Oakland Breaks School Records, Personal Bests at Lyle Bennett Open
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MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. - Andrew Stebbins broke his own school record in the shot put and Niklas Rippon was runner-up in the 110-meter hurdles, while Meaghan Ogonowski finished third in the long jump, as the Oakland men's and women's track and field teams competed at the Lyle Bennett Open, hosted by Central Michigan, at Lyle Bennett Outdoor Track on Saturday.
"There were several personal records and a major school record today so the excitement continues," said head coach Paul Rice. "Andy's (Stebbins) performance in the shot put was the highlight of the day as it could potentially qualify him for NCAA's and it seems like he even has bigger throws to come."
Stebbins broke his own school record by winning the shot put with a mark of 55 feet, 4.25 inches. Rippon finished second in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 15.30 and John Butler earned a runner-up finish in the javelin throw with a mark of 174 feet, 6 inches. Freshman Derrek Williams earned a fifth-place finish in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 56.57.
"Derrek ran a new personal record in the 400-meter hurdles and breaking in the 56's in that event as a freshman is no easy task," added Rice.
For the women, Ogonowski finished third in the long jump with a mark of 16 feet, 5.75 inches and Jennifer Lane earned a sixth-place finish in the high jump with a final jump of 5 feet, 3 inches. In the javelin throw, Kara Lotan finished fifth with a throw of 92 feet, 10 inches, while Serena San Cartier followed her record breaking performance in the 100-meter hurdles with a fourth-place finish in the event with a time of 15.39.
"I was very impressed with the way Jenn (Lane) jumped today setting her season personal best," added Rice. "We are looking forward to our final tune up next week in Ann Arbor and also the warmer weather heading our way."
The Golden Grizzlies will compete in their final event before The Summit League Outdoor Championships next week as they travel to Ann Arbor, Mich. to the Len Paddock Invitational.