Five MEC Champions Crowned/Two Meet Records Fall as Wheeling Men’s Track & Field Finished Second at MEC Outdoor Track & Field Championships -

Five MEC Champions Crowned/Two Meet Records Fall as Wheeling Men’s Track & Field Finished Second at MEC Outdoor Track & Field Championships

Glenville, W. Va. – After two hard days of competition, the Wheeling University Men’s Track & Field team entered the final day sitting in third place on the 2022 Mountain East Conference (MEC) Outdoor Track & Field Championships leaderboards. The final day saw the team crown five individual MEC Champions and break three MEC Outdoor Championship meet records as they finished second overall with a team score of 139. It was a strong day throughout for the Cardinals and the first champion was crowned from the first event of the afternoon.

The day began with the Men’s 4×100-Meter Relay with Wheeling’s team consisting of Lorenzo Pelham, Jabez Reeves, Brian Vandusen, and Julian Griffin. The team set a new MEC Championship meet record with a time of 41.36 seconds and tied their personal PR that they set back at the Jesse Owens Classic. Three of the four members of the relay team won Individual Championships throughout the day as the Cardinals continued their strong showing. Pelham was the first to win his individual championship, claiming the title in the Men’s 110-Meter Hurdles with a time of 14.78 seconds. Griffin finished right behind him in second place at 14.90 seconds to give the Cardinals the top two spots in the event.

The Cardinals next champion was crowned in the Men’s 400-Meter dash, where TJ Tindal was defending his title from indoor season. The senior had another strong showing at the Outdoor Championships and set a new PR winning the event in 47.75 seconds, running .31 seconds faster than his previous time. The final MEC Champion of the day was sophomore Jabez Reeves, who took home two titles in the 100- and 200-meter dashes. His top performance was in the 200-Meter dash when he set the new MEC Outdoor Championship meet record, running the event in 21.58 seconds. He finished his day with a win in the 100-Meter Dash, where he ran a 10.91 to cap off the day.

After the relay teams took the course at the start of the day, the distance runners were up next as Izaiha Browning competed in the Men’s 1500 Meter. He placed 11th in the conference at 4:11.57 in his first championship event, finishing 14 seconds off the leader’s pace. After the first few MEC Champions were crowned, the Cardinals competed in the 400-Meter Hurdles where Griffin added a sixth-place finish, 58.91 seconds, and Pelham added a seventh-place finish, 60.85 seconds, to their days. The final competitor for the Cardinals was senior Brian Vandusen in the 200-Meter dash, who finished fourth behind Reeves record setting pace with a time of 22.16 seconds.

Overall, the Cardinals crowned seven individual MEC champions across the three-day event and broke three MEC Outdoor Championship meet records during their time at Glenville. They finished in second place in the MEC Outdoor Track & Field Championships for the second year in a row but continue to trend upward on the national scale. Andrew Taylor set the third highest High Jump mark in NCAA Division II this season, while Jabez Reeves and TJ Tindal each hit the NCAA Provisional Marks. The future continues to look bright for the Men’s Track & Field team as they continue to push forward.

The Men’s Track & Field team now looks ahead to seeing which of its athletes gets chosen for the 2022 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field National Championships. This year’s Championship event will run May 26th – May 28th in Allendale, Michigan.

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