LOGAN, OH – Saturday, February 20th, Ohio Christian University competed at the River States Conference Championships at the Chieftain Center on Logan high schools' campus.
Point Park University won the women's title with 208.16 points while their men tallied 202 points winning on the men's side.
The Ohio Christian men finished fifth out of eight schools with 75 points. The Lady Trailblazers also placed fifth with 66 points. Both teams had individuals step up in all areas which led to the respectable finishes.
The top three finishers in each event received all-conference honors. Fourth through eighth place scored points for the team.
The Men's Distance Medley Relay placed first with a time of 10 minutes 53.76 seconds. The time set a new meet record. Drake Dickerson (JR/Lancaster, OH) outran WVU Tech's cross-country conference champion in the final leg of the relay to seal the deal. The other team members included Corry Mientkiewicz, Derek Donner (SO/Lebanon, OH) and Chester Mientkiewicz (JR/Kinsman, OH).
Dickerson put on a show while earning the Track Athlete of the Year award. He won the mile in a time of 4:37.21. He also took runner-up in the 1,000 meters in 2:39.64.
Corry Mientkiewicz placed third in the 5,000-meter run in 16:46.1. He also took fourth in the 1,000-meter run in 2:44.52.
Corry's brother, Chester, placed third in the 800-meter run in 2:07.83. He also placed eighth in the 5,000 meters.
Donner placed fourth in a pair of events. First, he ran a 9.57 in the 60-meter hurdles. He also ran the 600-meter run in a time of 1:30.65. He won his heat while setting a new personal best.
River Collins (JR/Akron, OH) placed fourth in the weight throw with a new personal record toss of 12.74 meters.
The 4x800 meter relay placed fourth in a time of 11:31.46. The quartet consisted of Nathan Rose (SR/Hilliard, OH), Elijah Newland (FR/Marysville, OH), Andrew Smith and Evan Caldwell. The same members placed sixth in the 4x400 meter relay in a time of 4:04.48.
Caldwell placed fifth in the 400-meter dash with a time of 55.5 seconds. This was a personal best for Caldwell.
Smith placed seventh in the 60-meter hurdles in a time of 11.43 seconds.
Acacia May (SO/Valley View, OH) finished runner up in the 400-meter dash in a new personal best time of 62.88 seconds. May finished third in the pole vault with a jump of 2.75 meters. This set a new school record. She also placed fourth in the 200-meter dash in a time of 27.94 seconds.
Morgan Maffett (SO/Pickerington, OH) finished runner up in the weight throw with a toss of 14.88 meters. She also placed third in the shot put with a throw of 10.88 meters.
Gracie Lanier (SO/Scott Depot, WV) placed third in the 60-meter dash in 8.39 seconds setting a new personal best. She also placed fifth in the 200-meter dash in a time of 28.12 seconds.
Brittany Lenz (JR/Springfield, OH) placed fourth in the 1,000 meters in 3:31.05. She also placed fifth in the mile with a time of 5:47.67. This was a new personal record.
Monica Caldwell placed fifth in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:55.58.
Imani Donovan (JR/North Olmsted, OH) placed sixth in the weight throw with a new personal best toss of 11.70 meters.
The 4x800 meter relay rounded out the scoring for the team. The team of Lenz, Lomaka, Headlee and Caldwell ran a time of 12:54.15 placing sixth.
Also named was the RSC Indoor Track & Field Champions of Character Team. One individual from each school was nominated by their coach for best representing the NAIA's core values of respect, responsibility, integrity, servant leadership and sportsmanship.
Maffett received the honor on the women's side while Chester Mientkiewicz represented the men's side.
Ohio Christian will wait to see if Dickerson is heading to the NAIA National Championship at Mount Marty University in South Dakota. Dickerson's mile performance from Feb. 12th has him currently in 16th place. The top 16 performances in the country qualify. There is one day remaining in the qualification period. Other top 30 National OCU performances are Maffett's best weight throw toss, which is ranked at 23rd and the men's DMR which sits at 28th.