By Blake Moore
ADA — After one day at the Ohio Athletic Conference Indoor Track & Field Championships, the John Carroll Blue Streaks lead the men's team title race with 42 points through five scored events at the ONU Sports Center Fieldhouse.
Ohio Northern currently sits second with 39 total points, and Otterbein rounds out the top-three programs with 35 points.
The Blue Streaks claimed two OAC individual event titles in the five contested finals on Friday. Junior Hayden Snow secured the long jump event title with a 7.65-meter effort (25' 1.25"), which established a new OAC meet record. Later, senior Kyle Monahan manufactured a come-from-behind victory in the 5,000-meter run, passing two competitors in the final 400 meters.
Marietta, Baldwin Wallace, and Otterbein won the remaining three events.
MC junior James Kovatch took the top spot in the men's pole vault with an impressive 4.86-meter clearance (15' 11.25"), besting the field by 0.45 meters (1' 5.75").
The Yellow Jackets' Zak Dysert notched a win in the 35-pound weight throw, topping three competitors with tosses over 18 meters. He would overtake eventual runner-up Nick Colby (JCU) in the second round and extend his lead with an 18.89-meter heave to claim the championship title.
In the day's final event, Jacob Thompson, Michael Rennette, Bill Daily, and Trevor Dilley raced to a 10:37.62 clocking in the 4,000-meter distance medley relay event finals, earning Otterbein its first title at the 2019 OAC Championships.
Day two action begins at 10 a.m. with six field event finals slated for Saturday morning. Running events will resume at 2 p.m. inside the ONU Sports Center Fieldhouse.
Team Standings (Thru Day 1):
1. John Carroll 42, 2. Ohio Northern 39, 3. Otterbein 35, 4. Mount Union 23, 5. Baldwin Wallace 17, 6. Heidelberg 11, 7. Marietta 10, 8. Capital 7, 9. Muskingum 6, 10. Wilmington 5