BEREA, Ohio – The Baldwin Wallace University men's track and field team and second-year Coordinator of Cross Country and Head Track and Field Coach Matt Cole seek continued success in the 2017 indoor season.
Cole returns 16 letterwinners from last years' squad that finished sixth at the Ohio Athletic Conference Indoor Championships and 13th at the NCAA Indoor Championships a season ago. Cole and his coaching staff brought in nine newcomers that will look to contribute immediately.
"Our goal is to win an OAC Title in 2017," said Cole. "We return just one senior male student-athlete but have a lot of young talent behind him. We have the ability to score big points at the championship meet but we need our letterwinners and underclassmen to all do their part in order to be successful."
The returners are highlighted by sophomore All-American sprinter Jordan Leverette (Cleveland/John Hay) and senior All-OAC vaulter Johnathon Spilker (Solon). Leverette set a BW school-record and finished fourth in the 200-meter dash at the NCAA Indoor Championships with a time of 21.96 seconds. Spilker finished third in the pole vault at the OAC Championships with a career-best vault of 14 feet and nine inches.
BW begins the indoor season on Saturday, January 21 when it travels to Ada for the OAC North Split hosted by Ohio Northern University inside the ONU Sports Center. Field events begin at 11 a.m. and running events start at 12 p.m.
The Yellow Jackets first home meet is the Dr. William Taraschke Classic on January 27 on the Harrison Dillard Track inside the Lou Higgins Center at 4 p.m. BW also hosts the Mid-February Meet on February 10, the Greater Cleveland Championships on February 17 and the OAC Indoor Championships on February 25.
February 25, 2017 Men's Indoor Track and Field Team Finishes Ninth at OAC Championships
February 24, 2017 Men's Indoor Track and Field Sixth On Day One of OAC Championships
February 18, 2017 Men's Indoor Track and Field Competes at Raider Tune Up
February 11, 2017 Men's Indoor Track and Field Places Sixth at All-Ohio Championships
February 10, 2017 Men's Indoor Track and Field Finishes 11th at Mid-February Meet
January 27, 2017 Men's Indoor Track and Field Wins First Ever Taraschke Classic
January 19, 2017 Men's Indoor Track and Field Ready for 2017 Season
January 17, 2017 Track and Field Teams Announce 2017 Schedule
January 12, 2017 Track and Field Teams Picked Sixth in OAC Indoor Coaches Poll
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