Bridgewater Men Win Numerous Awards at the ODAC Championship Meet
LYNCHBURG, Va – Sophomore Luke Sohl won the Men's Athlete of the Meet award, Coach Shane Stevens won ODAC Indoor Coach of the Year, and senior Tim Wisniewski won the ODAC Scholar Athlete of the Year award at the ODAC Men's Track and Field Indoor Championship Meet at Liberty University on Friday.
The Bridgewater men finished in second place overall with a total of 124 points, only 47 points away from first place Lynchburg (171 points).
An English major from Fredericksburg, Va., Wisniewski received the ODAC/Farm Bureau Insurance Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award by the conference's sports information directors.
Going into his 30th year as the head track and field coach, Shane Stevens has become a well-respected coach in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC), as well as Division III athletics. He received the ODAC Indoor Coach of the Year award, making that his seventh indoor Coach of the Year award. His most recent honor was in 2008.
Sohl claimed the meet's top performer honor by finishing first in the mile run, the 3000 meter run, and being a crucial leg in the first place finish for the distance medley relay. Crossing the line with a time of 4:19.21 in the mile, he shaved nearly a second off of his current record that he set at the Liberty University Open earlier in the season. With that performance, the sophomore set a new Bridgewater record, as well as a new ODAC Indoor Championship Meet record, which was currently 4:20.06 and held by Lynchburg's Ricky Flynn in 2010.
In the 3000 mile run, the Burke, Va. native took home the gold with a first place showing of 8:44.94, also shattering the current ODAC Indoor Championship Meet record of 8:45.94.
Heckman paced the way in the 800 meter dash and took home the individual title with a first place showing of 1:57.30. Wisniewski finished behind him in third place, clocking in a time of 1:58.02 and garnering six points for the Eagles.
In the triple jump, senior Eugene Cummings placed first with a jump of 46 feet, 10 inches. He also scored in the long jump, placing third with a best of 21 feet, 4 ¼ inches.
Senior Jacob Kroko was a first place performer in the weight throw and with a distance of 50 feet, 6 ¾ inches, he took home the gold.
Wisniewski was also a crucial leg for the 4x400 meter relay and contributed to their third place finish to win All-ODAC honors. With a time of 3:27.41, Heckman, Gunther, Wisniewski, and Monteleone earned points for the team with the performance.
Three of the top five spots were claimed by the Eagles in the 60 meter dash. Sophomore Jacob Wright and senior Tyler Beiler went 2-3, respectively, while senior Keith Lance garnered points by finishing fifth. Wright paced the Eagles with a time of 7.02 seconds, while Beiler was close behind with 7.08 seconds and Lance crossed the line at 7.12 seconds.
In the 200 meter dash, junior Daryus Beale scored points for the Eagles with a fifth place finish, crossing the line with a time of 23.45 seconds. Lance finished right behind Beale, earning sixth with a time of 23.46 seconds.
Beale also competed in the 60 meter hurdles and finished third for the Eagles with junior Ben Martindell close behind in fourth. Beale clocked in a time of 8.66 seconds and Martindell finished in 8.75 seconds.
Senior Ryan Speray and junior Baylor Dickerson also racked up points for the Eagles in the mile run with a third place and fifth place finish, respectively. Speray clocked in a time of 4:27.56, while Dickerson finished at 4:35.90.
With a time of 16:01.59 and a fourth place finish, freshman Matt Denlinger was Bridgewater's top performer and garnered four points for the team.
In the high jump event, Monteleone tied for fourth place with 6 feet, ½ inch, along with six other ODAC athletes, including fellow teammate Jairus Akanni. After a jump off, Monteleone placed sixth and obtained a point for Bridgewater.
Monteleone competed in the long jump as well and finished fifth with a leap of 21 feet, ½ inch.
Earning fifth with a measure of 43 feet, 3 inches in the triple jump, junior Stefan Vessels gathered a pair of points for the Eagles.