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Lords and Ladies compete in All-Ohio Indoor Championships

Lords and Ladies compete in All-Ohio Indoor Championships

Paula Soric '25 was one of many Kenyon athletes to have a successful meet.

In Westerville, Ohio at the 2022 All-Ohio Indoor Championship, six members of the Lords indoor track and field team competed in the meet, finishing with 11 points. The Ladies, who had 10 athletes competing, finished with 21 points against 10 competitors. 

In a field of 19 throwers, Riley Orth ’24 placed second with a personal record in shot put, collecting eight team points. His throw of 48 feet, 7 ½ inches (14.82 meters) on his fifth attempt topped his previous best by more than a foot. Orth credits the intensity of the meet as motivation.  “The atmosphere and the competitiveness of the meet really allowed me to take my ability to the next level,” Orth said. “I’m really proud of the team and how much work they’ve been putting in, and it showed for this meet.” 

On the track, Tapiwa Gono Phiri ’25 and Angus Soderberg ’22 both placed in individual races. Gono Phiri placed 12th in the 60-meter dash preliminary heats. His time of 7.17 seconds was just .04 seconds off his season best. In the 800-meter race, Soderberg placed 10th with a season-best time of 2:01.14. In the 4×200-meter relay, the team of Gono Phiri, Emmanuel Makelele ’25, Collin Witt ’24 and Charles Atkins ’25 placed ninth with a time of 1:36:23. The final three points came in the 4×400-meter relay, with Gono Phiri, Soderberg, Witt and Makelele placing sixth at 3:35:54. 

Paula Soric ’25 opened the scoring for the Ladies with a second-place finish in the triple jump, with a jump of 36-1 ¾ (11.02 m). Abby McCarty ’22 earned 12th in the long jump. Her jump of 15-11 (4.85 m) was just ahead of Soric, who reached a mark of 15-7 (4.75 m). In the high jump, McCarty earned a 16th place finish with her jump of 4-9 (1.45 m).

The Ladies were more successful on the track. In the 5,000-meter, Ella Wilson ’23 earned a third place finish with a time of 19:06.29. In the 3,000-meter, Emma Becker ’22 took fourth in the 3,000-meter (10:41.50), while teammate Alice Riley ’23 came in shortly behind her and finished in seventh (10:49.50). Davida Harris ’22 (2:27.35) and Logan Vidal ’25 (2:35.28) finished in 11th and 15th place respectively in the 800-meter to close out the individual events. 

The Ladies wrapped up the meet with the 800- and 1,600-meter relays. In the 800-meter relay, a team of Maya Virdell ’24, McCarty, Grace Neuger ’24 and Sierra Smith ’22 took ninth place in 1:55.06. Running in the 1,600-meter relay, Virdell, McCarty, Smith and Vidal earned an 11th place finish (4:27.99).

This Friday, the Lords and Ladies will host the Kenyon Invitational at home against the College of Wooster.

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