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Ollio breaks two personal records at Ashland

Stephen Cukovich, Assistant Sports Editor

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Senior thrower JJ Ollio broke two personal records in the shot put and discus events with wins in both events, while in total The Rock racked up 15 Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) qualifying marks, with five NCAA provisional marks.

In the shot put, Ollio had a toss of 17.21 meters, while he threw 51.65 meters in the discus event, both NCAA qualifying marks.  His discuss toss moved him to 18th in the national rankings, while his shot put moved him up to 20th.

Another NCAA mark in the shot put was hit by senior Anderson Novalin with a toss of 16.92 meters, which tied him for third in the event.  The two other NCAA marks came from seniors Jordan Pacheco and Andrew Koksal in the pole vault with clearances of 4.8 meters, earning them both second and third places.

On the track, The Rock continued their dominance in the 4×100 meter relay from junior Collin Darby, sophomore Liam Okal, sophomore Ian Nieves, and freshman Dillon Butz taking the win with a PSAC mark of 41.52 seconds.  In the 100 meter dash, Darby took second place with a time of 11.1 seconds, as Okal took third in the 200 meter dash with a time of 22.21 seconds.

The final PSAC marks came from senior Caleb Smithco who finished with a time of 49.91 seconds in the 400 meter dash taking third place, while junior Josh Rader placed sixth in the 1,500 meter run with a time of 4:03.71.

Up next for the Green and White comes the PSAC Championships that will be held at Slippery Rock with the events to be kicked off on Thursday and wrapped up on Saturday.

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Ollio breaks two personal records at Ashland