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Knezovich tops All-Ohio Pole Vault field

April 15, 2018

Women's Results  I  Men's Results

DELAWARE, Ohio - The Bluffton University men’s and women’s track and field teams traveled to Ohio Wesleyan University to participate in the All-Ohio Championship on Saturday, April 14. A pair of former high school teammates stole the show for the Beavers.

The Utica High School duo of senior Kyle Knezovich (Utica) and sophomore Connor Gulick (St. Louisville/Utica) brought it on with Knezovich posting the win in pole vault over a field of 12 with a clearance of 15’ 4.50”, just a half inch shy of his PR; placing 4th among 22 in the 400 meter hurdles with a lifetime best 55.98; and Gulick dropping an impressive 24 seconds off his previous best in the 3000 meter steeplechase. Sophomore Justin Kauffman (Smithville) impressed as well in the pole vault with a life-time best, 4th place clearance of 14’ 00.75”. The sprint pair of juniors Keturah Warlick (East Point, Mich./Clintondale) and Quincy Salcido (Van Wert) posted their best times of the season at 26.24 and 22.82, respectively, in the 200 meters. 

“The real miracle of the day,” said Head Coach Karen Brandt, “was that the forecast didn’t come true. We had a few brief rain showers and no lightning delays, not the deluge that was predicted. This allowed athletes to vie for good performances rather than battling the elements although the wind no doubt played a factor in the distance athletes running close to but not better than their PR times. Many good efforts were put forth today and that hard work will pay dividends in better conditions. However, I am immensely proud of what Kyle and Connor did today in their events with less than ideal conditions.”

The Beavers travel to neighboring Ohio Northern University Friday and Saturday, April 20 and 21 to compete in the Polar Bear Invite. The hammer and javelin competitions will be contested Friday starting at 3 p.m. Field events will resume Saturday at 11 a.m. with track events starting at noon.