On Saturday, Dec. 4, the Lords and Ladies track and field teams began the season at the Wittenberg University Tiger Opener in Springfield, Ohio. Despite it being the first track season for many underclass students because of COVID-19, there were several event victories, and a school record was broken. The Lords finished in 9th place, while the Ladies finished in 8th.
Riley Orth ’24 had Kenyon’s best individual finish in field events, placing second in shot put with a throw of 46 feet, 2 ½ inches. Orth also secured a 10th-place finish in the weight throw with a measurement of 43 feet, 3 ¼ inches. With this throw, though, he beat an eight-year school record of 42 feet, 8 ¾ inches, originally set by Lucas Herweyer ’15 in February 2013. “I was feeling nervous,” Orth said about the throw. “I felt pretty sick going into it, and was happy that I performed as well as I did.”
This was Orth’s first meet after missing two years of competition due to COVID-19. “Walking away with a record broken felt almost surreal considering it’s been so long since I competed,” he said. Dylan Brintwood ’25 also competed in the event, placing 12th and landing a weight throw measurement at 41 feet, 5 inches.
On the track, the biggest wins came from the 800-meter relay team, consisting of Emmanuel Makelele ’25, Hans Schwarz ’22, Charles Atkins ’25 and Tapiwa Gono Phiri ’25, finishing the event in first with a time of 1:39.69. Ian Law ’25 finished the 800-meter run with a time of 2:05.71, ending in seventh place. Collin Witt ’24 secured a 15th-place individual finish in the 400-meter dash with a time of 52.67 seconds and a 22nd-place finish in the 200-meter dash with a time of 23.54 seconds. Jonathan Turner ’24 finished in 18th place in the 400-meter dash with a time of 53.64 and Phiri took 10th in the 200-meter with a time of 23.15. Samuel Rabieh ’25 finished 10th in the 3,000-meter run, clocking in at 9:46.15.
The Ladies finished first in the 800-meter relay in 1:58:51, with their team consisting of Cate Robertson ’22, Denna Medrano ’25, Madelyn Son ’25 and Sofia Rehrig ’25.
Grace Neuger ’24 ran in the finals for the 60-meter hurdles, finishing the race in 9.79 seconds, which was good enough for sixth place. Logan Vidal ’25 finished second in 2:28.58 for the 800-meter run, while Caroline Tanner ’25 finished fifth at 2:35.76. Ellianne Retzlaff ’25 finished ninth in the 3,000-meter run with a time of 12:26.58. For the field events, Paula Soric ’24, finished second in the triple jump at 10.85 meters.
The Lords finished in ninth, while the Ladies placed eighth. After winter break, the Lords and Ladies will return to compete on Jan. 15 in Wooster, Ohio.