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Men's Outdoor Track & Field - Sat, May 6, 2017

Michael Ohioze wanted to leave a mark on the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference.

The 9-time NAIA All-American did just that, leading the Fighting Bees to a second place finish at the CCAC Championships and earning his second straight conference Athlete of the Year award.

Ohioze won the long jump, 200m, 400m and anchored the 4x400 relay to victory. His 200m time of 21.28 broke the conference record. He also earned All-CCAC honors in the 4x100m relay where the men finished third.

He was joined on the 4x100m relay by Isaiah Mosher, Denni's Fontenot and Jack Reemtsma. The Bees got two other individual victories in the meet from Reemtsma in the 110m hurdles and national champion Anthony Peters in the 5000m Race Walk.

Peters time of 20:13.27 was less than 50 seconds away from the American Record in the event.

On the winning 4x400m relay with Ohioze were Fontenot and All-Americans Matt Ferris and Rane Nichols.

In total, 12 Bees earned All-CCAC honors with Moser picking up the honor in the 100m and the long jump, Reemtsma tacked on runner-up finishes in the 400m and 400m hurdles, Jonah Niedermeier in the steeplechase and the racewalkers swept the podium as All-American Emilio Mancha was runner-up and Casey Gerczak took third.

In the field events, All-American Cole Connell had a pair of podium finishes, earning bronze in the pole vault and high jump, while Alex Goeller took home silver in the discus.

The Bees scored 199 points, trailing only St. Francis (223) while beating the only champion the league has ever known, Olivet Nazarene (181).

"This was a very exciting weekend," SAU head coach Dan Tomlin said. "Once again, our men didn't disappoint and put together a performance that we'll be talking about for a long time.

"Our league has some of the best athletes and best coaches in the country and it takes everything we've got to achieve what we did."

In regards to Ohioze, Tomlin was almost at a loss for words.

"What can you say, the kid can just do everything. What a role model," Tomlin said. "It's not just his athletic ability, it's the way he carries himself. He's a leader and someone who will be impossible to replace."

Already a 9-time All-American, Ohioze will get the chance to add to his collection at the end of the month when the Bees head down to Gulf Shores for the National Championship.

As part of the CCAC Championships, the conference announced its all-academic team. Eight Bees - Alex Bala, Grant Colborn, A.J. Engelsen, Reid Henry, Brian Santino, Nick Scobee, Matt Svoboda and Austin Williams - were recognized for their work in the classroom.