Indoor Track Breaks Records
by Zach Pretzer

The Oberlin College women’s and men’s indoor track and field teams traveled to Denison University on Mar. 1 and 2 to compete in the North Coast Athletic Conference Championships. The women made their mark on the conference, finishing third, while the men placed eighth.

The Yeowomen finished with 122.0 points, just 17.5 points behind the leader, Allegheny College.
Oberlin had four individuals, as well as a relay team, rack up first place finishes. Junior sprinter Courtney Stackhouse not only won the 55-meter dash, but set an Oberlin and NCAC indoor record with her time of 7.30 in the event. Sophomore Shannon Houlihan won the triple jump with a leap of 36’ 3-1/2”, and junior Laura Feeney was victorious in the 3000m run with an Oberlin record time of 10:22.39. Feeney also became an NCAA provisional qualifier in the 5000m run with a time of 18:00.19 — also an Oberlin record. Senior Nzinga Broussard, coming right off the basketball team onto the track team, ran away with the 400m title with an NCAA provisional qualifying and Oberlin record time of 59.28. She also finished second in the 200m dash with yet another Oberlin record-breaking time of 25.92. In addition, Broussard was a member of Oberlin’s winning 4x400m relay team, along with first-years Magdalen Dale, Teresa Collins and Leslie Bosworth. The four finished far ahead of the rest of the pack with an Oberlin record time of 4:07.84.
Senior Apryl Wynn added a third-place finish in the 55m hurdles (8.97) and fourth-place finishes in the long jump (16’ 1”) and triple jump (34’ 11-3/4”), while first-year Emily Enderle finished in third place in the high jump (5’ 1”).
“I don’t think we could expect anything more or less than we did,” Broussard said.
The men’s team was led by first-year Bret Petersen and senior Andre Street, who along with sophomore Jeremy Lane and first-year Ryan McGinnis, won the 4x400m relay in an Oberlin record-breaking time of 3:27.37.
“Oberlin showed the conference that we have the best 4x400 relay team,” Petersen said.
In addition, Petersen and Street finished second and third in the 400m dash, respectively.

Senior Greg Wells added a third-place finish in the long jump with a leap of 21’ 0-1/4”. Petersen, Street, Lane, McGinnis and Wells earned All-NCAC honors for their performances.
“Indoor Championships went well,” McGinnis said, “but now it is time for outdoors. We hope to use the experience as a springboard for the upcoming season.”
The track and field teams get a brief reprieve at the end of the indoor season before the outdoor season officially begins on Mar. 30.

Article courtesy of the Sports Information Department. Channing Joseph and Colin Smith also contributed to this report.

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