SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Led by Moniteau grad Dalton Anderson and Bradford alum John Eakin, the Slippery Rock University men’s track and field team recorded 23 Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference qualifying marks, two NCAA provisional marks and nine event wins at the Dave Labor Invitational hosted by SRU Saturday at the William Lennox Track.
Both of Slippery Rock’s NCAA provisional marks on the day came in the throws with Anderson winning the javelin and Eakin winning the shot put. Anderson recorded a mark of 58.66 meters to top SRU alumnus and former DII national champion Dave Reinhardt (another Bradford grad) for the win. Eakin took the shot put crown with a season-best toss of 17.23 meters. Joshua Rohland was also fifth in the shot put with a mark of 14.20 meters to hit the PSAC standard.
The meet, which was the first of four home meets this spring for Slippery Rock, featured a storm delay in the middle of the day after wind gusts of more than 60 miles per hour ripped through the stadium. The storm knocked the power out in the stadium and lifted the jumping pits out of the stadium. After the worst of the storm passed, the meet was able to resume but strong winds the rest of the day and evening made competing difficult for everyone.
AJ Virata claimed a win in the 200-meter dash in 21.81 seconds and also ran a leg of the winning 4×100-meter relay. He teamed with Kadin Johnson, Matthew Crow, and Brookville grad Bryan Dworek to win the relay in 41.95 seconds. Dworek also led the way in the long jump with a runner-up finish and a leap of 6.84 meters.
Slippery Rock will compete at a pair of local meets next week, sending athletes to Grove City College Wednesday for the Grove City Mid-Week Meet and sending the majority of the team to Westminster College Saturday for the Westminster Invitational.
MERCYHURST BASEBALL TAKES DH FROM CLARION
Mercyhurst swept Clarion in a doubleheader on Sunday, winning by scores of 6-0 and 4-3.
In Game 1, McDowell grad Luke Jackson belted a 2-run home run, while Jarrett Heilman tossed a complete-game 1-hitter, striking out seven and walking just one.
In Game 2 for Mercyhurst, McDowell grad Chris Juchno, Zach Kourous, and Eric Chorba all knocked in runs, while Warren grad Mitch Grosch was 2-for-3 with a run scored. Warren alum Ben Berdine tossed 2/3 of an inning of scoreless relief.