Scots Take Part in Third Annual Gator Invitational

Select student-athletes from The College of Wooster track & field teams competed at Friday’s Gator Invitational, hosted by Allegheny College. The meet featured individuals from 45 schools, spanning all NCAA divisions and NAIA, as competitors attempted to improve or reach qualifying marks for their respective national meets.

Highlighting Wooster’s results was junior Bryan Albani in the 110-meter hurdles. The speedy third-year Scot won his qualifying heat in 15.06, but was nipped at the tape in the finals heat (15.20) by Ohio Wesleyan University’s Steve Brown’s time of 15.09, as that same duo battled during last week’s North Coast Athletic Conference championship meet with similar results.

Continuing to better his time in the 800-meter run was junior Julian Mangano. He stopped the clock in a time of 1:54.69 on Friday, shaving over a second off his NCAC-winning mark of 1:55.74.

Already provisionally qualified for the NCAA Div. III Championships, junior Eric Dyer wasn’t able to improve on his earlier performance this spring in the triple jump, but still was among the top-eight in the highly-competitive field. He placed fifth with a mark of 13.47 meters, while teammate Averell Gatton was right behind in eighth at 12.91 meters.

Also competing and faring well was sophomore Josh Kime, senior Michael Cynkar, and junior Terry Workman. Kime finished sixth during the shot put competition with a toss of 14.10 meters, Cynkar crossed the line in third in his flight in the 800-meter run in 2:01.88, and Workman finished seventh in his flight of the 5,000-meter run with a time of 16:06.09.

The Scots will have one final opportunity to improve their marks when they travel to southern Ohio and compete in the Marietta Last Chance Meet on Tuesday, the site of the 2009 NCAA Div. III Outdoor Championships later this month.