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Track and Field Heads to OVC Indoor Championships This Weekend

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Belmont Track and Field teams will travel across town to compete at the 2014 OVC Indoor Track and Field Championships this weekend.  The two-day meet will be held at Tennessee State's Gentry Center.

One year ago, the men finished sixth while the women finished ninth in their first seasons as members of the Ohio Valley Conference.

Fans should look for numerous Bruins to make waves after they posted top-10 marks during the indoor season.  Sophomore Hannah Wittman (Lindenhurst, Ill.), the newly named OVC Indoor Female Track Athlete of the Year, owns the league's best times in the Mile and 3000m.  In the women's 800m, freshman Olivia Hippensteel (Fort Wayne, Ind.) logged the fifth-best time during the season.  In the men's Mile, sophomore Eamonn Kichuk (Unionville, Ont., Canada) and junior Marcus Bridger-Wilkinson (Newbury, England) have the sixth and seventh fastest marks, respectively.  Kichuk also heads into the meet with the fourth-fastest time in the 800m, while junior Eric Kigen (Eldoret, Kenya) owns the eighth-fastest in the same event.  In the 3000m, freshman Maggie Harahan (Greensboro, N.C.) owns the sixth-fastest time while Bridger-Wilkinson also clocked the eighth-fastest.

The men's 4x400m team comes in six seconds off the third-best time in event heading into the Championships.   

In the field events, senior Jilian Linklater (Lake Orion, Mich.) is the OVC's top high jumper coming into the meet.  Junior Clare Sobon (Somerset, N.J.) is tied for the eighth-best shot put mark and 10th in weight throw.  Junior Austin Landis (Victor, Mont.) stands seventh in the weight throw. 

Senior Sarah Wrieden (Middletown, Md.) stands seventh in the Pentathlon.  Senior Tyler Newkirk (Atchison, Kan.) and sophomore Vinny Maniscalco (North Chelmsford, Mass.) stand third and fourth in the Heptathlon, respectively.

Friday's events are set to begin at 9 a.m. with the Pentathlon and Heptathlon.  The first individual events are slated to begin at 2:30 p.m.  Events continue Saturday at 9 a.m. with individual events starting at 11 a.m.  Live scoring will be available.

A complete schedule of events can be found here.