The 2018 NCAA Division III Indoor Track & Field Championships concluded on Saturday (3/10) afternoon at the CrossPlex, hosted by Birmingham-Southern College in Birmingham, Alabama. Following the two days of competition, five student-athletes from the NCAC posted All-American performances, highlighted by Ohio Wesleyan sophomore Cirrus Robinson (Ashland, OH/Ashland) winning the national title in the women’s high jump for the second year in a row.
Robinson cleared 5’08.50” to win the national title. She missed only once on her first six heights and cleared 5’08.50” on her first attempt. The final three competitors, Robinson, 2017 runner-up Emma Egan of Williams, and Helene Hall of Williams, each missed all three attempts at 5.09.75”, and tiebreakers determined the final standings, with Robinson winning the national title, Hall finishing second and Egan third. Robinson's national championship is the third by an Ohio Wesleyan woman, following Robinson's 2017 title and Julie Bredenbeck's national championship in the discus in 1982.
Two additional NCAC athletes added second-place All-American finishes in their respective events, including Oberlin senior Monique Newton (Sacramento, CA/Rancho Cordova) in the women’s shot put with a toss of 48’11.00” and Ohio Wesleyan senior Nate Newman (Chillicothe, OH/Zane Trace) in the men’s heptathlon with 5,267 points. Newton now owns seven All-American certificates between the indoor and outdoor season combined, while Newman climbed the top-eight podium in the heptathlon for the second year in a row after finishing fifth overall last winter.
Oberlin senior Ana Richardson (Eugene, OR/South Eugene) added her second-straight All-American finish in the women’s weight throw by finishing fifth overall after unleashing a throw of 58’02.00” on her fifth attempt in the finals.
After qualifying for the finals of the women’s 400-meter run with a prelim time of 56.30 on Friday afternoon, Oberlin senior Lilah Drafts-Johnson (Melrose, MA/Melrose) picked up her All-American award by finishing sixth overall in the finals on Saturday with a school record time of 56.10 seconds.
Four additional student-athletes from the NCAC were in action over the course of the two-day national meet, highlighted by Ohio Wesleyan sophomore Megan Sievers (Strongsville, OH/Strongsville) finishing one spot off the All-American podium with a ninth-place finish in the women’s long jump with a distance of 18’00.50”.
A trio of league athletes posted 10th-place finishes in their respective events, including Newton in the women’s weight throw (54’04.50”), Wooster senior Carolyn Webster (Fredericktown, OH/Fredericktown) in the women’s high jump (5’05.00”) and Ohio Wesleyan freshman Cade Richeson (Worthington, OH/Thomas Worthington) in the men’s shot put with a heave of 52’01.25”.
Finally, Allegheny junior Emily Forner (Beaver, PA/Beaver Area) was the last NCAC athlete to compete on Saturday afternoon with a 12th-place finish in the women’s 3,000-meter run with a time of 9:54.97.