The Waynesburg University men’s track & field team competed at two separate events on Saturday, April 8, at both the Westminster Invitational and the Homon Invitational, which was hosted by the University of Mt. Union.
The throwing portion of Waynesburg’s team performed in Westminster. In the discus, senior Aniello DeStefano took fourth place with a toss of 39.8 meters, and sophomore Blake Feldner placed ninth with a throw of 36.7 meters.
Senior Brandon VanTine’s talents were on display in two different events, as he took seventh place in the shot put with a heave of 13.1 meters, and with a throw of 36.7 meters, VanTine took ninth in the javelin.
At the Homon Invitational, sophomore Jacob Pryor stood out for the Yellow Jackets, taking fourth in the 3,000-meter steeplechase with a time of 10:14. Also in that race, senior Cody Nail placed eighth.
“I was pretty excited about what we did in the steeplechase for sure,” said head coach Jason Falvo. “I thought they ran very good.”
Sophomore Joel Kuzminsky placed 27th in the 1,500-meter run with a time of 4:21. Falvo was impressed with how his younger runners performed as well.
“I think Pryor’s really coming into his own,” said Falvo. “He’s a slow starter, even through cross country and indoor. He’s a very talented kid, and he’s finally got himself in shape, and we’re really seeing some nice things out of him.”
Falvo said that it has not yet been decided what Kuzminsky’s top category will end up being.
“We’re still figuring out what’s going to be Joel’s best event, but he’s definitely putting in the work and running hard,” said Falvo.
Overall, Falvo was pleased with the performance.
“I thought that was arguably the men’s teams best meet of the year,” said Falvo. “I was really excited with how hard they worked, how competitive they ran, and it was really the right time and the right day for them to have a good meet. I was really happy.”
Waynesburg will be competing next Saturday, April 15, in North Canton, Ohio, for the Walsh Invitational. Some schools that will be competing alongside the Jackets include; Bethany, Washington & Jefferson, Malone, Edinboro, John Carrol and Mount Union.
For Falvo, how the team places in these types of tournaments is not as important as improvement.
“We’re just going [to Ohio] to get better,” said Falvo. “I’m not worried about winning or losing the meet. We’re trying to prepare for [the Presidents’ Athletic Conference Championships].”
Overall, Falvo sees plenty of positives to take from this past weekend.
“I think the meet as a whole was a positive,” said Falvo. “I’m really excited about how hard our guys competed and ran and jumped and threw. We need to continue to stay in that vein through practice this week and as we head into the last couple weeks of the regular season. So, I’m excited to see us moving forward.”