2017 NCAC Outdoor T&F Champs Central

Oberlin junior Annie Goodridge (L) & Ohio Wesleyan junior Nate Newman (R)
Oberlin junior Annie Goodridge (L) & Ohio Wesleyan junior Nate Newman (R)

Wabash won its sixth league title and the Oberlin Yeowomen won their first championship at the 2017 NCAC Outdoor Track and Field Championships on Saturday at DePauw University’s Blackstock Stadium in Greencastle, Indiana. The Yeowomen who swept both the Indoor and Outdoor Championships cruised to the women’s title with 260 points followed by Ohio Wesleyan in second-place with 185.5 points, while Wabash edged OWU for the title by a margin of 196-177.

Trailing Oberlin and Ohio Wesleyan in the final women’s standings was Allegheny (95), Wooster (79), Wittenberg (65.5), Kenyon (52), DePauw (42) and Denison (40).

On the men’s side, Wittenberg checked in at third with 117 points followed by Allegheny (103), DePauw (73), Denison (52), Oberlin (39), and Wooster in eighth (32) and Kenyon in ninth (23).   

 

2017 NCAC Outdoor Track & Field Championships
May 5-6
Blackstock Stadium
DePauw University
Greencastle, Indiana 

DePauw's Championship Site

Schedule of Events Live Scoring -- Live Video Performance List
Tickets
NCAC Records Men's Year-by-Year Event Winners Women's Year-by-Year Event Winners 2017 NCAC Top Performances

FINAL RESULTS

Men's Decathlon - Women's Heptathlon 

Men's All-NCAC Performers Women's All-NCAC Performers

 

FINAL TEAM STANDINS

MEN
      WOMEN

1. WABASH 196   1. OBERLIN 260
2. OHIO WESLEYAN 177   2. OHIO WESLEYAN 185.5
3. WITTENBERG 117   3. ALLEGHENY 95
 4. ALLEGHENY
103   4. WOOSTER 79
5. DEPAUW 73   5. WITTENBERG 65.5
6. DENISON 52   6. KENYON 52
7. OBERLIN 39   7. DEPAUW 42
8. WOOSTER
32   8. DENISON 40
9. KENYON
23  




2017 Women's Athlete of the Year Award Winners

Women's Field: Ana Richardson, Oberlin
Oberlin junior Ana Richardson (Eugene, OR/South Eugene) was named the NCAC Athlete of the Year for field events after winning both the hammer and discus throws. Richardson’s winning toss in the hammer was 160’04” and took home the discus in 142”05”. Richardson also placed fifth in the shot put (39’09.25”) and seventh in the javelin (104’05”).

Women's Sprint/Hurdles: Lilah Drafts-Johnson, Oberlin
Oberlin junior Lilah Drafts-Johnson (Melrose, MA/Melrose) collected the Athlete of the Year award for sprint and hurdle events, sweeping the award at both the indoor and outdoor championships, after winning the 400 and 200-meter dashes, crossing the line in 57.02 and 25.20 respectively. Drafts-Johnson also ran a leg on the winning 4x100-meter (49.09) and 4x400-meter relays (3:58.57).

Women's Distance/Middle Distance: Sarah Fowler, Ohio Wesleyan
The Athlete of the Year award for distance and middle distance events went to Ohio Wesleyan senior Sarah Fowler (Mount Vernon, OH/Fredericktown) after winning three individual events. Fowler won the 1,500-meter run in 4:42.91, came back to win the 5,000-meter run in 17:55.76 and captured the 3,000-meter steeplechase, crossing the line in 11:17.35. 

Women's Coach of the Year: Ray Appenheimer, Oberlin

Field
Athlete of the Year 
Sprint/Hurdler
Athlete of the Year 
Distance/Middle Distance
Athlete of the Year 
Coach
of the Year
   
    
    
  
Ana Richardson Lilah Drafts-Johnson Sarah Fowler Ray Appenheimer


2017 Men's Athlete of the Year Award Winners

Men's Field: Nate Newman, Ohio Wesleyan
Ohio Wesleyan junior Nate Newman (Chillicothe, OH/Zane Trace) swept the NCAC Field Athlete of the Year award at the indoor and outdoor championships after winning the decathlon with 6,381 points and also topping the field in the high jump at a height of 6’04”. Newman also finished second in the long jump (22’08.50”), fifth in the pole vault (13’.5.75”) and seventh in the triple jump (41’.11.25”). 

Men's Sprint/Hurdles: Tyler Gittins, Wittenberg
Wittenberg senior Tyler Gittins (Westerville, OH/Columbus Academy) earned the 2017 Athlete of the Year award for sprint and hurdle events after winning the 400-meter hurdles in 54.36 and earned all-conference honors in the 110-meter hurdles, finishing third in 14.91. He also ran a leg on the third-place 4x400-meter relay team that broke the tape in 3:20.62. 

Men's Distance/Middle Distance: Mason McKinney, Wabash
Wabash senior Mason McKinney (Lafayette, IN / McCutcheon) is now the second Little Giant in the last three years to win the NCAC Athlete of the Year award for distance and middle distance events after winning the 3,000-meter steeplechase in 9:34.46 and the 5,000-meter run in 15:33.73. McKinney also finished second in the 1,500-meters, crossing the line in 4:05.12.

Men's Coach of the Year: Clyde Morgan, Wabash

Field
Athlete of the Year 
Sprint/Hurdler
Athlete of the Year 
Distance/Middle Distance
Athlete of the Year 
Coach
of the Year
   
   
   
  
Nate Newan Tyler Gittins Mason McKinney Clyde Morgan

 

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2017 NCAC Outdoor Track & Field Pre-Championship Coaches' Polls 

The Oberlin women earned the top spot in the pre-championship poll after earning seven of the possible eight first-place votes cast by league coaches for 63 total points. Ohio Wesleyan, which has won the last eight NCAC women’s outdoor titles and leads the league with 14 all-time, claimed the last first-place vote and finished second in the poll with 57 points. Allegheny checked in at third with 47 total points, followed by Wittenberg (37), Denison (30), Wooster (26), DePauw (19) and Kenyon (9). The Yeowomen will head into competition this weekend under the direction of head coach Ray Appenheimer for the 13th year in a row. Oberlin is expected to show its dominance in field events over the two-day meet with four different athletes owning a top mark in separate events, while junior Lilah Drafts-Johnson (Melrose, MA/Melrose) will lead the Yeowomen on the track with top seed times in two events. She will be aiming for her first-career individual title at the NCAC outdoor championships with the league’s top seed time in both the 400-meters (56.23) and 400-meter hurdles (1:01.54). The decorated list of field athletes is highlighted by junior Monique Newton (Sacramento, CA/Rancho Cordova) as she enters the meet with the NCAC’s top mark to date in the hammer (171’10.00”), and the second-best effort in both the shot put (48’08.00”) and discus (148’05.00”). Freshman Naeisha McClain (Columbus, GA/Brookstone)owns the top mark in the shot put at 45’11.25”, while junior Ana Richardson (Eugene, OR/South Eugene) will also look to score key team points in the three throwing events. In addition, senior Ave Spencer (Goodyear, AZ/Millenium) owns the league’s top height to date in the pole vault at 11’05.75”, while juniorAnnie Goodridge (Boston, MA/Winsor School) leads the way in the triple jump with a distance of 36’09.50”.  

The Ohio Wesleyan men narrowly claimed the top spot in the pre-championship poll over Wabash by a slim 77-76 margin. The Battling Bishops, who won their first league title since 2010 last year with a 210-209 win over the Little Giants, picked up five of the available first-place votes cast from the league coaches, while Wabash earned the final four first-place votes to finish one point behind OWU in the poll. Allegheny and Wittenberg tied for third-place with 57 points each, followed by DePauw (47), Denison (32), Oberlin (31), Wooster (19) and Kenyon (9). OWU head coach Kris Boey will lead the Bishops into action this weekend at the NCAC Championships for the 16th time in his career with several different athletes vying for a spot on the all-conference podium. The Bishops will look to score key team points in the sprinting events, with seniors Brian Burnett (Hamilton, OH/Cincinnati Country Day) and Colin McShane (Columbus, OH/Olentangy) entering the meet with the league’s top seed times in the 100-meters (10.71) and 200-meters (22.55), respectively. Classmate Ifa Abduljelil (Whitehall, OH/Yearling) is expected to shine for OWU in the hurdle events, owning the league’s top time to date in the 110 (14.62) and the second-best effort in the 400 at 55.22. The Bishops also own the NCAC’s top time this season in the 4x100-meter relay at 42.03 seconds. Junior Nate Newman (Chillicothe, OH/Zane Trace), who won the 2017 NCAC men’s decathlon title last weekend for the second time in his career, is the Bishops’ top field event athlete with the league’s top height this season in the high jump at 6’06’00” and the second-best distance in the long jump at 22’03.00”. 

2017 North Coast Athletic Conference Outdoor Track & Field Pre-Championship Coaches' Polls
(first-place votes in parentheses, followed by total points)

WOMEN   MEN
1. Oberlin (7) 63   1. Ohio Wesleyan (5) 77
2. Ohio Wesleyan (1) 57   2. Wabash (4) 76
3. Allegheny 47   3. Allegheny 57
4. Wittenberg 37  
Wittenberg 57
5. Denison 30   5. DePauw 47
6. Wooster 26   6. Denison 32
7.
DePauw 19   7. Oberlin 31
8. Kenyon 9   8. Wooster 19
        9. Kenyon 9