2017 NCAC Indoor T&F Championships Central

Oberlin junior Lilah Drafts-Johnson {lef} & OWU senior Brian Burnett {right}
Oberlin junior Lilah Drafts-Johnson {lef} & OWU senior Brian Burnett {right}

The Ohio Wesleyan men won their second-straight league title and the Oberlin Yeowomen won their first outright women's championship in history at the 2017 NCAC Indoor Track & Field Championships on Saturday at Oberlin College's John W. Heisman Club Fieldhouse in Oberlin, Ohio. The Yeowomen, who also shared the title with OWU in 2009, cruised to the women's title with 181 points, compared to 143 points for second-place Ohio Wesleyan, while the OWU men narrowly edged out Wabash for the 2017 title by a 164-161 margin. 

Trailing Oberlin and Ohio Wesleyan in the final women's standings was Allegheny (133.50), Denison (76), Wooster (61), Wittenberg (45.5), DePauw (35) and Kenyon (26). 

On the men's side, Allegheny checked in at third with 109 points, followed by Wittenberg (87), DePauw (71), Denison and Oberlin in a tie for sixth with 40 points, Wooster in eighth (23) and Kenyon in ninth (7).

 

2017 NCAC Indoor Track & Field Championships
March 3-4
John W. Heisman Club Fieldhouse
Oberlin College 
Oberlin's Championship Site
Schedule of Events Live Scoring Live Video Performance List
NCAC Records Men's Year-by-Year Event Winners Women's Year-by-Year Event Winners 2016-17 NCAC Top Performances
FINAL RESULTS Men's All-NCAC Performers Women's All-NCAC Performers

 

FINAL TEAM STANDINGS

MEN
      WOMEN

1. OHIO WESLEYAN 164   1. OBERLIN 181
2. WABASH 161   2. OHIO WESLEYAN 143
3. ALLEGHENY 109   3. ALLEGHENY 133.5
4.  WITTENBERG
87   4. DENISON
76
5. DEPAUW
71   5. WOOSTER
61
6. DENISON
40   6. WITTENBERG 
45.5

OBERLIN
40   7. DEPAUW 
35
8. WOOSTER
23   8. KENYON 26
9. KENYON
7  


 

2017 Women's Athlete of the Year Award Winners

Women's Field: Cirrus Robinson, Ohio Wesleyan
Ohio Wesleyan freshman Cirrus Robinson (Ashland, OH/Ashland) was named the NCAC Athlete of the Year for field events after she broke the longest standing meet record on the books with a leap of 5'08.75". The previous record of 5'07.00" was set back in 1995 by Case Western's Leslie Kindling.

Women's Sprint/Hurdles: Lilah Drafts-Johnson, Oberlin
Oberlin senior Lilah Drafts-Johnson (Melrose, MA/Melrose) collected the Athlete of the Year award for sprint and hurdle events after winning the 400-meter dash with a meet-record time of 57.18. She also finished second individually in the 200-meter dash (25.98) and ran the opening leg on the second-place 4x200-meter relay that finished with a time of 1:46.71.

Women's Distance/Middle Distance: Megg Cantlay, Allegheny
The Athlete of the Year award for distance and middle distance events went to Allegheny senior Megg Cantlay (Chagrin Falls, OH/Chagrin Falls) after winning the 800-meter run in 2:17.27 and running a leg on a pair of winning relay teams. She ran the third leg on the Distance Medley Relay that crossed the line first in 12:37.80 on Friday night, before closing out the meet by running the anchor leg on the winning 4x400-meter relay (4:03.71).

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
   
   
   
 
Cirrus Robinson Lilah Drafts-Johnson Megg Cantlay 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) earned the NCAC Field Athlete of the Year award for the second time in his career after winning the Heptathlon with 4,899 points and also topping the field in the high jump at a height of 6'04.25". Newman also won the award as a freshman in 2015.

Men's Sprint/Hurdles: Tommy Davis, Ohio Wesleyan

Ohio Wesleyan sophomore Tommy Davis (Clyde, OH/Clyde) earned the 2017 Athlete of the Year award for sprint and hurdle events after winning the 200-meter dash in 22.40 and running the third leg on the winning 4x200-meter relay (1:30.59). He also finished third overall in the 60-meter dash with a time of 7.09.

Men's Distance/Middle Distance: John Hughes, Allegheny
Allegheny junior John Hughes (Cold Spring, NY/Haldane) is now the seventh Gator to win the NCAC Athlete of the Year award for distance and middle distance events after winning the mile in 4:19.06 and finishing second overall in the 3,000-meter run in 8:48.57. Hughes also ran the lead leg on the second-place distance medley relay team that crossed the line in 10:30.07 on Friday night.

Men's Coach of the Year: Kris Boey, Ohio Wesleyan

Field
Athelte of the Year 
Sprint/Hurdler
Athlete of the Year 
Distance/Middle Distance
Athlete of the Year 
Coach of the Year
  
  
   
 
Nate Newan Tommy Davis John Hughes Kris Boey

 

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

Oberlin topped the pre-championship poll on the women's side by earning six of the possible first-place votes for 62 total points, while Ohio Wesleyan garnered the final two first-place votes and finished second overall with 58 points. Allegheny, which last won the NCAC women's indoor title in 2006, was predicted to finish third with 47 points, followed by Denison (36), Wittenberg (35), Wooster (20), DePauw (18) and Kenyon (12). The Yeowomen, under 13th-year head coach Ray Appenheimer, enter the meet with one of their most balanced squads in recent history with several athletes that rank in the top-5 in the NCAC in both running and field events. The throwing events is where the Yeowomen are expected to excel the most as they enter the meet with three of the top hurlers in the league, highlighted by the junior duo of Monique Newton (Sacramento, CA/Rancho Cordova) and Ana Richardson (Eugene, OR/South Eugene). On December 9th at the Kent State Golden Flashes Gala, Newton posted the nation's top mark this season in the shot put at 49'09.25", while Richardson enters the meet with the NCAC's top mark in the weight throw at 56'09.25". In addition to the throwers, senior Ave Spencer (Goodyear, AZ/Millenium) owns the league's top mark in the pole vault (11'07.75") and junior Annie Goodridge (Boston, MA/Winsor School) leads all league athletes in the triple jump at 36'11.00". On the track, junior Lilah Drafts-Johnson (Melrose, MA/Melrose) is one of the top mid-distance runners in the league with the top time to date in both the 400 (57.12) and 800 (2:19.82), while first-year Shannon Wargo (LaGrange, OH/Keystone) ranks second in the mile (5:10.25) and sophomore Linnea Halsten (Madison, WI/East) is third overall in both the 3,000 (10:25.22) and 5,000 (18:34.09). 

In the men's pre-championship coaches' poll, Ohio Wesleyan collected seven of the possible first-place votes cast for 79 total points, while Wabash earned the final two first-place votes to finish second with 74 points. Wittenberg checked in at third with 59 points, followed by Allegheny (58), Oberlin (39), DePauw (37), Denison (28), Wooster (21) and Kenyon (10). Under the direction of 15th-year head coach Kris Boey, the Bishops have a solid veteran core that are primed to stand atop the team standings for the second year in a row. The senior class is bolstered by the trio of Ifa Abduljelil (Whitehall, OH/Yearling), Brian Burnett (Hamilton, OH/Cincinnati Country Day) and Colin McShane (Columbus, OH/Olentangy). Burnett enters the meet with the NCAC's top time in the 60 (7.04), McShane owns the league's top time in the 200 (22.85) and Abduljelil leads the conference in the 60-meter hurdles at 8.34 seconds. Classmate Stephen Coldren (Phoenix, AZ/Thunderbird) will also be vying for the league title in the 800 with the second-fastest time to date in the league this season at 1:57.11. In addition, junior Nate Newman (Chillicothe, OH/Zane Trace), who won his second-straight NCAC title in the Heptathlon last weekend, looks to continue his dominance in the field events this coming weekend with the league's third-highest mark to date in the high jump (6'04.00") and the fourth-best effort this season in the triple jump at 40'10.25". 

The first scoring events of the 2017 meet, the men's Heptathlon and the women's Pentathlon, took place last weekend at Wooster. Wooster sophomore Carolyn Webster (Fredericktown, OH/Fredericktown) became the program's first-ever NCAC Indoor pentathlon champion with 3,098 points, while OWU's Newman took home the men's Heptathlon title for the second year in a row with 4,899 points. -- Heptathlon/Pentathlon Results

TICKET PRICES: The prices for admission to the 2016 NCAC Indoor 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 for $10.

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

WOMEN   MEN
1. Oberlin (6) 62   1. Ohio Wesleyan (7) 79
2. Ohio Wesleyan (2) 58   2. Wabash (2) 74
3. Allegheny 47   3. Wittenberg 59
4. Denison 36   4. Allegheny 58
5. Wittenberg 35   5. Oberlin 39
6. Wooster 20   6. DePauw 37
7.
DePauw 18   7. Denison 28
8. Kenyon 12   8. Wooster 21
        9. Kenyon 10