Mangano, Miller, Riley Take Home NCAC Championships, Both Scots Teams Finish Fifth

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The College of Wooster’s track & field teams combined for nine all-conference performances, highlighted by championships for Julian Mangano in the 800 meters, Kayla Miller in the triple jump, and KateLynn Riley in the 100-meter hurdles, as both the men and women ended up in fifth-place at the North Coast Athletic Conference Championships, held at Ohio Wesleyan University this weekend.

The Fighting Scot women’s squad, which totaled 85.5 points, finished just five shy of fourth-place Wittenberg University (90.5), while Ohio Wesleyan (225) topped the eight-team field.

Miller’s mark of 34 feet, 9 inches was more than a foot better than her closest competition (33 feet, 5.75 inches), and was the second NCAC title of her career as the senior standout also won the triple jump at this season’s indoor meet. Miller scored in the long jump (15 feet, 7.5 inches) and high jump (4 feet, 7.75 inches) as well, taking sixth and tying for seventh in those respective events.

Riley, who already was the NCAC’s runner-up in the heptathlon (3,892 points) last weekend, breezed to the championship in the 100 hurdles with a time of 15.64, 0.57 seconds faster than the runner-up (16.21). That marked the junior’s second NCAC win after having beaten a similar field in the 55 hurdles at the conference indoor meet. Riley also contributed a sixth-place throw in the javelin (95 feet, 8 inches).

That was an event, in which Wooster had a pair of all-NCAC individuals as first-year Katharina Kroll came in second with a mark of 115 feet, 4 inches and senior Ali Drushal third at 110 feet, 7 inches. For Drushal, a senior who also wound up seventh in the pole vault (8 feet, 8.75 inches), it was the eighth all-conference certificate of her track & field career.

Another multiple-event scorer was Elizabeth Wardrop, who posted fifth- and sixth-place showings in the triple jump (31 feet, 10 inches) and high jump (4 feet, 9.75 inches), respectively, while narrowly missing all-NCAC honors (top-three) were Sarah Appleton and Whitney Rappole. Appleton crossed the finish line in fourth in the 3000-meter steeplechase (12:11.89), as did Rappole in the 400 hurdles (1:10.22).

Other Scot individual scorers consisted of Vickie Peterman, who hit fifth in the discus (104 feet, 9 inches), fellow thrower Katie Dale, who came back from an injury to reach seventh in the shot put (33 feet, 4.5 inches), Miriam Wise, who was seventh in the long jump (15 feet, 6 inches), and Natasha Blaise and Suzanne Capehart, eighth-place finishers in the 400 (1:01.19) and 1500 meters (5:00.60), respectively.

In the men’s standings, Wooster actually tied for fifth-place with Denison University as they compiled 58 points apiece among their 10-team field. Ohio Wesleyan also won the men’s competition (226).

Mangano, a junior who had never previously scored as an individual at an NCAC meet, continued his breakout spring with the victory in the 800. It was one of the most exciting races of the two-day event, as Mangano edged Wabash College’s Kevin McCarthy 1:55.74 to 1:55.88.

Another Scot with a breakout season was Josh Kime, as the sophomore recorded a throw of 48 feet, 1.25 inches in the shot put, good for second-place.

Bryan Albani came up just short in his bid for another championship in the 110 hurdles as his 14.84 was less than one-tenth of a second behind the champion (14.84), as he settled for runner-up honors, while Wooster’s final all-conference performance was courtesy of Eric Dyer. He produced the third-best triple jump with a mark of 45 feet, 5.25 inches, and they also both scored in other events, with Albani crossing fifth in the 400 hurdles (56.24) and Dyer reaching seventh in the long jump (20 feet, 5.75 inches).

Terry Workman just missed out on all-NCAC status via his fourth-place run in the grueling 10,000 meters (32:08.07), as did Robert McConnell in the pole vault, ending up in fifth (12 feet, 11.75 inches).

Rounding out the Scots individual scoring, Jon Mathis threw sixth in the discus (133 feet, 9 inches) and Ramses Clements and Matthew Solter were eighth in the triple jump (42 feet, 2 inches) and 400 meters (50.72), respectively.