Men’s T&F start outdoor season off strong at Bethany

The Waynesburg University men’s outdoor track and field team had their first meet of the season, placing third out of 13 teams. 

The team placed 11 athletes in the top five of their respective events, with one of those athletes breaking a program record. 

“It was definitely a good feeling getting the 1500m record,” graduate athlete Quintin Weaver said. “I was disappointed with that second-place finish though.” 

Weaver broke the 1500m by 1.76 seconds, a record held by Adam Swingle since 2008. Weaver also placed himself in the top 10 all-time for the 800m with a time of 1:58.69, taking third-place  at the meet.  

After a successful indoor season, Weaver looks to transition into the outdoor season smoothly.  

“Going into outdoor, the biggest adjustment is preparing for the weather,” Weaver said. “It could be cold, raining, or hot and sunny. Also, the wind is a big factor.” 

The Yellow Jackets that earned fifth place in their events were John Stewart in the discus throw, Ty Williams in the 110m hurdles and Matthew Shank in the 3,000m steeplechase.  

Jacob Harker placed fourth place in the discus throw, and Kai Herbert took home a fourth-place finish in the high jump. 

Herbert also placed third in the 4x100m relay team with Zach Berrott, Ethan Best, and Isaiah Mathews. Mathews earned his own third-place finish in the 100m dash. 

To round out Waynesburg’s placements, Kyle Casella and Andrew Kasper earned second in their respective events. Casella did the 400m hurdles and Kasper the 5,000m.  

That 5,000m event is the main focus for Weaver as the team will travel to West Virginia University for the Stan Romanoski Open.  

“This is an event I don’t typically run,” Weaver said when speaking on the aforementioned event. “I am chasing a time for a personal record, and it will be good for strength training.” 

The Stan Romanoski Open is set to begin on Saturday at 10 a.m. with the men’s discus.