Bruner wins OAC long jump title
Quakers sixth after opening day
February 25, 2011
Brandon Bruner's leap of 22-7.75 earned the sophomore the Ohio Athletic Conference long jump title.
BEREA — Brandon Bruner captured the long jump title and Erik Svensson finished third as Wilmington College opened competition Friday in the Ohio Athletic Conference Indoor Track and Field Championship, hosted by Baldwin-Wallace College.
The Quakers are in sixth place with 21 points heading into the final day of action on Saturday. Baldwin-Wallace leads the team standings with 39 points.
“We had a very good first day,” Wilmington head coach Ron Combs said. “We’re not a huge team. We have limited scoring opportunities, so we need to make the most of the opportunities that are there for us. Really, our guys did that today. That was about as good as we could have expected.”
The start of Friday’s action was pushed back five hours by inclement weather across Ohio. When things did get going, Bruner (Cincinnati/Shroder) and Svensson (Falkenbergs, Sweden/Falkenbergs Gymnakieskola) were ready to roll. Bruner claimed the title with an effort of 22-7.75 while Svensson earned All-OAC honors with a jump of 22-1.75.
“The impressive thing about those guys was that Erik moved into the top three with his last jump and Brandon comes down and wins on the last jump. A little ice water in the veins, there. That was great to see those guys do that,” Combs said.
The Quakers also made noise on the track. The distance medley relay team of Brad Kline (Circleville), Kenny Johnson (Cincinnati/Shroder), Alek Erwin (Springfield/Northeastern) and Pat Carroll (Cincinnati/Purcell Marian) narrowly missed All-OAC honors and a new school record. The quartet finished fourth overall in 10:39.78, just off the team record of 10:39.40 set in 2007.
“That was a great run for those guys,” Combs said. “There have been some question marks on that team all year — we’re really young. It’s basically three freshmen and Pat Carroll. They dropped almost 11 seconds today off their best time of the year and just missed the school record. It was an awesome run for them.”
Josh Richardson (Hamilton/North College Hill) qualified for Saturday’s 55-meter hurdles with an 8.04 that was the third-fastest time in Friday’s preliminaries.
“The thing about that is the guy next to Josh false started, so everybody then got glued in their boxes,” Combs said. “If Josh gets the start he normally gets tomorrow, he’s going to be in good shape. He got a ticket to the finals, and that’s what he needed.”
Mitch Howard (Germantown/Valley View) advanced to Saturday’s 500-meter run finals with a 1:07.83 effort that was the fourth-best time in the prelims.
“Mitch was third in his prelim heat, but three of those four guys are in the fast heat in tomorrow’s finals,” Combs said. “He ended up in a loaded heat in the prelims, but I think he’s ready to roll. He looked good today.”
Michael Reavis (Huber Heights/Wayne) and Mason Metts (Pomeroy/Meigs) finished 9th and 10th, respectively, in the weight throw. Reavis’ best throw was 44-6 while Metts went 44-4.