Agbon Edomwonyi '16 and LaDarius Drew '15 Are Winners in Opening Five Meets of Outdoor Season Including Little Three Championships
Hosting the Mini-Meet Invitational to inaugurate both the outdoor season and the first event held on Wesleyan's refurbished Anderson Track, the Cardinals had five top-three finishes led by Agbon Edomwonyi '16 (right side photo). He took the shot-put title with a 47-7 3/4 effort, and added second-place performances in both the hammer throw and the discus. Wesleyan's other two top-three efforts came from LaDarius Drew '15 (left side photo) and Yuon Flemming '15. Drew captured the 400m dash with a :51.34 clocking. Flemming grabbed third in the 400m hurdles.
Wesleyan continued its outdoor season Sat., March 29, venturing to Coast Guard for its invitatonal. There Drew captured top honors in the 100m dash with a :11.25 clocking, just .01 ahead of the second-place finisher. Edomwonyi also had a first in the shot put (47-2 1/2) as he and Drew accounted for 20 of Wesleyan's 35 teams points with their first-place performances. Edonwonyi added second in the discus and seventh in the hammer for another 10 team points. Wesleyan's remaining five team points came from Erik Hall '16 in the javelin (7th), and Evan Bieder '15 (7th) and Will Dudek '17 (8th) in the 1500m. As a team, Wesleyan took ninth among 12 teams in the scored meet.
The Cardinals had another home meet, the Wesleyan Classic Sat., April 5, the second of three on Andersen Track this year. The last one came up Sat., April 12 during the Elmer Swanson Invitational. During the Classic, the Cardinals turned in four top finishes led by Drew with wins in both the 100m and 200m. Edomwonyi won the shot put for the third straight week. Adding to the first-place finishes was Flemming in the 100m hurdles. Flemming also was second in the 400m hurdles. Edomwonyi secured second in the discus and third in the hammer. Taylor Titcomb '16 came in second in the 5k and Hall was third in the javelin, rounding out all of Wesleyan top-three placewinners.
At the Swanson Invite, Edomwonyi was a three-event winner, aking the shot put, hammer and discus. Drew was top dog in the 200m dash and third in the 100m. The Cardinals also had success in the 800m race as Will Dudek '17 grabbed second place and Paul Brauchle '17 was a fraction behind in third. Dudek was nosed out by just .08 seconds at the finish.
Wesleyan was back in a scored meet Sat., April 19, after heading to Amherst for the annual Little Three gathering. Drew proved to be the fastest Little Three sprinter with wins in both the 100m and 200m dashes, times in :10.99 and :21.92, respectively. He also took second in the long jump with a leap just over 21 feet. Edomwonyi was victorious in both the discus and hammer while finishing second in the shot put. Thus, Drew and Edomwonyi combined for 34 of the Cardinals' 82 team points as Wesleyan finished third behind Williams (159) and Amherst (128). Drew is ranked 34th nationally in the 200m. Erik Hall '17 also had a strong showing for the Cardinals, winning the javelin and placing second in the discus.
The Cardinals travel to Colby Sat., April 26 to take part in the annual NESCAC Championships for their next action.