OUNGSTOWN, Ohio – James Blackwell got the 2014 portion of the indoor track & field season off to a notable start by winning the pole vault competition at the Youngstown State Invitational.
Blackwell, a junior from Clare, Mich., cleared 15-feet 7-inches (4.75m) to win by six inches. He was an NCAA Division II qualifier last season in the indoor heptathlon and outdoor decathlon.
Two Yellow Jackets produced solid showings in the 5,000 meters. Ben Tuttle was 5th in 15:05 while Clay Watson came in 6th in 15:09.
Corey Caldwell finished 6th in the 60 meter hurdles final in 8.45 seconds. He was 6th in the prelims in 8.46.
Ryan Gustafson crossed the line in 8th place in the mile with a mark of 4:22.31 and Wyatt Hartman was 12th in 4:23.74. Joe Niemiecfinished 12th in the 3K in 8:41.91.
The 4 x 400 meter relay squad was 11th in 3:28.42. Exchanging the baton were David Yoder, Tucker Rhodes, Matthew Bird, and Tim De Jong.
The Yellow Jackets will host the Cedarville College Invitational on Feb. 7. Action in the Doden Field House begins at 3:00 p.m.
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