*Story by Athletic Communications Student Assistant Adam Knaub
MARIETTA, Ohio - The Wilmington College men's track and field team finished in fourth place at the Marietta Invitational on Saturday. The Fightin' Quakers were the top NCAA Division III team to place at the meet.
Austin Wampler took home eighth place (17.31.66) in the 5,000-meter run while Josh Cyrus scored a sixth-place finish (2:56.30) in the 1,000-meter run. Taton Bertsch and Elliot Phillimore rounded out Wilmington's top performances in distance events with a fifth-place finish (2:06.20) in the 800-meter run and a sixth-place mark in the 500-meter run (1:13.42) respectively.
Adam Knaub represented the Quaker sprints by finishing in seventh place (6.88) in the 55-meter dash. He also teamed up with Philimore, Elorm Dogbey and Aaron Koch to win the 4-x-200-meter relay (1:37.20). Wilmington's 4-x-400-meter relay team of Knaub, Philimore, Bertsch and Koch earned a third-place finish (3:44.38).
In field events, Joe Shuga finished second in the weight throw (46' 8 ¼") and took fourth in the shot put (42' 8"). Andrew Pacifico and Josh Miller finished fourth (42' 0") and fifth (40' 11 ¾") in the weight throw. The marks of both Shuga and Pacifico are Ohio Athletic Conference (OAC) qualifying.
The Quakers take to the track again next Saturday at the Jessica Starks Open.