CANTON With former Green standout Olga Branney leading the way, the Malone University women’s track and field team placed second at the Great Midwest Athletic Conference outdoor championship meet on Saturday at Cedarville University.
Branney, who captured the G-MAC indoor high jump title in February, completed the season sweep as she set a new G-MAC meet and conference record of 5’5” in the event. Her efforts helped the Pioneers score 196 points as a team, finishing second behind host Cedarville, which swept the men’s and women’s team titles, scoring 219 points on the women’s side to outpace Malone and third-place Ursuline College (175).
Fellow Green alumnus Erika Rector placed fourth in the 800 with a time of 2:18.21 to tally five points as the Pioneers kept on the Yellow Jackets’ heels all meet long. Along with Branney’s winning effort, the women’s team received a record-breaking effort from Michelia Tanner (Miamisburg H.S.) who captured the G-MAC discus title after surpassing the G-MAC meet record with a mark of 135’11” (41.44 meters).
On the men’s side, Green’s contributions continued as former Bulldog Chad Sanner placed fourth in the discus with a top throw of 131’00” and earned five points for his squad. With Sanner and teammates Duke Taylor and Camden Baucke (first and second, respectively) securing three of the top four spots in the event, Malone garnered 23 points in the discus and tallied 218 in the meet.
That wasn’t enough to track down Cedarville, which captured the title with 253 points. It was a two-team race for most of the meet, as third-place Alderson Broaddus finished well off the pace with 101 points. Malone’s effort on the men’s side was also fueled by another strong effort from Ashton Dulin, Duke Taylor and Ja’Vonne Brashears, who swept the conference’s Athlete of the Year Awards for the meet, just as they did at the league’s indoor championship meet in February.
Dulin was named the G-MAC Track Athlete of the Year after breaking the conference’s meet record in the 400-meter hurdles after clocking a winning time of 52.44 seconds and posting runner-up finishes in the 110-meter hurdles (14.63 seconds), 100-meter dash (10.73 seconds) and 200-meter dash (22.28 seconds) on the meet’s first day before winning the long jump competition with a new G-MAC record leap, in the process breaking five G-MAC Championship Meet records over the two days of competition while accounting for a 44 points.