Tuesday, January 17th, 2017

Former Gananda Athlete wins Hammer Throw

Three Gators have been named North Coast Athletic Conference Track & Field Athletes of the Week.

The conference announced that junior throwers Michael Petro and Lexi Mochan have been named the league’s Field Athletes of the Week, while sophomore Ben Plohr was tabbed men’s Distance Runner of the Week for action between Mar. 24-30th.

Petro (Bolivar, Pa./Ligonier Valley) took first in the hammer throw at the CMU Invite, with a toss of 54.60 meters.  The longest throw by an NCAC athlete this season, and seventh-longest in NCAA Division III, it broke a seven-year old program record, while it was also the longest throw in the event’s history.  Petro, who was previously a Second Team All-NCAC performer in the weight throw at the 2014 conference indoor championships, now owns three of the top five performances in the hammer in Allegheny program history.

Mochan (Walworth, N.Y./Gananda) won the women’s hammer throw at CMU, with a career-best toss of 46.94 meters.  It broke her own CMU Mini-Invite record, previously set in 2013, while it was also the second longest throw in team history.  Like Petro, Mochan has had an impressive junior campaign for the Blue and Gold, finishing second at the NCAC Indoor Championships in the weight throw, and now holds two of the top four hammer throw performances in team history.

Plohr (Penobscot, Maine/George Stevens Academy) had a hand in two victories for the Gators at Carnegie Mellon, as he finished first in the 800 meter run before teaming with Nelson Hansen, Tom DeAscentis, and Mack Price to finish first in the 4×400 relay.  The defending NCAC indoor and outdoor champion in the 800, Plohr crossed the finish line in a career-best time of 1:53.77, the fastest performance by a conference runner this season, and the fifth best time recorded in by an NCAA Division III runner in 2014.