By Scott Beaton
ALLENDALE, Mich. & WESTERVILLE — Senior All-American Ian McVey (Stow/Munroe Falls) shattered the 3,000-meter run school record Friday evening, and the Polar Bears wound up seventh in an 18-team field at the All-Ohio Championships Saturday afternoon, headlining the fourth weekend in the Ohio Northern men's track and field 2019 indoor season.
On Friday evening, McVey rewrote the Ohio Northern record books with a career-best 8:16.99 clocking in the 3,000-meter run at the GVSU Big Meet, held at Grand Valley State (Mich.). He trimmed nine seconds off his own school record and moved into fifth on the NCAA Division III performance list, pending other results from around the country this weekend.
Overall, McVey placed 10th in a 48-man field that included athletes from NCAA Division I, II, and III institutions.
Inside the Clements Recreation Center Saturday afternoon, freshmen pole vault specialists Andrew Buderer (Oak Harbor) and Luke Shellhaas (Greenville/Versailles) both cleared 4.36 meters to take second and third place, respectively, to lead the Ohio Northern men's track and field team to a seventh-place finish at the All-Ohio Championships.
ONU posted 44.5 points to claim seventh, while Otterbein and Mount Union tied for first with 124 points.
The Polar Bears move to 16-7 overall on the season.
In the 200, freshman Nate Dean (Euclid/Villa Angela Saint Joseph) was fourth in a career-best :22.94.
Krabacher went on to place fifth in the 800 with a 1:57.56 clocking.
In the high jump, sophomore Owen Lloyd (Colfax, Ind./Clinton Prairie) cleared 1.89 meters, taking fourth place.
Sophomore Matt Bradshaw (Cleveland/Norton) came in fifth in the weight throw with a career-best 16.17-meter effort.
Northern also received a sixth place finish from the distance medley relay grouping of juniors Kyle Neff (Sagamore Hills/Walsh Jesuit), Cody Benny (Wapakoneta), and Riley Lamison (Beaver, Pa./Beaver Area), and freshman Patrick Baker (Massillon/Jackson) in 10:55.57.
The Polar Bears will compete next on Saturday at the Flag City Open in Findlay.
Team Standings (All-Ohio Championships)
1. Otterbein 124, 1. Mount Union 124, 3. Ohio Wesleyan 78, 4. Case Western 70.5, 5. John Carroll 65, 6. Heidelberg 45, 7. Ohio Northern 44.5, 8. Wooster 39, 9. Marietta 23, 10. Baldwin Wallace 21, 11. Francisan (Ohio) 13, 12. Oberlin 12, 13. Muskingum 11, 14. Capital 9, 15. Defiance 7, 16. Bluffton 3.5, 17. Wilmington 3, 18. Wittenberg 2.5