EDINBORO — It seems like only yesterday that former Dansville Mustangs track & field stand out Jacob Wadsworth won a New York State title.
That honor has never deterred the now Alfred State Pioneer athlete from a hard work ethic to excel at the collegiate level also. Wadsworth has done very well as a member of the blue & gold, but on Saturday he reached new heights and established a new Pioneer mark in the heptathlon by taking a second-place finish at the prestigious Mike Kowal Invitational at Edinboro.
The 4,564 points amassed by Wadsworth in the seven events broke a 2013 mark of 4,441 previously set by Travis Nagle. Wadsworth's performance eclipsed his collegiate best from his freshman year of 4.439. He is now the second-ranked multi-athlete in N.C.A.A.-Division III.
In the second day of competition Wadsworth scored 817 points in the 1,000 after a run of 2:45.13. In the 60 hurdles he added another 644 points with a run of 9:48. Alfred State Sports Information Director Paul Welker noted that the Mike Kowal heptathlon featured nine competitors, as Wadsworth was the top NCAA Division III athlete.
The Pioneers wrap up the 2019 part of their season on Friday night at Houghton College.