Williamsburg, Ky. – Shawnee State men's and women's track and field both finished in fourth place at the Mid-South Conference Championships over the weekend.
Shawnee State's men saw a program first as Caleb Kennelly won a field event, the first field event champion in SSU history. Kennelly won the pole vault, logging a height of 12 feet 11.5 inches to take home the championship. Shawnee State's men would also have a championship in the 4x800 meter relay, as the team of Adrian Ross (JR/Chillicothe, Ohio), Ethan Richter (JR/Chillicothe, Ohio), Parker Blain (JR/Marietta, Ohio), and Seth Farmer (SO/Waverly, Ohio) finished 0.3 seconds ahead of second place Lindsey Wilson.
SSU's men also had several individual champions. Blain would finish first in the 3000-meter steeplechase, with a time of 9:55.71. Owen Reeher (FR/Kinsman, Ohio) would win the 10,000-meter run, logging a time of 33:22.58 to beat the second place finisher by over 20 seconds. Farmer would be the champion of the 1500-meter run, completing the race in 4:00.33.
Shawnee State's women would also finish in fourth place overall at the MSC Championships. Brooke Smith (SO/Wheelersburg, OH) would take home the conference championship in the 1500-meter run, with a time of 4:54.46. Alyssa Taylor (SO/Georgetown, OH) and Anna Havranek (JR/Sugarcreek, Ohio) would finish second and third respectively in this race.
Havranek would continue her excellent weekend by winning the 5000-meter and 10,000-meter runs. Havranek finished the 5k in 19:09.45 and the 10k in 39:26.53. Megan Ashton (SR/Proctorville, OH) would be SSU's final individual champion, winning the 3000-meter steeplechase in 12:02.78. SSU's 4x800 meter relay team of Brooke Smith, Ashley Hackworth (FR/West Union, OH), Lindsey Krause (FR/Pickaway County, OH) and Alyssa Taylor would also win that event, finishing in 9:56.47, 18 seconds ahead of second place Cumberland (Tenn.).
Shawnee State track and field will continue their season on May 12th when they go to the Baldwin Wallace Last Chance Meet.