|Tiffany Davis||Derek De St Jean||Liz Earley||Ethan Freet||Sharon Rymut||Geoff Lambert||Katie Wieferich|
Seven two-time Athlete of the Year award winners highlight an
impressive list of student-athletes both past and present named to
the North Coast Athletic Conference's 30th Anniversary men's and
women's Outdoor Track & Field all-decade teams.
On the men's side, 2008 Wabash graduate Geoff Lambert was a four-time league champion in the 800-meter run and was named the NCAC Athlete of the Year for distance and middle distance events in 2006 and '08. He still holds the NCAC Championship record in the 800-meter run after breaking the tape in 1:51.73 at the 2006 conference meet.
Ethan Freet, a 2013 graduate of Ohio Wesleyan, strung together a stretch of three-straight league titles in the 400-meter hurdles from 2011-13 and was named the NCAC Athlete of the Year for sprint and hurdle events in both 2011 and '13. His winning time of 52.45 in the event last spring is the top time by any student-athlete in the 400-meter hurdles in the 29-year history of the NCAC championship meet.
Current Wabash junior Derek De St Jean (St. John, IN/Hanover) is the two-time defending men's champion in the shot put event and is also the back-to-back NCAC Athlete of the Year award winner for field events. He won the shot put event a year ago with a winning toss of 50'00.50" and will have two more cracks at topping the league record of 55'03.00" set by Ohio Wesleyan's Keith Rucker in 1991.
There were also five three-time league champions named to the
men's all-decade team in their respective events, including 2009
Ohio Wesleyan graduate Andrew Bloom in the
decathlon (2007-09), 2013 Oberlin graduate Alex
Guo in the triple jump (2011-13), 2013 Ohio Wesleyan
graduate Silas Jolliff in the 400-meter dash
(2010, 12-13), 2008 Allegheny graduate Ryan Place
in the 1,500-meter run (2006-08) and 2010 Earlham graduate
Chris Shaw in the discus (2007-09).
Two female student-athletes named to the all-decade team were four-time league champions in an event and two-time NCAC Athlete of the Year award winners in the last decade.
Liz Earley, a 2008 graduate of Allegheny, topped the conference field in the hammer from 2005-08 and was the back-to-back NCAC Athlete of the Year award winner for field events from 2007-08, while 2010 Ohio Wesleyan graduate Sharon Rymut won the discus competition at the conference championship from 2007-10 and was also a back-to-back NCAC Athlete of the Year award winner for field events from 2009-10. Earley's winning toss of 172'09.00" in the hammer in 2008 remains the top effort in the event by an NCAC student-athlete at the conference championship meet.
Katie Wieferich, a 2007 graduate of Wooster, closed out her career in impressive fashion by claiming back-to-back NCAC Athlete of the Year awards for distance and middle distance events after winning the 5,000-meter run in 2006 and '07. She still holds the conference championship record in the 5,000-meter run after breaking the tape with a time of 16:44.68 in 2007.
Finally, current Denison senior Tiffany Davis (Nashville, TN/Pope John Paul II) was recognized as the top sprinter in the league in the last 10 years as she was selected to the all-decade team in both the 100- and 200-meter dash events. She is the two-time NCAC Athlete of the Year award winner for sprint and hurdle events after winning back-to-back conference titles in both sprinting events. Davis, who also finished third in the 200-meter dash in 2011, is the current record-holder in the 200 after crossing the finish line with a time of 24.87 in 2012.
In addition to Davis, there were three additional female student-athletes named to the all-decade team in two different events, including 2008 Earlham graduate Sara Bohall (100 hurdles & 400 hurdles), 2012 Allegheny graduate Lauren Butler (shot put & javelin) and 2008 Allegheny graduate Emily Pfeufer (triple jump & long jump).
Three different men's teams claimed NCAC outdoor track & field titles in the last 10 years. Allegheny opened the last decade with four-straight titles from 2004-07, followed by Ohio Wesleyan's run of three-straight crowns from 2008-10. Wabash is currently the three-time defending league champion.
On the women's side, Denison won the decade's first title in 2004, followed by back-to-back titles from Allegheny in 2005 and 06 and Ohio Wesleyan in 2007. The Gators won their third title of the decade in 2008, while the Battling Bishops are currently the five-time defending league champions after topping the conference field from 2009-13.
The North Coast Athletic Conference is celebrating its 30th playing season by selecting All-Decade teams in nearly every championship sport. Players from the first 10 years of play were selected in 1993-94, while players who competed from 1993-2002 were named to the 20th Anniversary All-Decade team. All current head coaches were asked to vote, as were some former coaches and administrators.
Founded in 1983, the North Coast Athletic Conference currently consists of 10 academically selective NCAA Division III colleges and universities - Allegheny College, Denison University, DePauw University, Hiram College, Kenyon College, Oberlin College, Ohio Wesleyan University, Wabash College, Wittenberg University and the College of Wooster along with affiliate member Earlham College (field hockey). The NCAC sponsors 23 championship sports, 11 for men and 12 for women.