Otterbein sports had a busy first week highlighted by close competition in both men's track and women's basketball.
Men’s track and field competed for the first time in the 2019 season at the Otterbein invitational. In the 60-meter hurdle, Cwinn Febus took first place after finishing in 8.30, a new record for the junior. Brandon Shade finished second with a close 8.32, just two milliseconds short of Febus and four milliseconds short of a personal record (8.29 set in 2017).
Febus continued winning fashion by finishing first in the 200-meter dash in 27.26. Freshman Tyler Boales finished second, and junior Nathan Forney finished third. Forney would later go on to win the 400-meter dash after finishing in 51.50.
Days after a close victory against Wilmington last Wednesday, women’s basketball fell short in an even closer game to Mount Union.
At the end of the first half, Mount Union held a three-point lead over the Cardinals with 34-31.
The third quarter proved a challenge for the Cardinals, as the gap widened with Mount Union holding a 20-point lead with 3:06 left to play in the third quarter. The Cardinals turned their performance around in the fourth quarter by tying the game 63-63 with only 52 seconds left.
Mount Union would hold off the Cardinals effort by edging a 68-65 win. Dani Kissel led Otterbein by scoring more than half of the team's shots with a game-high 35 points.
Men’s track will be in action Saturday at the Dave Lehman Open. Women’s basketball will travel to Ada to take on Ohio Northern at 7 p.m. on Wednesday.