North Coast Athletic Conference Athletes of the Week – Dec. 3
Men's Basketball Athlete of the Week – Jack Davidson, Wabash
Jack Davidson (Fishers, Ind./Hamilton Southeastern) helped Wabash remain unbeaten on the season, improving to 5-0 with wins over Rose-Hulman (77-74), Elmhurst (95-71), and Denison (83-57) during the week. He averaged 20 points over the three games and shot .472 from the field by hitting 17 of 36 field goal attempts. He led the Little Giants with 20 points in the three-point home win over Rose-Hulman and added a team-high 23 points in the conference-opening victory versus Denison by going 3-for-4 from three-point range. Davidson scored 17 points and handed out a season-high six assists in the win against Elmhurst.
Women's Basketball Athlete of the Week – Tia Karras, Ohio Wesleyan
Tia Karras (Bellbrook, Ohio/Miami Valley) tallied 20 points for Ohio Wesleyan at Defiance as the Bishops went on to win 82-62. Against Allegheny, she connected on a pair of 3-pointers during an 11-2 run that put Ohio Wesleyan ahead to stay in the NCAC season opener. The trifectas came on back-to-back possessions and gave Bishops a 24-19 lead. The sophomore finished with a team-high 20 points and shared the team lead with seven rebounds in a 69-63 victory.
Men’s Swimming & Diving Athlete of the Week – David Fitch, Kenyon
Lords sophomore David Fitch (Conway, Mass./Williston Northampton) was part of seven victories for Kenyon during the Total Performance Sports Camp Invitational at Kenyon. He produced the conference’s quickest times of the season in the 50 free (20.30), 100 butterfly (47.74) and the 200 free relay (1:20.83). Additionally, his 47.74 mark in the 100 butterfly broke a school record previously set by Matthew Harris (47.86) on March 19, 2009.
Women’s Swimming & Diving Athlete of the Week – KT Kustritz, Denison
KT Kustritz (St. Paul, Minn./St. Paul College) led her top-ranked Denison squad to a victory at the 2018 Denison Invitational. Swimming against the likes of defending Division III national champion, Emory; Division I Eastern Michigan and Division II Wayne State, Kustritz recorded two “A” cuts, one “B” cut while also swimming on four “B” cut relays. Kustritz won the 100 breaststroke with an “A” cut time of 59.84 and posted a personal best “A” cut time of 2:00.41 to win the 200 IM. Kustritz was also victorious in the 200 breaststroke with a “B” cut time of 2:13.72. In relays, Kustritz was a part of the winning 200 free relay (1:32.81) the second place 400 medley relay (3:42.72) and 200 medley relay (1:41.57) and the third place 400 free relay (3:26.81). All four relays were NCAA “B” cuts. As of Dec. 3, Kustritz owns the nation’s top time in the 100 and 200 breaststroke and the nation’s second-fastest time in the 200 IM.
Men's Indoor Track, Distance/Middle Distance Athlete of the Week – Kenny Mayes, Wittenberg
Wittenberg junior Kenny Mayes (Dublin, Ohio/Scioto) collected a second-place finish in the 800-meter run on Saturday at the Mount Union Toy Drive Invite. Mayes clocked a 2:02.74 time in the 800-meter distance, the quickest time in the conference so far this season. He also helped pick up a second-place finish in the 4x400-meter relay, the Tigers clocked a 3:31.04 time.
Men's Indoor Track, Sprints/Hurdles Athlete of the Week – Quinton Broomfield, Ohio Wesleyan
Ohio Wesleyan senior Quinton Broomfield (Gahanna, Ohio/Lincoln) won the 60-meter hurdles at the Case Western Spartan Holiday Classic. Broomfield notched a 8.57-second time, the best in the confernece so far this season. He also helped the Bishops collect a second-place finish in the 4x400-meter relay, finishing with a time of 3:34.40.
Men's Indoor Field Athlete of the Week – Preston Whaley, Wabash
Wabash freshman Preston Whaley (Fort Worth, Texas/Chissholm) broke the school record with his winning effort in the triple jump at the University of Indianapolis Season Opener Meet on Saturday. He posted a mark of 14.15 meters (46 feet, 5.25 inches) to eclipse the former record of 13.99 meters (45 feet, 11 inches) set by Mo Jagne in 2000. Whaley won the event by 2-1/2 meters over the second-place finisher from the University of Evansville.
Women's Indoor Track, Distance/Middle Distance Athlete of the Week – Abigail Bellows, Oberlin
Abigail Bellows (Richmond, Va./Hermitage) led the Yeowomen in the 3,000-meter event on Saturday at the Case Western Spartan Holiday Classic. The senior completed the race in 11:05.72, capturing gold. After a conversion due to the track size, the time (11:00.07) currently first among conference runners and 33rd in the country.
Women's Indoor Track, Sprints/Hurdles Athlete of the Week – Alexis Walker, Wittenberg
Alexis Walker (Pickerington, Ohio/North) clocked an 8.11-second time in the 60-meter dash at the Mount Union Toy Drive Invite. The time is the best among conference athletes after the opening weekend of the season.
Women's Indoor Field Athlete of the Week – Sarah Voit, Oberlin
Sarah Voit (Cincinnati, OH/Mcauley) won the pole vaulting event for the Yeowomen at the 6th Annual Spartan Classic on Saturday. In her first collegiate meet Voit cleared 10-06.00 on her first attempt to give Oberlin 10 points. The performance ranks Voit tied for the 12th-best mark in Division III after the first weekend of competition.
NCAC Milestones & Records (Nov. 26 - Dec. 2)
DePauw, Women’s Basketball - In DePauw’s 45-42 win over Kenyon, head coach Kris Huffman collected her 600th win in 26 seasons at the helm. With a 600-122 record, she reached the 600-win plateau in just 722 games which is the fifth-fewest games needed by an NCAA women’s basketball coach to accomplish the feat.
Wabash, Track & Field - Freshman Preston Whaley (Fort Worth, Texas/Chisolm) broke the Wabash school record in the triple jump, winning the event at the University of Indianapolis Season Opener Meet Saturday with a distance of 14.15 meters (46 feet, 5.25 inches). That eclipsed the former record of 13.99 meters (45 feet, 11 inches) set by Mo Jagne in 2000.
Oberlin, Swimming & Diving - Oberlin’s Michael Lin (Sugar Land, Texas/William P. Clements) highlighted the Yeomen swimming and diving weekend as he broke his own school records in the 100 and 200-yard breaststroke events. In the 100-yard event, he recorded a time of 56.85 and in the 200-yard breaststroke prelims he clocked in at the 2:05.33 mark.
Kenyon, Swimming & Diving - Lords sophomore David Fitch (Conway, Mass./Williston Northampton) tallied a 47.74 mark in the 100 butterfly that broke a school record previously set by Matthew Harris (47.86) on March 19, 2009.