HILLSDALE, Mich. — It was a banner day for Ohio Dominican's track & field program, which saw student-athletes earn a total of 10 podium finishes, with Justin Carroll (Berea, Ohio), Draven Bass (Circleville, Ohio) and the men's 4x100 and 4x400 meter relay teams becoming the first conference champions in program history at the Great Midwest Athletic Conference Outdoor Championships.
Carroll had a record-breaking run in the men's 800, using a time of 1:50.24 to break the conference and school records in the 800 to finish in first place. His time is the 14th-fastest in NCAA Division II, with the top 20 times at the conclusion of the regular season (May 13) qualifying for the NCAA Division II Outdoor Track and Field Championships.
The men's 4x100 and 4x400 meter relay teams became the first in ODU track and field history to bring home gold at a conference meet. With a conference and school record time of 42.21, the men's 4x100 quartet of Cam Brandon (Cleveland, Ohio), Avery Sumpter (Lima, Ohio), Bass and Amir Metts (Cincinnati, Ohio) took top conference honors. The men's 4x400 team of Metts, Bass, Chad Ellis (Brook Park, Ohio) and Carroll recorded a conference and school record time of 3:16.01 to also finish first.
Bass joins Carroll as the first conference champions in program history in individual events after hitting an NCAA Division II provisional mark of 52.96 in the men's 400 meter hurdles to take first place in the Great Midwest. His time is tied for the 25th-fastest in NCAA Division II this season.
Recording two podium finishes in the 100 and 200 was Metts, who finished in second place in both events. He recorded sprints of 10.76 in the 100 and 21.74 in the 200, both personal bests.
Also recording a personal best en route to a second place finish was Brandon, who finished in 14.86 to notch the second-fastest time in the conference.
Finishing second in the conference in the men's pole vault was Alex Botello (Hilliard, Ohio), who cleared a mark of 4.20 meters.
Sumpter also recorded a podium finish in the 100, recording the third-fastest sprint in the Great Midwest at 11.10.
Finishing third in the women's high jump was Megan Tamasovich (Canal Winchester, Ohio), who cleared a top height of 1.62 meters. She took second place in the high jump at the G-MAC Indoor Championships.
Overall, Ohio Dominican finished sixth out of 12 in the men's standings with 73.50 points, with the women finishing in 10th after accruing 14.50 points.
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