By Scott Beaton
ADA — Junior Maggie Krause (Chagrin Falls/Kenston) was victorious in the pole vault competition and freshman Kayla Silva (Westerville/South) tied the 60-meter school record as the Ohio Northern women's track & field team sits second following day one of the two-day 2019 Ohio Athletic Conference Championships inside the ONU Sports Center Fieldhouse on Friday.
Mount Union currently leads the meet with 50.5 points, the Polar Bears are second with 35 points, and Otterbein is third with 34.5 points.
Krause and classmate Allison Stevens (Naperville, Ill./Central) took first and second in the pole vault by clearing 3.77 meters and 3.47 meters, respectively. With her performance, Krause earned her first OAC championship title and her third All-OAC honor.
In the long jump, sophomore Stella DeWitt (Weston/Cardinal Stritch) earned All-OAC recognition, placing third with a 5.39-meter leap.
In the 60 preliminaries, Silva tied junior Taylor Lavey's (New Baltimore, Mich./Findlay) school record with a 7.92-second clocking. Silva had the second-fastest qualifying time and Lavey finished in 8.01 seconds for the fourth-quickest qualifying mark.
Silva was also sixth in the long jump with a 5.13-meter jump while Lavey qualified for the 200 finals in :26.17, the fourth-best qualifying mark.
The distance medley relay grouping of junior Madeleine Routhier (West Unity/Hilltop), seniors Michaela Fox (Bellevue) and Avery Ewing (Kokomo, Ind./Eastern), and sophomore Chyanne Retcher (Ney/Fairview) took fourth in 12:45.58.
Senior Tia Harris (Newton Falls) placed fifth in the weight throw with a 14.34-meter toss.
The 60 hurdle finals will include senior Sydney McCluer (Columbus Grove), who had the seventh-quickest qualifying time with a career-best 9.41 effort.
Ohio Northern will finish out the 2019 OAC Championships on Saturday. Field events are set for 10 a.m. while running events will begin at 2 p.m.
Team Standings (through Day 1 of 2)
1. Mount Union 50.5, 2. Ohio Northern 35, 3. Otterbein 34.5, 4. Baldwin Wallace 33, 5. John Carroll 22, 6. Capital 9, 7. Marietta 7, 8. Wilmington 3, 9. Muskingum 1