Olivet Tigers rise to top in CCAC track and field for 2018

Placing first is nothing new for Olivet’s men’s AND women’s track and field teams.

On Saturday, May 5, the Olivet Nazarene University women's track and field team captured its ninth consecutive Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) Championship. The Tiger men’s track and field team claimed the top spot, more than 100 points ahead of their closest competitors. Head Coach Mike McDowell was named CCAC Coach of the Year. 

Women’s track and field team 

For the Tiger women’s team, ONU held off St. Ambrose University (Iowa) to claim the title by 22 points. Carlie Vannatta, a senior special education major, was selected as the CCAC Field Athlete of the Meet. She finished first in the hammer, fourth in the shot put and second in the discus.

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Also bringing home first place finishes in individual events were:

Karalynn Brock, a junior majoring in child development, 5000m Run

Anne Brown, a senior zoology major, High Jump

Kylie Davis, a junior nursing major, Shot Put

Blake Inglis, a junior communications major, Javelin

Jezri Rinehart, a junior zoology major, Discus

Emily Troemel, a senior physical education/health major, 400m Hurdles

Shariden Varner, a sophomore interior design major, Pole Vault 

Men’s track and field team 

After having claimed the CCAC Championship for eight consecutive seasons, last season the Olivet Nazarene University men's track and field team saw their streak come to an end. The Tigers used that year to prepare and aim to reclaim their spot at the top.

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ONU did just that — and did it in dominating fashion in 2018. As competition came to a close on Saturday, May 5, the Tigers were back on top with their closest competition nearly 100 points behind.  

Andrew Franklin, a junior engineering major, captured the Field Athlete of the Meet award for his title in the hammer, plus second place finishes in both the shot put and the discus. 

Also bringing home first place finishes in individual events were:

Zach Hulliberger, a senior accounting major, 5000m Run

Steven Linton, a sophomore nursing major, 200m Run

Wesley Meyer, a sophomore geology major, 800m Hurdles and 1500m Run

John Munyan, a freshman computer science major, 3000m Steeplechase

Jalon Simpson, a sophomore sport management major, Javelin

Bryce Vollrath, a sophomore engineering major, Shot Put, Hammer and Discus 

To learn more about the Olivet Tiger athletics programs, contact the Office of Admissions at admissions@olivet.edu or 800-648-1463.

 

Reprinted with permission.

Published: 5/10/2018