NCAC 2018 Indoor T&F Championships Central

Oberlin senior Lilah Drafts-Johnson (L) and Ohio Wesleyan senior Nate Newman (R)
Oberlin senior Lilah Drafts-Johnson (L) and Ohio Wesleyan senior Nate Newman (R)

The Ohio Wesleyan men won their third-straight league title and the Oberlin Yeowomen won the women's crown for the second year in a row at the 2018 NCAC Indoor Track & Field Championships on Saturday at Wabash College's Johnson Track/Knowling Fieldhouse on the campus of Wabash College in Crawfordsville, Indiana. The Yeowomen, who also shared the title with OWU in 2009, topped the team standings at the two-day meet with 197.50 points, which was 20 points better than Ohio Wesleyan's second-place total of 177.50, while the Ohio Wesleyan accumulated 140 team points to win the team title for the third year in a row, with Wabash finishing second behind OWU for the third consecutive season with 125 total points.

The Allegheny women checked in at third with with 102.50 points, followed by Kenyon in fourth (71.00), Wooster in fifth (52.00), Denison and Wittenberg in a tie for sixth with 41.00 points each, and finally DePauw in eighth with 16.50 points.

On the men's side, DePauw finished third with 93 points for its best finish at the NCAC Indoor T&F Championships since joining the league in 2011-12, followed by Allegheny in fourth (89), Wittenberg in fifth (88), Oberlin in sixth (60), Denison in seventh (54), Wooster in eighth (28) and Kenyon in ninth (24).

 

2018 NCAC Indoor Track & Field Championships
March 2-3
Johnson Track/Knowling Fieldhouse
Wabash College 
Crawfordsville, Indiana
Wabash'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 2017-18 NCAC Top Performances
FINAL RESULTS 2018 Men's All-NCAC Performers 2018 Women's All-NCAC Performers

 

Final Team Standings
  MEN 
      WOMEN 
 
1. OHIO WESLEYAN  140   1. OBERLIN  197.5
2.  WABASH 125   2.  OHIO WESLEYAN 177.5
3.  DEPAUW 93   3.  ALLEGHENY 102.5
4.  ALLEGHENY 89   4.  KENYON 71.0
5.  WITTENBERG 88   5.  WOOSTER 52.0
6.  OBERLIN 60   6. DENISON 41.0
7.  DENISON 54     WITTENBERG 41.0
8.  WOOSTER 28   8.  DEPAUW 16.5
9.  KENYON 24        

 

2018 NCAC Women's Indoor Track & Field Athlete of the Year Award Winners:  

Women's Field: Ana Richardson, Oberlin
Oberlin senior Ana Richardson (Eugene, OR/South Eugene) earned the award as the top field athlete over the course of the championship meet after she broke the NCAC record in the weight throw with a toss of 59'06.75" and finished second overall in the shot put with a heave of 42'11.50".

Women's Sprint/Hurdles: Lilah Drafts-Johnson, Oberlin
For the second year in a row, Oberlin senior Lilah Drafts-Johnson (Melrose, MA/Melrose) was crowned the NCAC Women's Sprint/Hurdler of the year after closing out the meet with a pair of individual event titles and another second-place relay finish. Drafts-Johnson topped the field in the 400-meters in a time of 58.67 seconds, before returning to the track just a short time later and capturing the title in the 200-meters in 25.78. She also ran the third leg on the second-place 4x200-meter relay that finished in 1:46.38.

Women's Distance/Middle Distance: Sarah Hevener, Allegheny
Allegheny junior Sarah Hevener (Hilliard, OH/Bradley) collected the award as the league's top distance runner over the course of the meet as she posted a pair victories in the two longest races. First, she broke the tape on Friday night in the 5,000-meter run with a time of 17:57.01, before returning to the track on Saturday afternoon and winning the 3,000-meter run in 10:21.73.

Newcomer of the Year: Jesse Margraf, Allegheny
Allegheny freshman Jesse Margraf (Mechanicsburg, PA/East Pennsboro) won the NCAC's inaugural Newcomer of the Year award after she logged second-place finishes in three different events at the 2018 NCAC Championships. Individually, she finished second in the mile (5:07.02) and the 3,000-meter run (10:25.43), while also running the anchor leg on the second-place distance medley relay that finished in 12:35.30.

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 
Newcomer
of the Year
Coach
of the Year
 
Ana Richardson  Lilah Drafts-Johnson Sarah Hevener Jesse Margraff Ray Appenheimer

 

2018 NCAC Men's Indoor Track & Field Athlete of the Year Award Winners:

Men's Field: Nate Newman, Ohio Wesleyan
Ohio Wesleyan senior Nate Newman (Chillicothe, OH/Zane Trace) earned the NCAC's top honor in field events for the second year in a row and the third time in his career after winning two total field event titles over the course of the championship. He opened his defense of the yearly award last weekend by winning the NCAC heptathlon title for the third year in a row with 4,776 points at Denison. He then won the league title in the high jump for the second year in a row and the third time in his career at a height of 6'07.00", before finishing second overall in the long jump with a distance of 21'11.00" and fourth in the pole vault after clearing 13'11.75". In addition to his success in the field events, Newman also took home the individual title in the 60-meter hurdles in a time of 8.38 seconds.

Men's Sprint/Hurdles: Tyler Gittins, Wittenberg
Wittenberg senior Tyler Gittins (Westerville, OH/Columbus Acad.) was the top men's sprinter and hurdler at the 2018 NCAC Championships with one individual event title and a pair of additional All-NCAC finishes. Gittins crossed the line first in the 200-meter dash in 22.64 seconds, while also finishing second in the 60-meter hurdles (8.40) and third overall in the 400-meters with a time of 50.68 seconds.

Men's Distance/Middle Distance: John Hughes, Allegheny
Allegheny senior John Hughes (Cold Spring, NY/Haldane) is now the first NCAC athlete in 19 years to win the league's top honor in Distance/Middle Distance Events in consecutive years after he won two individual events and placed third as a member of the DMR (10:24.23) at this year's conference meet. He swept the individual distance races contested on Saturday afternoon, first winning the mile in 4:14.53, before closing out his indoor conference career with the league title in the 3,000-meter run with a time of 8:40.99. Denison's Joe Dunham was the last NCAC athlete to win the award in back-to-back years in 1998 and '99.

Newcomer of the Year: Marquis Sena, Ohio Wesleyan
Ohio Wesleyan freshman Marquis Sena (Bronx, NY/Institute for Math & Science) earned the inaugural NCAC Men's Indoor Track & Field Newcomer of the Year award after winning the 60-meter dash in 7.00 seconds and running the third leg on the second-place 4x200-meter relay that finished in 1:31.34.

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

Field
Athlete of the Year 
Sprint/Hurdler
Athlete of the Year 
Distance/Middle Distance
Athlete of the Year 
Newcomer
of the Year
Coach
of the Year
Nate Newman Tyler Gittins John Hughes Marquis Sena Kris Boey

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2018 NCAC Indoor Track & Field Pre-Championship Coaches' Polls 

The Oberlin women are seeking to win the league title for the second year in a row, while the OWU men are in search of their third-straight title and 12th overall. Both squads have been selected as the favorites heading into this year’s meet based on pre-championship balloting by the league coaches. 

Oberlin was the unanimous pick to win the 2018 NCAC Indoor Track & Field women’s title after collecting all eight first-place votes cast by the league coaches for 64 total points, while Ohio Wesleyan was picked second in the poll with 56 points. Allegheny checked in at third with 48 points, followed by Wittenberg (38), Kenyon (32), Wooster (23), Denison (16) and DePauw (11). 

The Yeowomen, under the direction of 14th-year head coach Ray Appenheimer, are in prime position to defend their league title with several athletes entering the championship meet with a top-five mark in the NCAC in either a running or field event. The Yeowomen’s throwing contingent will once again be the focal point of the squad in the field events, led by the senior duo of Monique Newton (Sacramento, CA/Rancho Cordova) and Ana Richardson (Eugene, OR/South). Newton enters the meet with not only the NCAC’s top mark in the shot put, but also the second-best performance in the event this season in the country with a heave of 48’02.75” at the CWRU Spartan Holiday Classic back on December 2nd, while Richardson holds the league’s top mark and the nation’s fourth-best showing in the weight throw with a toss of 60’05.00” at the Ohio State Buckeye Tune-Up on February 16th. Newton also ranks second in the NCAC in the weight throw at 58’07.25” and Richardson is fifth overall in the shot put at 40’09.75”, while sophomore teammate Naeisha McClain (Columbus, GA/Brookstone) ranks second in the shot put (43’05.00”) and sixth overall in the weight throw (50’11.05”). On the track, the Yeowomen have a good balance of runners between the sprint and distance events, led by senior Lilah Drafts-Johnson (Melrose, CA/Melrose) holding the NCAC’s top seed time in both the 200 (26.05) and 400 (57.77). She is joined in the sprinting events by junior Imani Cook-Gist (Santa Monica, CA/Harvard Westlake) who owns the league’s top time this season in the 60 at 7.92 seconds and sits second behind Drafts-Johnson in the 200 with a time of 26.56. Finally, Oberlin will turn to junior Linnea Halsten (Madison, WI/East) and sophomore Shannon Wargo (Lagrange, OH/Keystone) in the distance events, with Halsten holding the top spot in the NCAC in the 5,000 (17:08.87) and Wargo owning the league’s top time in the mile (5:09.58).

In the men’s pre-championship coaches’ poll, Ohio Wesleyan earned six of the possible first-place votes cast for 78 total points, while Wabash garnered the final three first-place votes and finished second overall with 73 total points. Allegheny finished third in the poll with 62 points, followed by Wittenberg (54), DePauw (47), Oberlin (36), Denison (25), Wooster (20) and Kenyon (10). 

Under the direction of 16th-year head coach Kris Boey, the OWU men’s squad enters the championship meet with the NCAC’s top mark in four different individual events and one relay event, highlighted by senior Nate Newman (Chillicothe, OH/Zane Trace) owning the top mark this season in the NCAC in the long jump at 21’09.00”. The Bishops will also look to rack up key points in both throwing events with the emergence of freshman Cade Richeson (Worthington, OH/Thomas Worthington) this season. He enters the meet with the top mark in the NCAC in the shot put at 54’07.25”, which is nearly nine inches better than the next closest competitor, while his mark of 48’00.75” ranks seventh overall in the weight throw. On the track, sophomore Ryan Lesmez (Arlington, VA/Yorktown) owns the NCAC’s top time this season in the mile at 4:17.05, while sophomore Tommy Davis (Clyde, OH/Clyde) ranks seventh in the 200 (23.18), 14th in the 400 (52.71) and 18th in the 60 (7.32). In addition to Davis, the OWU men hold the top-two seed times in the men’s 60-meter dash, with freshman Marquis Sena (Bronx, NY/Institute for Math & Science) topping the field with a time of 7.02 seconds and junior Delontaye Morrow (Medina, OH/Medina) sitting second in 7.09 seconds.

The first scoring events of the 2018 meet, the men’s Heptathlon and the women’s Pentathlon, took place last weekend at Denison. Ohio Wesleyan swept the titles over the weekend with Nate Newman taking home the men’s title for the third year in a row with 4,776 points, while senior Emily Brown (New Concord, OH/John Glenn) earned the women’s crown with 3,135 points. 

2018 North Coast Athletic Conference Indoor Track & Field Pre-Championship Coaches' Polls
(first-place votes in parentheses, followed by total points)

WOMEN   MEN
1. Oberlin (8)  64   1. Ohio Wesleyan (6)  78
2. Ohio Wesleyan  56   2.   Wabash (3) 73
3.  Allegheny  48   3.  Allegheny  62
4.   Wittenberg 38    4.  Wittenberg  54
5.  Kenyon  32   5.  DePauw 47
6.   Wooster 23   6.  Oberlin  36
7.   Denison 16   7.  Denison 25
8.   DePauw 11   8.   Wooster 20
        9.  Kenyon  10