GENEVA — The University of Findlay’s Justin Welch won the men’s hammer throw to highlight the first day of action at the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference outdoor track and field championships Wednesday at the Spire Institute in Geneva.
Justin Welch earned ten points for the men with his victory in the hammer throw. The junior’s toss of 69.58 meters won by more than four meters and was yet another NCAA Division II automatic qualifying mark for Welch who is ranked No. 1 in the country in the event.
Junior Jacob Miller was busy in the men’s decathlon. His best finish on the first day of competition cam in the 400 meter dash where he finished third with a time of 50.81.
In the women’s meet, junior Kendra Averesch (Leipsic) finished 10th in the hammer throw with a toss of 49.54 meters.
Junior Pam Shoman and sophomore Lydia Guagenti competed on the first day of the heptathlon.
Showman’s best event was in the shot put where she won with her throw of 11 meters. Guagenti’s best finish was in the high jump where she took second with a jump of 1.66 meters.
The meet will continue on Thursday and wrap up on Friday.
Baseball falls to Ashland
The University of Findlay’s baseball team scored four runs in the bottom of the ninth inning against Ashland University on Wednesday, but it wasn’t enough as the Eagles knocked off the Oilers 10-9 in a Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference game.
Austin Walts had four hits, including a double, for Ashland (23-17, 13-12 GLIAC). The Eagles scored four runs, including a two-run home run from Wade Kaido and a two-run single from Kyle Brooks, in the top of the sixth inning to take a 9-1 lead.
Findlay came back with three runs in the bottom of the sixth inning. Reid Rothenbuhler hit an RBI-single and Nick Antonides added a two-run single as well.
Trailing 10-5 entering the ninth inning, Findlay got RBI-singles from Derek Draper and Austin Adams, as well as RBI-doubles from Joe Sickler and Antonides. But the rally fell just short as the Oilers fell to 11-28 overall and 8-21 in the GLIAC.
Rothenbuhler and Draper each had three hits to lead Findlay, while Sickler and Antonides each added two hits and combined for five RBIs.
Ashland 013 014 100 — 10 17 1
Findlay 000 103 104 — 9 14 2
WP — Teachout (1-0). LP — Steele (1-1). top hitters: (Ash) Walts 2B, 3-1B; Brooks 3-1B, 3 RBI; Edwards 2B, 1B, RBI; Kaido HR, 2 RBI. (Fin) Rothenbuhler 2B, 2-1B, 2 RBI; Draper 3-1B, RBI; Antonides 2B, 1B, 3 RBI; Sickler 2B, 1B, 2 RBI.
records: Ashland 23-17, 13-12 GLIAC. Findlay 11-28, 8-21 GLIAC.