Scots Tally Three First-Place Finishes, Seven All-Ohio Honors at All-Ohio Championships

Brian Lief
Brian Lief
Akwia Tilton
Akwia Tilton

Senior Brian Lief, junior Akwia Tilton, and senior David Westcott turned in blue ribbon finishes, while four other All-Ohio performances were logged by The College of Wooster track and field program at Saturday's All-Ohio Championships, which were held at Ohio Wesleyan University. Wooster's men placed seventh of 20 teams with 49 points, while the women were ninth of 19 programs with 36.5 points.

Lief's win in the 1,500 meters was the most exciting of Wooster's three first-place finishes, as the senior's 3:57.61 just edged out Otterbein University's Trevor Dilley's 3:57.64, and the duo was neck-and-neck in the event due to running in the same heat.

Westcott, on the other hand, had plenty of breathing room in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, with the senior's career-best 9:10.04 handily beating out the other 21 competitors. Otterbein's Jacob Thompson was the runner up at 9:27.78.

Noteworthy, Westcott's time is currently the third-best in Div. III this spring.

Tilton's victory came in the long jump, where she measured out at 17 feet, 6 inches, two inches better than Wittenberg University first-year Stevie Plikerd. Wooster doubled up with two All-Ohio honors in the long jump, with senior Carolyn Webster's third-place measurement of 17 feet, 0.5 inch backing Tilton up.

Tilton was the Scots' most decorated student-athlete at the All-Ohio Championships, as the junior anchored Wooster's third-place 4x400 relay that finished at 4:05.18, just ahead of Case Western Reserve University's quartet, that crossed at 4:05.70. In addition to Tilton, senior Emani Kelley, first-year Maya Vasta, and junior Audrey Cordova earned All-Ohio honors on the relay.

Sticking with the women, first-year Claudia Partridge cleared 5 feet, 3 inches in the high jump, which was good for third-place and the final All-Ohio spot. On the men's side, sophomore Matt Klonowski's time of 1:57.21 in the 800 meters held up for the third-fastest on the day.

Wooster was within reach of All-Ohio placements in several other events, as first-year Kristian Coleman (triple jump, 42 feet, 0.5 inch), senior Jackson Feinknopf (10,000 meters, 32:31.00), first-year William McMichael (400 meters, 49.36), and senior Jack Petrecca (high jump, 6 feet, 4.25 inches) all placed fourth.

Otterbein captured the All-Ohio crowns with 140.50 points on the men's side and 136 points in the women's standings.

Next, Wooster's at the Kenyon College Invitational on Saturday, April 20.