The Wabash men's team and the Ohio Wesleyan women's squad captured the 2015 NCAC Indoor Track & Fied Championships on Saturday at DePauw University's James A. Hollensteiner Track in Greencastle, Indiana.
Wabash, which has now won five-straight league crowns, accumulated 230.83 team points to edge out Ohio Wesleyan (197.83) for the men's title, while the OWU women earned their ninth-consecutive conference title after earning 193.5 points to prevail over Oberlin (125).
Wabash and Ohio Wesleyan were followed in the men's standings by Wittenberg (74), DePauw (55), Oberlin (49.33), Allegheny (38), Denison (21), Kenyon (21) and Wooster (14).
In the final women's standings, OWU and Oberlin were followed by Allegheny (110), Denison (74.5), Wittenberg (57.5), Wooster (56.5), DePauw (56) and Kenyon (28).
Following competition on Saturday afternoon, Wabash head coach Clyde Morgan was named the NCAC's Men's Coach of the Year for the fifth consecutive season. In seven years at Wabash, Morgan has now guided the Little Giants to five-straight NCAC indoor crowns and four-straight outdoor titles.
On the women's side, Ohio Wesleyan head coach Kris Boey was named the Coach of the Year for the fifth year in a row and eighth time overall. Boey, who is in his 13th season at OWU, has led the women's squad to nine NCAC indoor titles and seven outdoor championships.
2015 Athlete of the Year Award Winners
Women's Field: Aedin Brennan, Denison
Denison junior Aedin Brennan (Fairport, NY/Allendale Columbia) was named the NCAC Indoor Field Athlete of the Year for the second year in a row after logging three individual event victories. She opened the 2015 championship meet two weeks ago by setting the league record in the pentathlon with 3,573 points, before topping the field twice last weekend in the long jump (18'01.50") and triple jump (37'08.00").
Women's Sprint/Hurdles: Brea Medlock, Wittenberg
Wittenberg junior Brea Medlock (Galena, OH/Big Walnut) opened championship Saturday by breaking the NCAC record in the 60-meter dash with a winning time of 7.76 seconds. She returned to the track later in the afternoon and again topped the field in the 200-meter dash with a time of 25.55. In addition, Medlock also collected All-NCAC performances on a pair of relay squads, placing second in the 4x200 (1:45.98) and third in the 4x400 (4:06.60).
Women's Distance: Carey Lyons, Oberlin
Oberlin senior Carey Lyons (Tacoma, WA/Stadium) reached the line first in the one-mile run (5:06.62) and the 3,000-meter run (10:17.71) to lead the Yeowomen to a second-place finish at the 2015 NCAC Indoor Track & Field Championships.
Women's Coach of the Year: Kris Boey, Ohio Wesleyan
|Aedin Brennan||Brea Medlock||Carey Lyons||Kris Boey|
Men's Field: Nate Newman, Ohio Wesleyan
Ohio Wesleyan freshman Nate Newman (Chillicothe, OH/Zane Trace) logged two event victories and another second-place finish in his debut at the NCAC Indoor Track & Field Championships. Newman won the long jump (22'04.25") and high jump (6'05.00"), while also finishing second in the heptathlon (4,830).
Men's Sprints/Hurdles: Victor Banjo, Wittenberg
Wittenberg senior Victor Banjo (Sugarland, TX/Stephen F. Austin) won his first indoor Sprint/Hurdles Athlete of the Year Award after breaking the tape in the 60-meter dash for the third time in his career with a time of 6.94. He also won the event in 2012 and '14. Banjo also tacked on a third-place finish in the 200-meter dash with a time of 22.72.
Men's Distance: Geno Arthur, Oberlin
Oberlin junior Geno Arthur (Camarillo, CA/Rio Mesa) broke the NCAC record in the 3,000-meter run with a winning time of 8:31.26, breaking the previous mark of 8:33.45 set by Denison's Dee Salukombo in 2012. Arthur also ran the final leg on the winning distance medley relay that broke the tape in 10:19.76.
Men's Coach of the Year: Clyde Morgan, Wabash
|Nate Newman||Victor Banjo||Geno Arthur||Clyde Morgan|
As a preview to this weekend's action, Russell Kramer, NCAC Assistant Executive Director, interviewed all nine participating head coaches to delve into each team's mindset heading into the 2015 championships.
|Brent Wilkerson||Mark FitzPatrick||Kori Stoffregen|
|Duane Gomez||Ray Appenheimer||Kris Boey|
|Clyde Morgan||Craig Penney||Dennis Rice|