Point Park men compete at indoor Midwest Open, set 5 team records
Jan. 31, 2015
Falonte Jackson runs the anchor leg of Point Park's 4x400 meter relay team. Photo by Ty Smith.
GENEVA, Ohio -- It was another productive weekend for the Point Park University men's indoor track and field team as it competed at the SPIRE Midwest Open, the third-ever meet in the history of the program.
The Pioneers set five team records in the two-day meet, which began Friday night with the men's 5K and continued on Saturday with the rest of the events.
Point Park's distance runners highlighted the school records that were set. Eric Torres laid claim to two of them in the 5,000 meters with a time of 15:56 and in the 3,000 meters at 9:08.20. The freshman from Robstown, Texas, was second in the KIAC men's cross country championships this past fall.
Sophomore Heath Hougas, from Morris, Ill., set a program record in the mile with a time of 4:42, which was just one second better than teammate Chris Hunt (4:43), a freshman who had set the previous record at 4:50 last week. Hougas also competed in the 5,000 meters with a time of 16:36.
The best overall performance of the meet for the Pioneers was freshman Zachary Watt placing third in the 600 meters with a school-record time of 1:25.85. The product of Warren JFK High School in Ohio was just 0.54 seconds behind the event winner, Keith Hemphill (1.25.31) of NCAA Division II Lake Erie.
Shaun Berry, a freshman from Shadyside Academy, had another high finish in the triple jump. He placed fifth with a leap of 13.48 meters, which bested the previous record that he held in the event. Berry is Point Park's record holder in the long, triple and high jumps.
Berry was one of two Point Park competitors to reach the finals of the triple jump. Freshman Jryi Davis had a personal-best distance of 13.28 meters to place eighth.
On Saturday, Berry just missed placing in the high jump as his leap of 1.90 meters put him in ninth. Berry was 15th in the long jump at 6.22 meters, and Davis was 22nd at 5.89 meters.
Falonte Jackson led Point Park in both the 60 meters and 200 meters. The freshman Jackson was 14th in the 60 (7.18 seconds) and 27th in the 200 (22.71).
John Wiley was the Pioneers' top performer in the 800 with a time of 2:10.78. Chris Rider led Point Park in the 400 at 1:02.15. Christian Capers placed 22nd in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 9.34 seconds.
In the field, Michael Beavis competed in the shot put with a toss of 9.95 meters.
For complete meet results, click the links above in desktop and mobile versions.
Point Park's next meet in next Saturday, Feb. 7 at the Mt. Union Jim Wuske Invitational in Alliance, Ohio.