Feb. 25, 2012
COLLEGEVILLE, PA - Sophomore Alex Jebb won the long jump and the triple jump at the 2012 Centennial Conference Indoor Track and Field Championship to help Johns Hopkins to a runner-up finish. Jebb earned Most Outstanding Field Performer honors with his two titles to become the first JHU athlete to earn the honor at the CC Indoor Championship since Adam Waddell in 2008. The Blue Jays earned 132 points to finish in second at the championship, their highest finish in program history, besting a third-place finish in 2008. Haverford claimed the title with 161 points, while Dickinson finished in third with 113.50 points.
The dynamic duo of Jebb and freshman Michael Spadaro took first and second in the triple jump to earn 18 points for the Blue Jays. Jebb jumped 13.80 meters, just under his season best height of 13.90 meters, while Spadaro posted a height of 13.71 meters. Freshman Brendan Evans (12.97 meters) and sophomore Jonathan Lee (12.94 meters) rounded out the scoring in the triple jump with sixth and seventh place finishes, respectively. Jebb also won the long with a leap of 6.62 meters, a season-best, to best Dickinson's Archie Odenyo by a half a meter. Freshman Alex Naticchia placed fifth with a leap of 6.36 meters, while Evans (8th / 6.09 meters) and Spadaro (9th / 6.06 meters) rounded out JHU's top 10 finishers.
Freshman Ryan Walsh took gold in the high jump with a height of 1.90 meters, while senior Luke Sand took fourth in the shot put with a distance of 13.74 meters. Freshman Paul Vozzo claimed Hopkins' fourth individual title as he won the pole vault with a height of 4.10 meters. Spadaro finished in fourth (3.80 meters) while freshman Pat Civetta (3.65 meters) finished in seventh to round out the Blue Jays' scorers.
Hopkins also got medal finishes from the 4x200-meter relay, 4x400-meter relay, 4x800-meter relay and distance medley relay teams. The 4x200 team placed third with a time of 1:32.89, just missing out on silver by nine one-hundredths of a second. Junior Rob Martin, Naticchia, junior Tobe Madu, and Spadaro ran the relay for the Blue Jays. The 4x400 team also took home bronze, finishing with a time of 3:28.50 for Martin, Naticchia, senior Jacob Kramer and Madu. Hopkins earned silver in the 4x800 relay as freshman John Corbett, sophomore Wes Butler, junior Ben Press and sophomore Andrew Carey combined for a time of 8:02.19. Corbett and sophomores Jared Beekman, Steve Hyland and Robert Ferris finished in 10:38.95 for a bronze medal.
Kramer took home an individual medal as well, placing second in the 60-meter hurdles with a season-best time of 8.68. Walsh placed eighth with a time 9.47. Martin earned a bronze in the 400-meter dash as he crossed in 50.89, a season-best time. In the 800-meter run, Carey earned bronze with a time of 1:57.04, while Press placed fifth in 1:57.64. Madu placed fourth in the 60-meter dash as he crossed the finish line in a season-best 7.19 and just missed out on a podium finish by one one-hundredth of a second.
Naticchia placed sixth in the 200-meter dash with a time of 23.27, followed by Martin in seventh in 23.39. Sophomore Max Robinson took eighth in the 5,000-meter run in a heavily Haverford-dominated race. Robinson crossed the line at 15:01.48 as the Fords placed six runners in the top eight of the event. Butler finished just out of the scoring with a ninth-place finish in the one-mile run with a time of 4:32.19. While Robinson placed 12th in the 3,000-meter run as he crossed the line in 8:53.17.