Men’s indoor track and team places seventh at Bob Shannon Invitational

The Waynesburg University Men’s indoor track and field traveled to Denison University to participate in the Bob Shannon Invitational. The team finished seventh out of nine teams, but the distance medley relay team made program history. 

“We all had a pretty good idea of what it would take,” senior captain Andrew Kasper said. “I think the four of us knew we had a good shot at the record.” 

Kasper, Quintin Weaver, Aaron Sanders and Kyle Cassell were the four runners that broke the six-year-old record. Weaver led the team off on the first leg of the distance medley relay running the 1200 meter. 

“I wanted to put our team in a good position to start,” Weaver said. 

After Weaver completed the 1200 meter, Casella received the baton as the second leg of the distance medley relay running the 400 meter. 

“I felt as if I put myself and our team in a good position,” Casella said. “To win the race and break the record.” 

The baton went from the freshman Casella to sophomore Sanders who ran the 800 meter, the third leg. He recognized how great of a start Weaver got and wanted to make sure they ended strong. 

“I knew that he [Weaver] gout out quick for the first leg,” Sanders said. “I wanted to be able to do the same for Andrew.” 

Kasper ran the final leg of the distance medley relay, the longest leg of the relay, the 1600 meter. Kasper has been a member of the indoor track and field team for four years and serves as a team captain.  

“Achievements are great and all, but what made today special was the guys on our relay,” Kasper said. 

Weaver, Casella, Sanders and Kasper ran 10:51.98, a time that beat the 2018 record by 12 seconds. 

The Yellow Jackets men’s indoor track and field team will be back in action Friday, Feb. 9 at the Ohio Wesleyan Open.