hanover (19), Tennessee-Martin (10), and Webster (2).