Date: Friday and Saturday, March 4-5 Host: Oberlin
The Wabash men won the schools' first-ever North Coast Athletic Conference indoor team title at the NCAC Indoor Track & Field Championship, held March 4-5 at Oberlin College. The Little Giants captured five event titles and 12 other top-three finishes to total 208 points. Ohio Wesleyan was second with 202 points after winning eight overall events. Allegheny was third with 86 points, followed by Oberlin (85.5), Kenyon (40), Denison (35), Wittenberg (31) and Wooster (14.5).
The Ohio Wesleyan women claimed their 10th overall NCAC crown and fifth in a row with 228 points. The Battling Bishops posted six event titles and 16 other top-three finishes. Allegheny was second with 125 points and three event champions. Oberlin was third with 114 points, followed by Kenyon (112), Wittenberg (54), Wooster (41) and Denison (25).
Women's Most Valuable Performers:
Women’s Sprint/Hurdles - Oberlin Sophomore Alexis Marissa Clardy (Kittanning, PA/Kittanning Senior) won the conference title in the 400 meters in an NCAA provisional qualifying time of 58.58. She also helped the 4x400 meter relay team set a conference record after crossing the finish line in 4:04.43.
Women's Distance - Ohio Wesleyan senior Kat Zimmerly (Edinboro, PA/General McLane) earned the award after winning and setting meet records in both the one mile and 3,000 meter runs. She crossed first in the mile in a time of 5:03.76, and cruised past the old meet record (10:12.84) in the 3,000 with a time of 10:02.96.
Women's Field - Allegheny junior Lauren Butler (New Kensington, PA/Kiski Area) earned her second consecutive Field Athlete of the Year award after taking first in the shot put and setting a meet record with a toss of 43-02.25.
Men's Most Valuable Performers:
Men’s Sprint/Hurdles -Ohio Wesleyan sophomore Ethan Freet (London, OH/London) earned the 2011 award after finishing first in the 55 (6.53), 200 (22.55) and the 400 (50.76). He was also a member of the winning 4x200 relay (1:30.71) and the 4x400 relay (3:27.32).
Men's Distance - Denison junior Dee Salukombo (Lakewood, OH/Lakewood) finished first in the 3,000 meter run in a time of 8:37.13 and was the runner up in the mile with an NCAA provisional qualifying time of 4:12.93.
Men's Field - Wabash senior Matt Scheller (Wadesville, IN/North Posey) was named the men's Field Athlete of the Year after finishing first in both the shot put (49-06.50) and the weight throw (54-01.75). His heave in the shot put was a Wabash school record.
2011 NCAC Pentathlon Championships
Date: Saturday, Feb. 26 Host: Kenyon
Courtesy of Kenyon Sports Information - Ohio Wesleyan got a jump on the North Coast Athletic Conference men's indoor track & field championships with a pair of strong finishes at Saturday's Multi-Event Championship, hosted by Kenyon. The Battling Bishops had two of the top three finishers and pocketed 18 total team points, which will carry over to the full conference meet next weekend. Andrew Diehl won the pentathlon with 3,107 points over the five events, which edged Oberlin's Shawn Chrapczynski (3,105 pts.) by a mere two points. Diehl's only first place finish came in the high jump with a leap of 6-5 1/2 (1.97 meters), but he came in sixth or better in the remaining four events. The Bishop's David Franklin checked in third with 3,027 points ahead of a trio of Wabash College Little Giants. Jeff Driscoll capped OWU's scoring with two points for his seventh-place output of 2,593 points.
Ohio Wesleyan came up on top the standings in the women's event
as well. Lainey Kekic scored a total of 2,789 points to take the
individual title. She won the high jump with a leap of 5-00.25
(1.53 meters) and tied for first in the long jump with Kenyon's
Leah Jacques. Both jumped 15-7 (4.75 meters). Kekic finished third
in the shot put, fourth in the 800-meter run and sixth in the
55-meter hurdles. Jacques finished second, with 2,595. She
bolstered her overall total with fifth-place showings in the
800-meter run and the 55-meter hurdles.
Team points from this event will be will be factored into next weekend's results toward the final team standings.