The Blitz Jan. 31, 2018

Katie LaDuke, Staff Reporter

Track and Field:

Oakland visited Saginaw Valley State University on Jan. 27 and 28 for the two-day Jet’s Pizza Invite.

On day one for the women, Mary Moore tossed 51 ft., 9 in. to break her own weight throw record. Angela Ciaravino came in second in the Pentathlon with 3,183 points. Kendell Jefferson qualified first in the 60m (7.67) while Madaline Hall placed fourth in the long jump at 17 ft., 6.75 in.

For the men, Zach Stadnika finished first in the 60m and second in the long jump, shot put and high jump to begin the heptathlon. Napoleon Outlaw qualified second for the 200m (21.91).

On day two, the Golden Grizzlies broke four school records. With 5,182 points, Stadnika broke his own heptathlon school record. Placing third, Jimmie Williams finished the 400m with a mark of 48.31. Jefferson broke the 60m (7.58) and the 200m (24.94) school record to place first and second respectively. In the 400m, Chanel Gardner finished third with a mark of 56.63.

On Feb. 2 and 3, the Black and Gold will travel to the Notre Dame Meyo Invite.

MBB @ Northern Kentucky:

On Friday, Jan. 26, Oakland men’s basketball traveled to Highlands Heights, Ky. to take on Northern Kentucky. The Golden Grizzlies came out on top 83-70.

With 33 points, Kendrick Nunn had his third-straight 30-point performance and ninth of the season. Jalen Hayes added 21 points and seven rebounds while Martez Walker put up 11 points and two steals. Brailen Neely had seven assists with seven points, and Isaiah Brock led players with 10 rebounds.

This was Oakland’s fifth consecutive win.

Swimming and Dive:

Oakland swimming and diving teams hosted Cleveland State on Saturday, Jan. 27.  The men’s and women’s teams came out on top 194-106 and 179.5-120.5, respectively.

Joe Smith came in first in the 3-meter dive with a school record 388.12. Smith also came in first in the 1-meter dive (368.4). Paul Huch had four first place finishes in the 100 freestyle (45.42), 50 freestyle (20.65), was a member of the winning 200 medley relay team (1:30.87) and was a member of the winning 400 freestyle team (3:03.35). Will Gayne finished first in the 100 backstroke (49.43) and in the 200 backstroke (1:49.470.

For the women, Holly placed first in the 50 freestyle (23.31), 200 medley relay (1:43.32) and the 400 freestyle relay (3:30.13). Bernie Turchi came in first in the 1-meter dive with a score of 265.80 and 244.20 in the 3-meter dive.

Oakland will compete at the Horizon League Championship Feb. 21-24 in Cleveland, Ohio.

WBB vs. UDM:

Oakland women’s basketball took on UDM at the O’rena on Saturday, Jan. 27.  The Golden Grizzlies came out with an 83-50 victory.

Leah Somerfield had career-highs with 25 points and 18 rebounds for her fifth double-double of the season. Somerfield also had 10 field goals, three blocks and three steals. Sha’Keya Graves recorded 20 points with four three pointers. Cierra Bond added 15 points while Taylor Gleason had a season-high nine assists with 11 points and three steals. Korrin Taylor also had a season-high four steals and four assists.

Youngstown State will come to the O’rena on Thursday, Feb. 1.

MBB @ Wright State:

For the second road game of the weekend, men’s basketball visited Fairborn, Ohio to face Wright State on Sunday, Jan. 28. Oakland lost 64-51.

Nunn led the offense with 18 points. Hayes added 13 points, eight rebounds, one block and one steal. Walker also added 11 points with six rebounds.

The Black and Gold come back to the Blacktop on Friday, Feb. 2 against University Illinois of Chicago for the annual Winterfest game.