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Wabash Claims Sixth NCAC Indoor Track & Field Title

Wabash won its sixth league title in program history on Saturday.
Wabash won its sixth league title in program history on Saturday.

2019 All-NCAC Men's Indoor Track & Field Performers

Wabash won its sixth overall league title at the 2019 NCAC Indoor Track & Field Championships on Saturday at the Gault Recreation Center in Wooster, Ohio. The Little Giants accumulated 160 points to win the team title, while Ohio Wesleyan finished second with 121 total points.

Wooster finished third with 95 points, followed by Oberlin in fourth (85), DePauw in fifth (76), Denison in sixth (65), Allegheny in seventh (38), Wittenberg in eighth (35) and Kenyon in ninth (26).

Wooster head coach Dennis Rice was named the NCAC Men’s Indoor Track & Field Coach of the Year for the second time in his career. The Fighting Scots improved five spots from the 2018 standings, increasing their point total by 67 from a season ago. Rice's squad claimed seven All-NCAC performances including two NCAC titles in the 400 and 5,000 meters.

2019 NCAC Men's Indoor Track & Field Athlete of the Year Award Winners:

Men's Field: Jayson Blankenship, Ohio Wesleyan
Ohio Wesleyan junior Jayson Blankenship (Medina, OH/Medina) earned the league's top honor in field events after winning two NCAC titles. He opened the conference Championships with the best score in the heptathlon with 4,450 points. He also won the league title in the pole vault with a height of 14’ 03.25”.

Men's Sprint/Hurdles: Brady Gossett, Wabash
Wabash senior Brady Gossett (Indianapolis, IN/Triton Central) claimed three All-NCAC honors after earning three third-place finishes. The senior competed in the 60-meter dash (7.103), 200-meter dash (22.64), and ran the first-leg of the 4x200 meter relay (1:32.38).

Men's Distance/Middle Distance: Zach Batt, DePauw
DePauw senior Zach Batt (Stafford, VA/North Stafford) recorded three All-NCAC performances to earn NCAC Distance Athlete of the Year. The senior placed first in the mile run after crossing the line in 4:22.64 and ran the last leg of the distance medley relay (10:22.12) in which he and his teammates took first. Batt also claimed third in the 3,000-meter run after crossing the line in 8:50.29.

Newcomer of the Year: Preston Whaley, Wabash
Wabash freshman Preston Whaley (Fort Worth, TX/Chisholm) earned the NCAC Men's Indoor Track & Field Newcomer of the Year award after winning the triple jump with a mark of 46’ 09.50”. The rookie also added four points to his team’s total by placing fifth in the long jump with a mark of 21’ 01.25”.

Men's Coach of the Year: Dennis Rice, Wooster

 

Field
Athlete of the Year 
Sprint/Hurdler
Athlete of the Year 
Distance/Middle Distance
Athlete of the Year 
Newcomer
of the Year
Coach
of the Year
          

 Jayson Blankenship

 Brady Gosset

 Zach Batt

Preston Whaley

 Dennis Rice