McMonigle defends title; Quakers 5th at OAC meet
Wilmington jumpers come up big
February 26, 2011
Braden McMonigle cleared 6-6.75 to defend his OAC high jump title.
BEREA — Braden McMonigle and Christian Patterson swept the high jump Saturday as Wilmington College earned a fifth-place finish in the Ohio Athletic Conference Indoor Track and Field Championship at Baldwin-Wallace College.
The Quakers tied with Marietta with 64 points each. Ohio Northern won the team title with 160 points.
“I’m really proud of the effort the kids gave this weekend. You get a little bit greedy in the middle of the meet because you see what the potential is, and you could maybe finish in the top four,” Wilmington head coach Ron Combs said. “Even at the end when we didn’t score points, our kids were still running big PRs. This is a great boost for us going to the outdoor season.”
McMonigle (Monroe/Lemon-Monroe) cleared 6-6.75 to win his second straight OAC indoor title. The junior also won the 2009 OAC outdoor championship. Patterson (Cincinnati/Norwood) went 6-5 in his first competition since joining the squad at the conclusion of the men’s basketball season.
“It’s tough to defend a title and even tougher when you are not 100 percent,” Combs said. “Braden is not 100 percent. He’s getting close. He did a great job of stepping in and defending his title. Christian was our wild card entry with one day of practice. That’s going to be one heck of a 1-2 punch outdoors.”
Mitch Howard (Germantown/Valley View) capped a solid championship with an eighth-place finish in the 500-meter run and a second-place finish in the triple jump. Howard went 44-9.50 in the triple jump while Brandon Bruner (Cincinnati/Shroder) finished fifth at 44-4.25.
“Mitch does it all for our team,” Combs said. “He had another great meet. He probably came in seeded fifth or sixth in the triple jump and just popped a huge jump to get second. That was really the story of this team all weekend. People just raised their level across the board.”
Josh Richardson (Hamilton/North College Hill) was second in the 55-meter hurdles, finishing in 7.90.
“Josh has been Mr. Consistency all year,” Combs said. “He had a great finish today. He leaned at the tape to get second. I’m looking forward to watching run outdoors.”
Mason Metts (Pomeroy/Meigs) finished sixth in the shot put with a best effort of 47-5.
On the track, the Quakers’ 4x200 and 4x400 relay teams both earned eighth-place finishes.