CHARLESTON, Ill. – The Belmont University men's track and field team amassed 41 points and sits in third place after Day 1 of the Ohio Valley Conference Indoor Championships on Friday at Eastern Illinois's Lantz Fieldhouse.
Junior Ryan Lipe (Franklin, Tenn.) took silver in his first pole vault competition of the weekend. His personal-record leap of 4.10 meters (13-5.25) earned him eight team points. He'll compete in the heptathlon pole vault Saturday as well.
All four Bruins entered in the weight throw set personal records, though only junior Stephen Gibson (Tuscola, Ill.) sneaked into the point placers. His third-place throw traveled 18.37 meters (60-3.25) and garnered Belmont six team points.
Junior Corey Claiborne (Alpharetta, Ga.) fell just outside the points in ninth with a throw of 15.60 meters (51-2.25).
Lipe and sophomore Drake Mitchell (Nashville, Tenn.) both remain within striking distance through the first four events of the heptathlon. Mitchell is second with 2,778 total points and Lipe fourth with 2,589 while both trail Yoshua Reed of Eastern Kentucky at 2,980.
Mitchell posted the second-best long jump (6.55 meters), shot put (11.58 meters) and high jump (1.94 meters) marks among multi-event competitors. Lipe had the best overall long jump, a personal record of 6.73 meters, but fell off the pace in the other events.
Junior Kaleb McLeod (Soperton, Ga.) and senior Kaden Eaton (Columbus, Ind.) ran to third and fourth in the 5,000 meters in times of 14:59.47 and 15:02.52. They garnered six and five team points respectively.
A trio of Bruins blazed through the preliminaries of their events to lock down top seeds for Saturday's finals, led by senior hurdler Caleb Corprew (Midwest City, Okla.). Corprew broke his own school record in the 60-meter hurdles to finish first in 8.12 seconds, 0.05 seconds faster than the time he ran at the OVC Indoor Championships last year when he nabbed bronze.
"My time was a personal best, but I can still feel room for improvement, which is exciting going into tomorrow," Corprew said. "Hopefully tomorrow I can come away with a win en route to the team having a big day."
Junior Nate Nammour (Tampa, Fla) ran to first in the prelims of the 400 meters in 49.98 seconds and junior Ben Weisel (Nashville, Tenn.) surprised with his top performance in the 800 prelims. Weisel had the 12th-best time among entries during the regular season before running a 1:55.67 to outpace everyone.
Corprew will have to wait until Saturday's finals to try and score points in the hurdles, but he did add to Belmont's haul in the high jump. Competing in his first high jump event of his college career, Corprew cleared 1.96 meters (6-5) to take fourth and earn five points.
Mitchell also jumped 1.96 meters, a personal best, but did so on his second attempt and placed sixth to earn three points.
The Bruins also picked up eight points in the 4000-meter distance medley relay (DMR) with a second-place finish.
Day 2 of the OVC Indoor Championships resumes at 9 a.m. Saturday.
- Eastern Kentucky 59
- Eastern Illinois 43
- Belmont 41
- SIUE 36
- SE Missouri 36
- Tennessee St. 12
- Tennessee-Martin 3
Heptathlon (4 of 7 events)
2. Drake Mitchell, so. — 2,778 points
(60: 7.42*, 3rd; LJ: 6.55m, 2nd; SP: 11.58m*, 2nd; HJ: 1.94m, 2nd)
4. Ryan Lipe, jr. — 2,589 points
(60: 7.33*, 3rd; LJ: 6.73m*, 1st; SP: 10.26m, 5th; HJ: 1.73m, 5th)
2. Ryan Lipe, jr. — 4.10m (13-5.25)*
4. Caleb Corprew, sr. — 1.96m (6-5)*
6. Drake Mitchell, so. — 1.96m (6-5)*
3. Stephen Gibson, jr. — 18.37m (61-3)*
9. Corey Claiborne, jr. — 15.60m (51-2.25)*
10. Cal Widener, fr. — 15.14m (49-8.25)*
13. Ryan Sheldon, fr. — 13.79m (45-3)*
3. Kaleb McLeod, jr. — 14.59.37
4. Kaden Eaton, sr. — 15:02.52
13. Seth Randall, so. — 7.19
13. Seth Randall, so. — 23.28
1. Nate Nammour, jr. — 49.98
1. Ben Weisel, jr. 1:55.67
60 hurdles prelims
1. Caleb Corprew, sr. — 8.12*^
8. Ryan Lipe, jr. — 8.57
9. Alex Miller, so. — 8.59
13. Drake Mitchell, so. — 8.81