Westerville, OH- The Tigers were on the road for the annual All-Ohio Indoor Championships which was held by Otterbein University. The Tigers faced tough competition from across Ohio resulting in a 7th place finish out of 18 on the women's side and a 9th place finish out of 17 on the men's side.
The Women: Ryelee Clary placed sixth in the prelims of the women's 60 meter hurdles with a time of 9.41 in the prelims then came back to place fourth in the finals with a time of 9.25. Alexis Gray picked up a first place finish for the Tigers in the 800 meter with a time of 2:16.89. Alexis Johnson and Stevie Plikerd picked up points for Wittenberg in the long jump with a third place finish (Johnson, 5.45m) and fifth place (Plikerd, 5.3m). Plikerd came back later in the triple jump with a third place finish and distance of 10.88m, third in the 800m pentathlon with a 2:42.23 finish, fifth in the 60 meter hurdles for the pentathlon at 10.38, and fifth place in the pentathlon 60 meter hurdles with a time of 10.38. Plikerd picked up top spots in two events, placing first place finish of the day with a distance of 5.31m in the pentathlon long jump and first in the pentathlon shot put after throwing for 11.16m. With all combined events, Plikerd finished fourth in the Pentathlon to give Wittenberg six points. The women finished the day in seventh out of 18 teams.
The Men: The Tigers 4x200m relay team composed of Tyler Branton, Ezekiel Bennett, Brandon Johnson, and Austyn Albanese finished in fifth place with a time of 1:34.17. Albanese and Bennet were joined by Ian McCandlish and Deven Ramsey in the 4x400 meter in their second place finish and time of 3:26.55. Jaycee Perry picked up a third place finish in the men's high jump with a height of 1.89m.
Zachary Guyer continued his heptathlon events, finishing in second in the 60 meter dash with a time of 7.45, fourth in the 1000m with a 3:04.11 finish, first in the 60 meter hurdles with a time of 8.88, third in the high jump with a height of 1.69m, another second place finish in the pole vault with a height of 3.35m, fourth in the long jump landing with a distance of 5.70m and second in the shot put throwing for 11.53m to give Guyer an overall finish of second place in the heptathlon. The men's team ended the day with a ninth placed finish out of 17 teams.
Up Next: The Tigers will return home for the Steemer Showcase on Saturday, February 22nd. Wittenberg will also be sending athletes to the NCAC Combined at Oberlin on the 22nd.