Point Park Men's T&F places 2nd at Baldwin Wallace, wins five events in all
Feb. 13, 2015
John Wiley led off the 4x200 relay team that placed 2nd at Baldwin Wallace. Photo by Ty Smith
BEREA, Ohio -- The Point Park University men's indoor track and field team placed second of 15 teams and won five events in what was a banner night at the Baldwin Wallace Mid-February Meet on Friday
The Pioneers are in their first year as a program, and Friday was their fifth meet in school history. Point Park had never won a men's event before Friday, but the Pioneers had the flood gates open with five event victories in one meet.
Friday was the first of the five meets thus far to include team scoring, and the Pioneers nearly pulled off the team victory. But they did not have their full roster competing due to illnesses within the team. Allegheny won the team title with 87.50 points, and Point Park was close behind with 82.50 points. Third-place Westminster had 73 points.
Leading the way in the event victories was Falonte Jackson, a freshman sprinter from Cleveland, Ohio, who won both the 55-meter and 200-meter dashes. The all-stater from Glenville High School won the 55 meters with a time of 6.54 seconds and the 200 meters with a time of 22.75 seconds.
Another victory on the track came from freshman Zachary Watt, a Warren, Ohio, native who placed first in the 500 meters at 1:09.37. Watt, who now owns the school record in the 500 meters, nearly got a victory two weeks ago in the 600 meters, but he placed second by 0.54 seconds.
Point Park claimed two victories in the jumping events. Freshman Jryi Davis, from Bangor, Pa., placed first in the triple jump at 13.31 meters (43 feet, 8 inches). Fellow freshman Shaun Berry, from Pittsburgh, Pa., tied for first in the high jump with a leap of 1.93 meters (6 feet, 4 inches).
Berry also placed second in the triple jump at 13.19 meters (43 feet, 3.25 inches) as Davis and Berry finished 1-2 in the event.
The Point Park men's team had 14 placements in all with those coming from 12 individuals and the 4x200 relay 4x400 relay teams. The Pioneers scored in 12 of the 18 events in the meet.
The 4x200 relay team placed second with a time of 1:38.42, and it was made up of John Wiley, Zachary Watt, Christian Capers and Eric Biggs. The 4x400 relay team of Chris Hunt, Romel Powell, Zachary Watt and Rejep Mukhammedov was fifth at 3:46.20.
More placements from the jumps came from Davis in the long jump as he placed fifth (6.11 meters) and from Romel Powell in the high jump as he placed eighth (1.73 meters).
In the distance events, Heath Hougas ran the 3,000 meters in 9:20 to place fifth, and Khalid Omar ran the mile in 4:42.53 to place eighth.
Christian Capers earned another placement in the 55-meter hurdles in seventh place at 8.35 seconds as did Rejep Mukhammedov in 800-meter run in eighth place with a time of 2:11.74.
The Pioneers established four team records on the night with each of them involving Point Park competing in the event for the first time. Those came in the 55 meters (Jackson), 55 meter hurdles (Capers), 500 meters (Watt) and in the 4x200 relay (Wiley, Watt, Capes, Biggs).
Point Park will next compete at the Kent State Tune-Up next Saturday, Feb. 21. It is the last chance for the Pioneers to have individuals qualify for the NAIA indoor national championship meet March 5-7 in Geneva, Ohio.
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