The Sporting Blitz: March 27, 2019

Michael Pearce, Sports Editor

Track & Field

Outdoor Track & Field season has begun and the Golden Grizzlies are already setting new records. After two second place finishes in the indoor track season, the team started outdoor competition at the Vertklasse Meet in High Point, N.C.

Jimmie Williams headlined the Golden Grizzlies’ performance with a new personal and school record in the 400m dash with a time of 47.11, which earned him first place. Malcolm McIntyre also competed in the 400m, taking 12th place with a time of 50.10. The men’s sprinting team placed in other events as well, with Napoleon Outlaw recording a sixth place finish in the 100m run with a 10.75 time. Sheldon Drake was right behind him with a 10.77 time, two tenths of a second behind Outlaw, which was good for seventh place.

For the women, Chanel Gardner took sixth place in the 400m with a time of 56.56. She also took 12th place in the 200m with a 26.76 time. Gabby Cyriax placed in the field events for the women as well, placing ninth in the discus event with a 130 ft., 11 in. throw. The men’s 4x100m relay team of Chase Novak, Drake, McIntyre and Outlaw recorded a fourth place finish with a time of 42.12.

Next weekend both teams will travel to North Carolina State University to take place in the Raleigh Relays in Raleigh, N.C..


The baseball team earned their first win of the season on Saturday with a victory against the Youngstown State University Penguins. The Golden Grizzlies were able to defeat their Horizon League opponent in extra innings in the second game of their double header thanks to Drew Demumbrum, who knocked in five runs, including the game-winning double in the 11th inning.

Demumbrum went four of six on the day, hitting a home run as well as a two run single. Oakland trailed 3-2 heading into the seventh inning, and Demumbrum hit his two run single to take the lead. After a wild pitch scored another run, the Golden Grizzlies had a 5-3 lead, which the Penguins quickly erased. After a full day of baseball, the teams went into extra innings tied 5-5, and no one was able to break the tie until Demumbrum stepped back into the batters box.

Austin Sherry closed out the game in the bottom of the 11th inning, recording a win in relief, and Oakland picked up their first regular season and Horizon League win, improving to 1-18 overall and 1-4 in league play.

The next day, the team picked up their second win of the season, 8-0. This shutout win improved the team’s record to 2-18 overall and 2-4 in the Horizon League.

Looking to improve on a two game win streak, the baseball team returns home to face off against the Northern Kentucky Norse for a three game series this weekend, pending weather.