T&F: 'Berg hosts first meet on new track

(Photos by Mason Hainey)
(Photos by Mason Hainey)

TIFFIN, Ohio -- Hosting their first home meet on their new track, the Heidelberg University men's and women's track teams competed on Saturday at the Tiffelberg Open, co-hosted with Tiffin University.

Prior to the running events, Heidelberg honored the 1998 men's cross country team and the 1999 men's outdoor track & field team on the 20th anniversary of their OAC Championships.

With the NCAA Division II indoor national third place team, Tiffin as the co-host a slew of top DII and competitive DIII opponents were attracted to the event with a lengthy list of event entries.

TU painted the field with a astounding 278 points for the men. Findlay and Cedarville placed second and third, while Heidelberg placed fourth with 65 points. On the women's side, Tiffin won with 191 points. The Student Princes were ninth with 25.5 points.

"It was a great day for the Heidelberg track & field program," said Head Coach Joe Yoder. "It was great to compete at home on a beautiful day."

The Student Princes will return to the track for the All-Ohio meet hosted by Ohio Wesleyan University next Saturday, April 13.

Men's 400m Hurdles: Kenny Beucler ran a blistering 52.90 in what many considered the toughest event on the track in the 400m hurdles. His time was the first in NCAA DIII to break 53 seconds and he currently sits first in the nation with his mark.

Men's 1500m: The Student Princes finished three of the top five, including a 1-2 finish. Eric Peterson overtook Austin Neura on the final stretch and narrowing took first place with a time of 4:04.04. Neura crossed with a 4:04.38. In fifth, Mitchell Luken had a time of 4:11.79.

Women's 400m Hurdles: Allison Schwarzbek was edged at the last hurdle to take second overall with a time of 1:04.63.

Women's 1500m: Amanda Elkins toed the line in fourth with a time of 5:06.76.

Women's 200m: Kelsey Grove finished the 200 in 26.19, fourth overall.

Men's High Jump: 2019 Indoor OAC champion, Wes Fritz cleared 6 feet, 6.75 inches on his first attempt for a fourth place finish.

Men's 400m: Dan Stoll led most of his heat, but trailed off at the end, but still managed a fifth place finish with a time of 49.84.

Men's 4x400m Relay: The team of Sam Steffen, Beucler, Peterson, and Stoll finished fifth with a time of 3:25.98.

Women's 100m: Arinn Hayes clocked a 12.68 time in the 100m dash, good for a fifth place finish.

Men's Long Jump: Fritz leaped 21 feet, 1.5 inches to take fifth in the long jump.

Men's 800m: Peterson just squeaked under two minutes with a time of 1:59.99, putting him sixth overall.

Men's Steeplechase: Andrew Symonds crossed in seventh with a time of 10:27 even.

Men's 4x100m: The quartet of Branden Short, Noah Paris, Dimitri Penick and Volaskis Walkins placed seventh with a time of 43.88.

Women's 100m Hurdles: Schwarzbek's time of 16.19 seconds was good enough for seventh overall.

Men's 5,000m: David Drushal (16:02.33) and Alec Waterston (16:15.67) went 7th and 8th in the longest run of the day.

Women's Long Jump: Jada Thomas jumped 16 feet, 4.25 inches for eighth place.