Dyer, Albani Hit NCAA Qualifying Marks, Both Scot Teams Finish Fifth at Kenyon Invite

The College of Wooster’s Eric Dyer and Bryan Albani each recorded provisional-qualifying marks for the 2009 NCAA Div. III Track & Field Championships Saturday, with Dyer’s 47 feet, 7.75 inches in the triple jump also breaking a school record, and both Fighting Scots teams ended up in fifth-place at the 10-team Kenyon Invitational in Gambier, Ohio.

The Wooster men scored 64 points, edging North Coast Athletic Conference rival Denison University (59) to finish in the top half of the competitive field. Ohio Wesleyan University took home the team crown (154).

Dyer’s mark in the triple jump was 8.75 inches better than Tristan Jordan’s 46 feet, 11 inches, the previous Scot best which had been set just last year. Dyer, who also took seventh in the long jump (6.09 meters) Saturday, was the runner-up in the triple jump, being edged by Muskingum College’s Demetrius Bailey (14.71 meters) as the duo continued their personal rivalry. Last week, Dyer outreached Bailey 45 feet, 7.25 inches to 45 feet, 2.5 inches to win the All-Ohio Championships.

Albani’s NCAA mark came in the 110-meter hurdles, as he crossed with a personal-best time of 14.90, good for second-place. He was also the runner-up in the 400 hurdles (56.96), less than half a second behind the winner (56.53).

Jon Mathis was another double scorer for the Wooster men, as he came in fourth in the discus (39.22 meters) and seventh in the high jump (1.73 meters), an event in which teammate Averell Gatton took fifth (1.78 meters). Josh Kime scored in two throwing events, tallying a fifth-place in the shot put (13.21 meters) and an eighth in the hammer throw (31.24 meters).

Also noteworthy, Rick Workman ran to a fifth-place showing in the 5000 meters, barely beating teammate Mark DeWine to the line as the latter was sixth (16:21.23), while Julian Mangano finished fifth in the 400 meters (50.52) and Robert McConnell achieved seventh in the pole vault (3.97 meters).

The women’s meet saw the Scots tally up 68 points, which included outscoring Ohio Wesleyan (59), and Ohio Northern University took top team honors (133).

Wooster’s individual highlight came from Sarah Appleton as the freshman standout won the 3000-meter steeplechase (12:23.07), almost 20 seconds clear of the runner-up (12:42.96), while senior Kayla Miller was among the top-three in two events. She hit second-place in the triple jump (10.62 meters) and third in the high jump (1.47 meters).

Elizabeth Wardrop complemented Miller in both via a fourth-place effort in the high jump (1.47 meters) and fifth in the triple (9.40 meters). KateLynn Riley also produced points in the high jump, taking fifth overall (1.42 meters). That was one of three events she scored in, adding a fifth-place performance in the 100-meter hurdles (15.66) and sixth in the long jump (4.73 meters).

The Scots’ other multi-event scorer was Ali Drushal, who placed fourth in the javelin (32.78 meters) and seventh in the pole vault (2.75 meters). One spot better than her in the javelin was Katharina Kroll (33.35 meters), while Jessica Yarmosky closed out the individual scoring via a seventh-place run in the 1500 meters (5:07.47).