Christian Rhodes earned a new Wabash College record and a possible trip to nationals with his effort in the pole vault Monday at the Ron Althoff Last-Chance Meet at Ohio Wesleyan University.
Rhodes cleared 4.92 meters (16 feet, 1.75 inches) to break the mark of 4.90 meters (16 feet, 0.75 inches) set last season by Trevor Young. Rhodes’ winning performance Monday ties him for tenth in the nation among Division III men’s vaulters. The top twenty performances in individual events earn berths at the 2015 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships to be held May 21-23 in Canton, New York.
Adam Wadlington also improved his top time of the year, turning in a 14.60 in the prelims of the 110-meter hurdles for the 14th fastest time of the year. He ran a 15.34 in the finals to place fifth. Ronnie Posthauer won the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 14.52 in the finals after posting a 14.39 in the prelims. He is already solidly in the field of national qualifiers with a season-best time of 14.28, fourth-quickest this year. Nathan Mueller finished just ahead of Wadlington in the finals of the sprint hurdles, placing fourth overall with a time of 15.33 after qualifying with a time of 15.30 earlier in the day.
Joel Whittington placed fifth in the 400-meter hurdles by crossing the finish line in 53.89, just a tick behind his season-best effort of 53.21 that has him ranked 12th on the national list.
Derek De St Jean won the discus with a top performance of 47.60 meters (156 feet 2 inches), short of his best effort of the season at 50.66 meters (166 feet, 2 inches) which ranks 16th nationally. He also scored a fourth-place finish in the hammer throw with a mark of 52.59 meters (172 feet, 6 inches), shy of his season-best effort and 21st-ranked throw of 56.26 meters (184 feet, 7 inches).
Wabash is still hoping to get its 4×400-meter relay into one of the top-16 spots to earn a trip to nationals. Monday night the foursome of Joey Conti, Jordan Smith, Whittington, and Parker Redelman finished third with a time of 3:19.09, off the pace of the best time for the Little Giants this year of 3:17.34. The 16th-best time this season is currently 3:15.28.
The Little Giants will have opportunities throughout the remainder of the week to try and improve on their final marks before the official participant field is announced Sunday morning.
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