Bojang, Ellis Pace Spartans to Victory at UD Invite
Apr 24, 2016
DUBUQUE, Iowa – The University of Dubuque men's track and field team won their very own UD Invite on Senior Day behind wins from senior Kebba Bojang in the triple jump (13.92m/45-8) and freshman Isaiah Ellis in the 100m (10.92) and 200m (22.58) as the pair paced a total of seven total victories.
The Spartans outlasted the field with 174 points, a mere five points ahead of the field. Loras (169 points) placed runner-up with Cornell (75) a distant third-place.
Payton Nevills, Isaac Hernandez, David Ploenzke, Tyler Peugh, Jon Berland, Alex Schlueter, and Mario-John Otchere were honored mid-meet as they represented the Spartan senior class.
Four of the seniors took home victories with Bojang in his first outdoor triple jump of season, Schlueter in the pole vault (4.15m/13-7.25), Nevills in his second career outdoor 1500m win (4:14.59), and Berland in his first career 3000m steeplechase (10:18.04).
Ellis took home the first victories of his outdoor career and saw teammate Najee Toomer claim a runner up finish in the 100m (10.95). Ellis and Toomer teamed up with Marcus Weathers, Jr. and Clayton Gray en route to the 4x100m relay victory (42.28) as well.
The Spartans posted runner-up finishes from Jeremy Lawson in the high jump (1.95m/6-4.75), Kortez Pickett in the long jump (6.53m/21-5.25), Blaze Murfin in the discus (46.89m/153-10), and the 4x400m relay team of Izaiah Lavatai, Blake Worth, Tyler Miller, and Aaron Ofosu (3:23.63).
The Spartans head to Simpson’s Kip Janvrin Open this Thursday-Friday, April 28-29 with qualified relays heading to the Drake Relays on April 29-30.
***Sophomore Alec Bass finished 24th in the 1500m (3:56.43) at the UW-La Crosse Phil Esten Challenge on Friday and was the lone Spartan to compete. His time set a new school record and currently sits second in the Iowa Conference.
1) UD 174
2) Loras 169
3) Cornell 75
4) Beloit 62
4) William Penn 62
6) Culver-Stockton 49
7) Knox 39
8) Clarke 33
9) Ashford 27
10) Rockford 4
UD Men's Top Finishers
100m – 1st Ellis (10.92), 2nd Toomer (10.95)
200m – 1st Ellis (22.58)
400m – 3rd Lavatai (51.14), 4th Worth (51.44)
800m – 6th Klose (1:57.42)
1500m – 1st Nevills (4:14.59)
5000m – None
100m H – 5th Gray (16.60)
400m H – 6th Mentzer (1:03.60)
3000m Steeplechase – 1st Berland (10:18.04)
HJ – 2nd Lawson (1.95m/6-4.75)
PV – 1st Schlueter (4.15m/13-7.25)
LJ – 2nd Pickett (6.53m/21-5.25)
TJ – 1st Bojang (13.92m/45-8)
SP - 3rd Murfin (14.36m/47-1.5)
Discus - 2nd Murfin (46.89m/153-10)
HT - 3rd Murfin (48.28m/158-5)
Javelin - 3rd Worth (44.45m/145-10)
4x100m relay – 1st Weathers, Jr., Gray, Toomer, Ellis (42.28)
4x400m relay – 2nd Lavatai, Worth, Miller, Ofosu (3:23.63)