NCAC Weekly Newsletter & Athletes of the Week - 2/11

NCAC Weekly Newsletter & Athletes of the Week - 2/11

NCAC Weekly Newsletter - Feb. 11

North Coast Athletic Conference Athletes of the Week 

Men's Basketball Athlete of the Week – Joshua Friedkin, Oberlin

Joshua Friedkin (Emeryville, Calif./Albany) played a large roll in a pair of Oberlin victories this past week to keep the Yeomen’s hopes alive for a potential home NCAC Tournament game. In a 95-94 triple-overtime victory at Allegheny, he hit an off-balance one-footed jumper with 2.3 seconds to go to put the Yeomen out in front by two, 95-93. Friedkin scored 14 of his team-high 25 points in the overtime periods, going 5-of-7 from the floor and 2-of-2 at the free throw line. He followed that performance by posting his first-career double-double in a commanding 90-61 win over Hiram with 15 points and a career-high 10 assists. For the week, he averaged 20 points and 6.5 assists per game while shooting 45.5 percent from the floor.

Women's Basketball Athlete of the Week – Olivia Canning, Oberlin

Olivia Canning (Sudbury, Mass./Lincoln Sudbury) became the ninth player in program history to score 1,000 points, doing so in historic fashion in a 52-22 win over Allegheny. Canning posted her first-career triple-double with 12 points, 15 rebounds, and 10 blocks in 31 minutes of work. The center followed with her sixth double-double of the year collecting 12 points and 12 rebounds, while adding five blocks along the way to celebrating her senior day with a 78-60 win over Hiram. For the week, she averaged 12 points, 13.5 rebounds, and 7.5 blocks per game.

Men's Indoor Track, Distance/Middle Distance Athlete of the Week – Callaway Bird, DePauw

Callaway Bird (Sturgis, Mich./Culver Academies) won the 800-meter race at the DePauw Indoor Invitational with a time of 1:57.02. Bird’s time beat 39 entrants in the race and was good enough for the top time in the conference so far this season. The mark also ranks fourth all-time at DePauw.

Men's Indoor Track, Sprints/Hurdles Athlete of the Week – Josh Wiggins, Wabash

Josh Wiggins (Poseyville, Ind./North Posey) posted three top-five finishes including an individual victory in the 200-meter dash to help Wabash win the DePauw Indoor Track and Field Invitational team title Saturday. Wiggins turned in a season-best time of 22.87 to win the 200-meter event. He placed second as part of a 1-2-3 finish for Wabash in the 60-meter hurdles with a career-best time of 8.45. Wiggins added a career-best time of 7.17 in a fifth-place finish in the finals of the 60-meter dash.

Men's Indoor Field Athlete of the Week – Ryan Fleming, Denison

Denison’s first victory of the day came in the high jump event where junior Ryan Fleming (Tampa, Fla./Jesuit) placed first overall and set a new personal best on a jump of 1.96 meters (6’ 5’’). The winning mark also ranks him third all-time among Denison’s best indoor track and field personal records.

Women's Indoor Track, Distance/Middle Distance Athlete of the Week – Emily Forner, Allegheny

Emily Forner (Beaver, Pa./Beaver Area) had the top weekend for the Gators, finishing seventh in the 39-runner field of the 3,000-meter run at GVSU with a time of 9:41.15, which broke her own school record in the event by nearly seven seconds. As the only Division III competitor in the field, her time is the fourth fastest among Division III runners in 2018-19.

Women's Indoor Track, Sprints/Hurdles Athlete of the Week – Molly Smith, Denison

Denison’s Molly Smith (Columbus, Ohio/Grandview Heights) posted a third-place finish in the 400-meter dash (1:04.94), as well as aiding the Big Red to a second-place finish in the 4x200-meter relay (1:56.36) and a third-place finish in the 4x400-meter relay (4:29.21) at Saturday’s Noke Elite Meet in Salem, Va.

Women's Indoor Field Athlete of the Week – Cirrus Robinson, Ohio Wesleyan

Cirrus Robinson (Columbus, Ohio/Ashland) won the high jump at the All-Ohio Championship meet this past weekend. Her 1.72-meter (5’ 7.75”) jump defeated 15 competitors in the event and  tied the meet record she equaled in 2017. Robinson also helped the 800-meter relay team win the All-Ohio Championship in 1:46.28.

Men's Tennis Athlete of the Week – Wonjoon Cho, Allegheny

Allegheny’s Wonjoon Cho (Wichita, Kan./Wichita Collegiate School) helped the Gators defeat Houghton, 8-1, on Saturday with a pair of victories. Cho defeated Houghton’s Zach Shilvock, 6-2, 6-1 in second singles action while also aiding in an 8-2 No. 2 doubles victory. Cho improved his record to 3-3 in both singles and doubles play this season.

Women's Tennis Athlete of the Week – Francesca Kern, Oberlin

First-year Francesca Kern (Erie, Pa./Mercyhurst Prep) notched her first collegiate victories in singles play, helping the Yeowomen knock off OAC foes Baldwin Wallace and Otterbein. Kern was a 6-2, 6-3 winner at No. 3 singles over the Yellow Jackets’ Kathleen Moser and was a 6-0, 6-3 victor over the Cardinals’ Makayla Sutter. She and fellow rookie Rebecca Shiloff paired up at No. 2 doubles to win 8-0 vs. Baldwin Wallace before gutting out an 8-7 (7-3) victory over Otterbein’s Jordyn Traxler and Marriella Briones to cap off a perfect 4-0 day for the Yeowomen rookie.


NCAC Milestones & Records (Feb. 4 - Feb. 10)

Wabash, Men’s Basketball - Sophomore guard Jack Davidson (Fishers, Ind./Hamilton Southeastern HS) broke the NCAA Division III record for all-time consecutive free throws made after going 9-for-9 versus Kenyon College Saturday. Davison eclipsed the mark of 84 consecutive free throws made over two seasons by Kalamazoo College’s Dirk Rhinehart from January 3 to December 17, 2001. Davidson also surpassed the DI record of 85 held by Darnell Archey from Butler University over the course of the 2000-2001, 2001-2002, and 2002-2003 seasons. Davidson has currently made 89 consecutive free throws and is six away from breaking the NCAA all-divisions record of 94 held by Paul Cluxton from DII’s Northern Kentucky University.

DePauw, Women’s Basketball - Senior guard Maya Howard (St. Louis, Mo./MICDS) passed Amy Argetsinger (2001-05) and moved into second place on DePauw’s all-time scoring list and now has 1,455 points. Savannah Trees (2011-15) holds the record with 1,480.

Allegheny, Track & Field - Emily Forner (Beaver, Pa./Beaver Area)
finished seventh in the 39-runner field of the 3,000-meter run at GVSU with a time of 9:41.15, which broke her own school record in the event by nearly seven seconds. 

Wittenberg, Track & Field - Hannah Eley 
broke her previous school weight throw record of 14.47m from 2018 with a toss of 14.56m at the All-Ohio Championships this past weekend at Otterbein.

Wooster, Track & Field -
Wooster senior David Westcott (Lake Forest, Ill./Millbrook (N.Y.)) broke the program’s 18-year-old school record in the 5,000 meters with a time of 15:06.62 at Saturday’s All-Ohio Championships.