Oberlin Trio Earns Top USTFCCCA Regional Honors

Oberlin head coach Ray Appenheimer (L), senior Monique Newton (M) & assistant coach John Hepp (R)
Oberlin head coach Ray Appenheimer (L), senior Monique Newton (M) & assistant coach John Hepp (R)

Story Courtesy of the Oberlin Sports Information Department

Oberlin College senior thrower Monique Newton (Sacramento, CA/Rancho Cordova), along with coaches Ray Appenheimer and John Hepp earned regional recognition from the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).

For the second straight season, Newton garnered Great Lakes Region Field Athlete of the Year honors, while Appenheimer was tabbed Great Lakes Region Women's Head Coach of the Year and Hepp claimed the Women's Assistant Coach of the Year honor in the Great Lakes region.
 
Newton ranks second nationally in the shot put with a top mark of 48-03.25 (14.71m). She won the NCAC title in the shot-put for the third time and finished second in the weight throw to score 18 team points at the conference championships. Newton also ranks sixth nationally in the weight throw with a mark of 58-07.25 (17.86m).
 
Appenheimer, who led the Yeowomen to their second straight NCAC Championship, was named as the NCAC Coach of the Year as Oberlin totaled 197.5 points and produced 18 All-NCAC performances at the championship meet last weekend. The Yeowomen, who at one point during the season were ranked first in the nation, have three athletes competing at this weekend's national meet, including NCAC Sprints/Hurdles Runner of the Year, senior Lilah Drafts-Johnson (Melrose, MA/Melrose).

Hepp's unit helped the Yeowomen capture the NCAC team championship as his throwers scored 60 out of a possible 78 points in the shot put and weight throw events. Oberlin dominated the throws at the NCAC meet, taking six of the top eight spots in the weight throw and five of the top eight in the shot put, which included a sweep of the podium. NCAC weight throw champion, senior Ana Richardson (Eugene, OR/South), will join Newton at nationals this weekend as she enters as the second seed in the event.