Ashland becomes first GLIAC men’s team to claim top spot since 2010
Ashland became the first men’s team from the GLIAC to claim the top spot in the rankings since it was instituted in 2010. The Eagles gained 30.36 net points to boost their team score to 227.48 -- just ahead of Saint Augustine’s, which fell 31.49 net points to 222.79. No. 3 Adams State sits at 220.92 after a 25.32 net loss.
For Ashland, the driving force to the top was a combination of sprints, hurdles and throws performances. While mid-distance runner Drew Windle and thrower Garrett Grey expanded upon their national leads during the weekend, the points gain came from other student-athletes who moved up in the national event rankings. Hurdler Elijha Owens moved from 15th to seventh in the 110 hurdles (14.04), while Waquiem Comar made the move from 13th to sixth in the 400 hurdles (51.82). Sprinter Joe Horn moved from No. 8 to No. 4 at 200 meters (20.84) and hammer thrower Zac Ball jumped from No. 7 to No. 4 (204-4/62.29m).
No. 4 Grand Canyon slid 24.79 net points to 189.14, displaced a spot by Ashland’s jump to the top, while GLIAC rival Findlay rounded out the top five at 126.22 after a 3.89 net drop.
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