Welcome to the LIVE BLOG for the Tiffin University Alumni Open held in the Heminger Center starting at 12 pm today. We will have results and updates throughout the day.
Competing teams are Tiffin, Wittenberg, Ohio Dominican, Cedarville, and Seton Hill, along with notable Tiffin alumni who are coming back for special alumni events. The Alumni Open is one of the most anticipated events in the track and field season, with large crowds attending and the alumni getting a chance to compete in the Heminger Center, a great facility that they never had the chance to enjoy during their track careers.
The entire event can be watched on AmericaOne.com at this link: HERE
We will also be updating with photos from the event along with a continuous stream of results.
Results now coming in after some printer issues...
In the women's shot put, Mary Boyden led a strong TU group, winning with a throw of 45-3.5", easily outdistancing Miranda Mondozzi's 42-6". Ashley DeWitt was third, while alum and TU Hall of Famer thrower Sara Riley took 5th with a throw of 38-7.75".
The Motor City Track Club is yet another group competing at the Open, and they took the top three spots in the women's 400 meters. Tiffin's lone runner was Maia Jefferson, who finished 11th.
Tiffin's Tony Shead (also a great wide receiver for the football team) won the men's high jump with a jump of 6-6". Unattached Tiffin runner Tyler Parrish was next at 6-4". Nathan Cubbage and Adrian Hutchins also cleared 6-4".
Tiffin is not running their distance runners this weekend, so they had no placers in either mile race. Ohio Dominican won the women's mile and the men's mile. The Panthers ran in seven of the eight men's slots, while also posting 7 of the 9 runners on the women's side.
In the men's long jump, Shead again made his mark, finishing 3rd overall with a jump of 21-8.75". Seton Hill's Taylor Hockman won the event with a jump of 23-2" followed by Aaron Milsop's 22-1.75".
Another nice alumni performance, this time by Kayla Ellks, who won the women's long jump with a huge jump of 18-1.75", easily ahead of Elite Performance's Shelby Allen with 17-4.25".
Only one TU runner in the men's 600 meters. Isaac Beverly was 5th of 8 runners (1:29.10). ODU's Ashton Hall won in 1:27.39.
Nice crowd here on a cold afternoon. Plenty of action at the concession area and in the alumni room.
TU also had a solid showing in the men's 60 meters. Omar Lane just clipped Stephon Goodwin, winning in 6.93 to Goodwin's 6.94. Zac Ball, Aaron Kurzinski, and Jacob Buckwalter also competed for the alumni and did well, with Ball taking 4th in 7.07. Kurzinski was 6th and Buckwalter 8th.
TU's Wilner Marcelin won the men's 60 meter hurdles, posting a 8.09 time. Timothy Lewis was 4th overall for TU in 8.56 while Darrius DeMoss was 5th.
Tiffin's Chyna Davis took second in the women's 60 meter hurdles, coming in just behind Elite Performance's Allyson Goff 8.92 to 9.15. She was the lone TU runner in the event.
No TU runners active in either 800 meter race...
The 1K race going right now, with only the 200 meters, 3K, and 4x400 relays left for the track events...
Two more winning events for the Dragons in both 300 meter races. For the men, Reginald Mortel edged out Ishan Garrett with a time of 34.51. Garrett finished in 34.53. Dominic Colvin was third in 35.06.
In the women's 300, TU's Taylor Deskins posted a win in 40.04. Unattached Makeela Tisdale was next in 42.75.
No TU athletes competed in the women's high jump, which was won by unattached Keianna Ingram with a big jump of 5-8".
In men's 3000 meters, alum Justin Setty came in 3rd, posting a 9:48.76 time. Ohio Dominican's Patrick Ferguson won overall. There were no TU runners in the women's 3000 meters, as ODU brought all four runners.
In the men's 200 meters, TU took another super close second. Ishan Garrett finished in 23.00, with Seton Hill's Jonathan Feagin winning in 22.97.
Eugene Cannaday finished 3rd in the men's heptathlon, totaling 3988 points. Unattached Tim Young was first with 4637 and Seton Hill's Algeron Johnson was next in 4507. TU's Elijah O'Leary finished 4th (3165) and Travis Steinback was 5th in 2824.
Tiffin's Chyna Davis was 3rd in the triple jump, leaping 35-2". Elite Performance's Shelby Allen won with 37-10.5".
In the men's pole vault, alum and general pole vaulting god Keith Reiter won with a clearance of 14-9", beating Wittenberg's Alex Owens.
All ODU runners in the women's 1000 meters, while TU's Zane Lawrence won the men's shot put with a huge put of 49-10". Ralph Robinson was 3rd with 43-8", while Davion Bowers was 4th at 43-7". Demetrius Williams also finished 7th for the Dragons.Alums Kyle George (8th) and Joe Candito (10th) also competed.
Tony Shead was second in the men's triple jump, leaping 45-1.5" and falling to Seton Hill's Taylor Hockman.
Tiffin did not compete in either 4x400 relay race.
Overall a fast, well-run event that was a nice reunion for the alumni and for track fans.