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2018-19 Women's Indoor Track & Field Athletes of the Week

Distance/Middle Distance Sprints/Hurdles Field Events
February 25th

Carolyn Webster, Wooster
(Fredericktown, Ohio/Fredericktown)

Wooster senior Carolyn Webster won the pentathlon for the second time in her career (2017) with 3,229 points. She finished first in the 60 meter hurdles (9.70), the high jump (1.55m; 5’ 1”) and the long jump (5.44m; 17’ 10.25”) and placed third in both the shot put (9.91m; 32’ 6.25”) and the 800 meter run (2:39.77) to earn the event victory.

February 18th

Alexis Gray, Wittenberg
(Washington Court House, Ohio/Washington Court House)

Wittenberg’s Alexis Gray posted the league’s top time to date this season in the 800-meter run after finishing third out of 43 total runners with a time of 2:19.92 at the Kent State Tune-Up. 

 Emani Kelley, Wooster
 (Santa Paula, Calif./Ventura)

Wooster senior Emani Kelley broke the program’s 25-year-old school record in the 500 meters with the winning time of 1:19.98 at Saturday’s Kenyon Classic. The senior helped the 4x400 team post a runner-up time of 4:18.82.

 Carolyn Webster, Wooster
(Fredericktown, Ohio/Fredericktown)

Wooster senior Carolyn Webster was instrumental in helping the Scots win the eight-team Kenyon Classic on Saturday. The senior won the long jump at 16 feet, 8.5 inches, and was part of Wooster’s one-two finish in the high jump after clearing 5 feet, 1 inch.

February 11th

Emily Forner, Allegheny
(Beaver, Pa./Beaver Area)

Emily Forner 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.

Molly Smith, Denison
(Columbus, Ohio/Grandview Heights)

Denison’s Molly Smith 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. 

Cirrus Robinson, Ohio Wesleyan
(Columbus, Ohio/Ashland)

Cirrus Robinson 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.

February 4th

Sophy Cunningham, Oberlin
(Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer)

Sophy Cunningham highlighted the running performances for the Yeowomen this past week. The first-year runner won the 800-meter race with at time of 2:22.85, which is the second fastest performance in the conference this year. Cunningham followed that performance with a strong second leg in the 4x400-meter relay which time ranks third on the conference performance list (4:23.91).

Jaliyah Atkinson,  Ohio Wesleyan
(Columbus, Ohio/Groveport Madison)

Ohio Wesleyan senior Jaliyah Atkinson recorded a victory in the 200-meter dash (27.41) at the Bob Shannon Invitational on Saturday. She also finished fifth in the 60-meter dash with a time of 8.37 seconds. The Ohio Wesleyan women won the team title, finishing first out of 14 teams.  

Alexis Johnson, Wittenberg
(Southfield, Mich./Roeper School)

Wittenberg sophomore Alexis Johnson’s winning leap of 5.28 meters (17-04) in the long jump at the Cedarville Invitational is currently the top mark posted by a conference athlete in the event this season. 

January 28th

Emily Forner, Allegheny
(Beaver, Pa./Beaver Area)

As the only Division III competitor in the women’s 5000-meter run at the Penn State National Open, Emily Forner finished fourth with a time of 17:19.78. Her time was the quickest in the conference and 10th fastest thus far across Division III this season.

Tori Valachovic, Allegheny
(McDonald, Pa./South Fayette)

Allegheny’s Tori Valachovic earned an individual victory in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 9.71 seconds and finished third in the 200-meter dash with a time of 27.83, at the Wooster Fighting Scots Invitational. Her 200-meter dash was the second-fastest time in the conference this season. 

Cirrus Robinson, Ohio Wesleyan
(Columbus, Ohio/Ashland)

Ohio Wesleyan junior Cirrus Robinson won the high jump by clearing 1.75 meters (5’ 8.75”), tying the school record she set in 2017. The mark is tied for the best in NCAA Division III this season. She also led off for OWU’s 1600-meter relay team, which won in 4:16.94, and anchored the 800-meter relay team, which finished third in 1:47.97.

January 21st
Meagan Balch, Denison
(Thetford, Va./Thetford Academy)
Denison freshman Meagan Balch clocked in at 11:01.87 in the 3,000-meter race at the Dave Lehman Invitational on Saturday. Balch’s time was third-best among conference athletes this season.
Danni Gutelius, Denison
(Lake Orion, Mich./Lake Orian) 
Denison sophomore Danni Gutelius tallied a jump of 1.53 meters (5’0.25”) in the high jump at the Dave Lehman Open on Saturday. The jump was tied for the fourth-best in the conference this season. She also logged a 30.14 time in the 200-meter dash.

Maya English, Oberlin
(Chino Hills, Calif./Ayala)

Maya English led the Yeowomen with a first-place finish in the weight throw. The junior won the event with a mark of 15.24 meters (50-00). The performance is the second-best mark recorded by a NCAC athlete this season and ranks 33rd in the nation. The junior also added an 11th-place finish in the shot put (10.41m / 34-02.00).

January 14th
Erica VanHoose, Ohio Wesleyan
(Marysville, Ohio/Marysville)

Erica VanHoose anchored the Bishops 4,000-meter medley relay team, which won in 13:37.83, at the Ron Althoff Relays meet. She also anchored the winning 1,600-meter sprint medley relay team, which won in 4:47.85.

Chase Patton, Ohio Wesleyan
(Delaware, Ohio/Hayes) 

Ohio Wesleyan’s Chase Patton registered a first-place finish in the pole vault at the Ron Althoff Relays meet, clearing 3.37 meters (11’ 0.75”) on Friday, Jan. 11. She also helped the Bishops to a victory in the 800-meter relay, clocking in at 1:50.43. Ohio Wesleyan won the tri-meet over Mount Vernon Nazarene and Ohio Christian.
December 10th

Sophia Cunningham, Oberlin
(Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer)

Sophia Cunningham earned a first-place finish at the Division II University of Findlay Oiler Opener on Saturday for Oberlin. The first-year runner beat the three-person field in the 800-meter run with a 2:27.26 finish, which is the second-best time in the NCAC this season. The freshman also was the lead in the 4x400-meter relay that recorded the third best time in the conference (4:28.45).

Olivia Smith, Oberlin
(Maplewood, N.J./Columbia)

Olivia Smith highlighted the day at the Oiler Opener for the Yeowomen sprinters with two strong performances. The first-year track athlete placed seventh in the 400-meter dash (1:04.17) and was the second leg in the 4x400-meter relay that took third (4:28.45). Her 400-meter time is the second-best showing in the event in the NCAC, and the 4x400-meter team recorded a season-best finish for the crimson and gold. 

Jasmine Keegan, Oberlin
(Maplewood, N.J./Columbia)

Jasmine Keegan recorded a career-best mark in the weight throw to lead the Oberlin throwers at Division II University Findlay on Saturday. The junior native threw the weight 15.73m (51-07.25) to place eighth, which is the best performance in the conference this year. Nationally, the mark ranks 13th amongst all of Division III. Keegan also earned a ninth-place finish in the shot put with a heave of 11.58m (38-00), which is third in the NCAC. 

December 3rd

Abigail Bellows, Oberlin
(Richmond, Va./Hermitage)

Abigail Bellows 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.

Alexis Walker, Wittenberg
(Pickerington, Ohio/North)

Wittenberg's 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.

Sarah Voit, Oberlin
(Cincinnati, Ohio/Mcauley)

Sarah Voit won the pole vaulting event for Oberlin 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.