North Central holds on for title
Benton’s anchor leg clinches second national championship
It wasn’t easy, but North Central’s men’s track team completed a two-year sweep of the indoor and outdoor national championships.
The Cardinals held off Wisconsin-La Crosse 58-56 to win the title Saturday afternoon at Selby Stadium in Delaware, Ohio.
Dan Benton played a key role in the success. He helped the mile-relay team win a title and also won the 400 (46.84) as the Cardinals were able to hang on for the championship.
“I’m so happy. I’ve never been a part of a team like North Central before,” Benton said. “I’m not running for myself anymore, but for the team and for the bigger picture. It takes the pressure off and makes me feel so much greater when I can do this for the team.”
Mike Spain also won a title for the Cardinals. He rose to the occasion in the 5,000 and finished in 14:41.15. Peter Geraghty was the champ in the pole vault for North Central, hitting a height of 17-3.
Eric Woodruff had a big day for Moravian, winning the 100 (10.90) and 200 (21.55). Fredonia State’s Nick Guarino was the champion in the 800, crossing the line in 1:48.89. Guarino also stepped up in the 1500 and finished the race in 3:53.43.
Moravian’s Gary Zack also won a championship, taking home the gold in the javelin with a throw of 221 feet.
Dan Davis of Washington University clocked in at 14.40 in the 110 hurdles to win the event while McMurry star Kevin Cunningham won the 400 hurdles in a time of 51 seconds.
Kent Pecora of Dickinson won the 3,000 steeplechase in a time of 8:51.85 and Paul Turner of La Verne was crowned the champion in the long jump (23-61/4).
Isaac Vazquez was one of the champions for La Crosse. He hit a mark of 51-21/4 in the triple jump to win the event. Eric Flores of Cal Lutheran won the shot put (57-53/4) and hammer throw (213-11) and Carter Comito of Whitworth was the discus champion with a throw of 182-2.
Ethan Miller and Kurtis Brondyke of Central College went first and second in the decathlon. Miller scored 7,170 points while Brondyke racked up 7,109 points.