It's Championship Time

It's Championship Time

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Belmont University men's track and field team will look to cap off a successful indoor season at the 2017 Ohio Valley Conference Indoor Championship Feb. 24-25 in Charleston, Ill.

The meet, hosted by Eastern Illinois University, will be the final meet of the 2017 indoor season for the Bruins. 

The meet will begin Friday at 9 a.m. at Lantz Fieldhouse with pentathlon and heptathlon events. Saturday, action will start at 9 a.m. with the remainder of the heptathlon events.

Eastern Illinois, Eastern Kentucky, Southeast Missouri, SIUE, Tennessee State, and UT Martin all have athletes competing.

The Bruins have competed in five meets this indoor season boasting a first place team finish at the Thundering Herd Invitational in Huntington, W. Va.

Nine Belmont athletes hold top five conference indoor performances in their respective events this season. 

The 400m dash looks to be an exciting event for the Bruins this weekend. Junior Nathan Nammour (Tampa. Fla.) is sitting with the fourth-fastest conference time while freshman Ryan Teague (Double Oak, Texas) sits in the fifth place spot.

Sophomore Ben Weisel (Nashville, Tenn.) has the second best conference time in the mile run with a time of 4:10.58 while junior Caleb Corprew (Midwest City, Okla.) enters the meet with the fourth-best conference time in the 60m hurdles.

The Belmont relay teams have continued to improve throughout the season. Both the 4X400 and distance medley teams broke school records last time out at the Music City Challenge. With these performances, the 4x400 team has the second best conference time at 3:17.05 while the distance medley team has a conference-best time of 10:01.12.

Belmont's squad has also found great success on the field this season. In the pole vault, sophomore Braden Carei (Uniontown, Pa.) has the OVC's second best jump of the season at a height of 4.60 meters.  

Senior Del McSpadden (Brentwood, Tenn.) has had a phenomenal season in the weight throw.  McSpadden placed first in the event at both the Vanderbilt Indoor Opener and the Thundering Herd Invitational. He currently stands atop the conference leaderboard with a throw of 18.11 meters.

Junior Ryan Lipe (Franklin, Tenn.) completed an impressive competition in the heptathlon at the Thundering Herd Invitational. His combined score of 4541 was enough to give him the victory in Huntington, W. Va. and gives him the best score the conference has seen this season heading into the championship meet.

Both days of action will be broadcast online on the OVC Digital Network.

For a full meet schedule head here.

To follow live results head here.

To watch on Friday head here.

To watch on Saturday head here.