CLEVELAND, Ohio – The 2019 NCAC Outdoor Track & Field Championships will be held Friday-Saturday, May 3-4, at Kenyon College. The Oberlin women are seeking their third-consecutive NCAC title, while the Wabash men are in search of their seventh overall title. Both squads have been selected as the favorites heading into this year's meet based on pre-championship balloting by the league coaches.
The Oberlin Yeowomen were the unanimous pick to win the 2019 NCAC Outdoor Track & Field title as they earned all eight first-place votes for a total of 64 points. Ohio Wesleyan, which has won a league-most 14 NCAC women's outdoor titles, was second in the poll with 56 points, followed by Allegheny (44), Wooster (42) and Wittenberg (33) rounding out the top five. Denison (21), Kenyon (17) and DePauw (11) will complete the eight-team field at the women's championship.
Oberlin heads into the weekend holding six of the NCAC's top track & field marks. In the 100-meter dash, senior Imani Cook-Gist (Santa Monica, CA/Harvard Westlake) owns a conference-best time of 12.58 seconds. Freshman Sarah Voit (Cincinnati, OH/McAuley) has cleared an NCAC-best 3.75 meters in the pole vault while senior Olivia Woods (Berwyn, IL/JS Morton West) has the conference's top triple jump mark at 11.08 meters. The Yeowomen also own the NCAC's best throws in the shot put, discus and hammer throw. Junior Naeisha McClain (Columbus, GA/Brookstone) owns a 12.72-meter mark in the shot put, junior Jasmine Keegan (Maplewood, NJ/Columbia) issued a league-leading 41.28-meter throw in the discus while junior Maya English (Chino Hills, CA/Ayala) has a season-best throw of 48.82 meters in the hammer throw.
Wabash, winners of six total NCAC men's outdoor titles, earned all nine of the available first-place votes cast by the league coaches to earn the top spot in the pre-championship poll with 81 points. Ohio Wesleyan, the 2018 NCAC outdoor champion, finished second in the voting with 72 points while Wooster was third with 62 points. DePauw (49) and Oberlin (41) rounded out the top five in the polling, while Denison (34), Wittenberg (29), Allegheny (28) and Kenyon (9) completed the nine-team field.
The Little Giants head into the championships with five of the conference's best marks so far this season. Junior RaShawn Jones (Indianapolis, IN/Lawrence Central) owns the NCAC's best time in the 110-meter hurdles, clocking in at a season-low 14.93 seconds. Freshman Preston Whaley (Fort Worth, TX/Chisholm) takes both the top long jump and triple jump marks into the conference championships. Whaley has a mark of 6.66 meters in the long jump and 14.61 meters in the triple jump. Classmate Max Bigler (Grapevine, TX/Grapevine) has the best high jump mark at 1.95 meters. Wabash also owns the quickest men's 4x400 relay this season at 3:20.32.
The 2019 NCAC Men's and Women's Outdoor Track and Field Combined Championships were held on Saturday, April 27, and Sunday, April 28, at Oberlin College. Oberlin sophomore Adriano Atallah (New Rochelle, NY/Regis) won the decathlon with 6,210 total points, while Wooster senior Carolyn Webster (Fredericktown, OH/Fredericktown) won the heptathlon with 4,263 points.
Total team points from the combined events will be factored into this weekend's results toward the final team standings. Following the completion of the decathlon, Wabash has 17 points, while Oberlin has 14, Denison has five, Wooster has two and Ohio Wesleyan has one.
After the heptathlon, Wooster has earned 16 points, followed by Oberlin (11), Wittenberg (6), DePauw (5) and Denison (1).
TICKET PRICES: The prices for admission to the 2019 NCAC Outdoor Track & Field Championships are $5 for adults, $3 for children (18 and under), while NCAC students with a valid student ID are admitted for free. A two-day pass is also available -- $10 for adults and $6 for children (18 and under).
2019 North Coast Athletic Conference Outdoor Track & Field Pre-Championship Coaches' Polls
|1.||Oberlin (8)||64||1.||Wabash (9)||81|
|2.||Ohio Wesleyan||56||2.||Ohio Wesleyan||72|