The nationally ranked University of Akron sent track athletes to two different invitationals this weekend.
At the Spire D1 Invitational in Geneva, Zips distance runners Kyle Cochrun and Clayton Murphy set new school marks in the 3K and the mile, respectively. Murphy edged out University of Guelph’s Ross Proudfoot by six-tenths of a second to win the mile with a time of 4:02.04, which easily improved on his mark of 4:05.18 established at the Akron Invitational last weekend.
Daziah Green, Skyler Willis, Mycah Mason and Desiree Garland broke their own record in the 1,600-meter relay with a time of 3:46.09.
In the field, Alexis Cooks inched closer to Stevi Large’s all-time record (55 feet, 1½ inches) in the women’s shot put with a winning, personal-record toss of 53-1¾. Daryl Baptiste took first place in the men’s long jump with a mark of 24-6½.
In Albuquerque at the Don Kirby Invitational, Annika Roloff, who entered the competition as the No. 2 women’s pole vaulter in the country, was the top collegiate finisher at 13-9¾. The German transfer also qualified for the finals in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 8.66.
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• Kent State’s men’s and women’s indoor teams finished second Saturday to host Purdue at the Fred Wilt Boilermaker Invitational in West Lafayette, Ind. Kent’s William Barnes won the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 7.88 seconds. In the women’s 60-meter hurdles, Ann Marie Duffus won the event with in 8.32 seconds.
• Mount Union’s women’s indoor team won its third consecutive All-Ohio Championships team title Saturday at Otterbein University in Westerville. The Purple Raiders amassed 132.5 points which placed them 39.5 points ahead of second-place Ohio Wesleyan (93). Wooster finished 18th.
Late Friday night, Kent State went ahead 1-0 early over the host University of Arizona, but it did not last long as the Wildcats (1-0) spoiled the season opener and the debut of coach Jeff Duncan with a 13-1 win.
The Golden Flashes struck first in the top of the third when Justin Wagler singled, Jon Wilson reached on a fielder’s choice and Alex Miklos brought him home on a two-out triple.
Arizona responded with a tying run in the third. It added seven runs in the fourth and one more in the bottom of the fifth, sixth and seventh innings.
Mount Union, ranked 10th, beat visiting Baldwin Wallace 26-18 in an Ohio Athletic Conference dual match Saturday. Seniors Tyler Johnston at 149 pounds and Nick Rajscak (Stow) at 197, in their final home match of the season, recorded wins for the Purple Raiders (11-5, 3-1).
At the Ohio Athletic Conference Swimming and Diving Championships at the University of Akron’s Ocasek Natatorium, Ohio Northern, Mount Union and John Carroll finished 1-2-3 in the men’s and women’s team rankings.