Metts shatters WC shot put record
Junior wins two events at Otterbein Invite
January 21, 2012
Mason Metts, shown throwing the hammer last spring, broke his own WC shot put record at the Otterbein Invitational.
OTTERBEIN — Mason Metts shattered his team shot put record as Wilmington College competed at the Otterbein Invitational Saturday.
The Quakers finished second with 152 points. Otterbein won the event with 179 points.
“I thought we came out of the gate real well today,” Wilmington head coach Ron Combs said. “I’m happy with how things went. We had some nice performances and everybody looked strong for the first meet. We’re all going home healthy, which is also a goal. I’m excited about how things went.”
Metts (Pomeroy/Meigs) won the shot put with a best effort of 51-2 ¼, topping his previous team record by more than 2 feet. Metts also won the weight throw with an effort of 49-4 ½.
“Mason had a great meet. His effort in the shot put would have been a provisional national qualifying mark last season and could get him in the mix this season,” Combs said. “He battled health issues last year, but he looks a lot stronger this year. I think he is going to be a different thrower this year.”
Pat Carroll (Cincinnati/Purcell Marian) and Alek Erwin (Springfield/Northeastern) posted wins in the mile and 1,000-meter runs, respectively.
“Pat and Alek both looked strong. Pat has been very business-like all year and is transitioning from cross country to track. He took care of business. He wanted to win the mile and he sacrificed himself in the 1,000 by taking the pace out hard to help his teammates get conference qualifying times,” Combs said. “Alek had a great race in the 1,000. That was one of the best races of the day.”
Tyler Caudill (Jamestown/Greeneview) won the 60-meter hurdles in 8.72. His preliminary time of 8.63 was 0.01 second off Josh Richardson’s school record.
“Tyler just transferred to Wilmington and he is going to make an impact. He looked really strong,” Combs said.