CHESTER, Pa. - Freshman Ritchie Case took first overall and set a school record with 5939 points in the decathlon at the Middle Atlantic Conference Championships, hosted by Widener. Case, whose score is currently tops in the Mideast region, won four of the events (100, long jump, high jump and 400m dash) and took second place in two (shot put, 110m hurdles). The win also earned Case a spot on the All-MAC First Team.
Sophomore Gabe Madro took sixth in the decathlon with a personal-best score of 4919.
Sophomore Patrick Watson set another school record in the 3000m steeplechase with a time of 9:40.05, which gave him second overall and second team honors. Junior Jackson Morrow clocked a personal-best time of 9:50.12 to take fourth overall, while sophomore Nikita Kulick placed eighth with a 10:03.77.
Freshman Dimeon Wright broke his own school record in the long jump with a leap of 7.03 meters, earning him third place and third team honors. Wright's jump moves him into the top 10 in the region. Case placed seventh with a 6.64, while freshman Clement Onyebadi took eighth with a personal-best jump of 6.55. Onyebadi also placed seventh in the high jump with a height of 1.90 meters.
Junior Kendall Belser was the top qualifier and put up personal best times in both the 100 and 200 meter preliminaries. Belser clocked a 10.89 (fourth in region) in the 100, while running a 21.79 (fourth in the region) in the 200. Also qualifying for the 100 finals were freshman Dereck Davis and juniors Matt Riggins, Malcolm Hayward and Morgan Cheatham, who ran times of 10.97, 11.00, 11.06 and 11.10, respectively. Davis, Hayward and Cheatham's times were personal bests. In the 200 prelims, Cheatham, Davis and junior Josh Mitchell qualified for the finals with times of 22.37, 22.43 (PR) and 22.46 (PR).
In the 4x100 preliminaries, sophomore Aaron Holliday, Belser, Riggins and Davis qualified first overall with a time of 41.72 seconds, which is currently fastest in the region and 11th in Division III.
The Mustangs had three athletes qualify for the 400m dash finals. Junior Vladhimir Theophile, sophomore Iddriss Iddriss and junior Avery Wood clocked times of 50.54, 50.83 and 51.40 (PR) to qualify for Saturday's final. Iddriss also qualified for the 800 meter final with a time of 1:56.31.
The Mustangs currently sit at second place in the team standings with 58 points, while Messiah leads with 63.
The third and final day of competition takes place on Saturday, May 4.