By Caleb Scott
ADA — The Ohio Northern outdoor men's track and field team posted a second place finish at the annual Polar Bear Invitational to celebrate Senior Day at Kerscher Stadium.
The Polar Bears improve to 57-15 overall.
ONU recognized seniors A.J. Cody (Findlay/Liberty-Benton), Eric Collins (Strongsville), Cully Gordon (Holmesville/West Holmes), Andrew Harden (Dayton/Vandalia-Butler), Matthew Hommer (Swartz Creek, Mich./Lake Fenton), Evan Murtha (Pickerington/North), Cameron Rusnak (Lorain/Open Door Christian), Kase Schalois (Van Wert), Lucas Shumate (Wapakoneta/Spencerville) and Adam Smith (Rocky River).
Northern was led by freshman Jacob Vires (Monroe) as he finished first in the 100-meter dash in :10.97.
Freshman Andrew Shelton (Williamsville, N.Y./Williamsville South) led a 3-4-5 finish in the 800-meter run, finishing in 2:02.37.
Murtha inished fourth in the event in 2:02.61, while Gordon finished fifth in 2:03.09.
In the 1,500-meter run, freshman Wyatt Stahl (Lima/Bath) claimed a top-5 finish as he finished fifth in 4:20.79.
Freshman Brian Ruffini (Dennison/Claymont) posted a top-3 finish in the 110-meter hurdles as he finished third in :15.89.
Sophomore Auston Davenport (Russiaville, Ind./Western) posted a top-3 finish in the 3,000-meter steeplechase as he finished third in 10:55.48.
Smith claimed a third place finish in the pole vault, clearing 12' 11.75".
In the triple jump, freshman Noah McKee (Powell/Olentangy Liberty) posted a third place finish with a leap of 39' 7.25".
Shumate added a fourth place finish for Northern in the hammer throw with a toss of 180' 3.00".
The 4x400-meter relay team of Sibila, Emert, Vires and Benny wrapped up the meet with a third place finish in 3:36.49.
The Polar Bears return to the track Apr. 28-29 as they compete at the Ohio Athletic Conference Championships in New Concord on the campus of Muskingum.