currently active competitors head a list of stellar
student-athletes named to the North Coast Athletic
Conference’s 20th Anniversary men’s and women’s
indoor track and field teams.
Wittenberg senior Skip Ivery (Columbus, OH/Groveport-Madison), a three-time 55-meter hurdles champion entering this season, tops a list of 11 men’s indoor track stars named to the squad in 13 events. Three 2003 graduates and two of last season’s indoor track MVPs were also selected. Allegheny’s Dan Princic and Jeremy Scott were selected in the 5000 meters and pole vault, respectively, after last year’s middle distance/distance and field MVP performances. Kenyon’s Michael Baird, another 2003 grad, was named in the 3000 meters.
Craig Neeley, who competed for Ohio Wesleyan from 1999-02, was a four-time field MVP and 10-time individual event winner. He was named in the long, triple and high jumps and was the only athlete named in more than one event.
Four-time 55-meter dash champion Clemon Choice from Ohio Wesleyan was selected in that event. Another former Bishop, Tyler Stillman, earns all-decade honors in the 400 meters after he won the event twice. He was named runner of the year and set the current NCAC record in 1999. Wooster alum Tony Kauke was the selection in the 800 meter run. He won the event in 1995 and 1997 and was second in 1998. Two-time runner of the year Joe Dunham of Denison was the top 1500-meter runner. He won the event three times from 1998 to 2000. Case Western Reserve shot putter Ed Kalaher rounds out the men’s team. He won the shot from 1994-96.
Denison seniors Jackie Berner (Fredonia, NY/Fredonia), and Melanie Cluss (Uniontown, PA/Laurel Higlands), and Oberlin senior Shannon Houlihan (Gorham, ME/Gorham) are all current students named to the women’s squad. Berner, a two-time sprint/hurdles MVP, was named in the 55 meters and has won the event in two of the past three years. Cluss, named in the 55-meter hurdles, has won her speciality in each of the past three seasons. Both runners hold the NCAC Championship record in their respective events. Houlihan, voted on in the triple jump, has won the event the past three seasons and also holds the conference mark.
Former Case Western Reserve standout Leslie Kindling, a four-time field MVP was selected in the high jump, an event she won four times from 1992-95. Recent Oberlin alumnae Laura Feeney, the 2003 Middle distance/Distance MVP, was voted on in the 3000 meters. Rounding out the squad was Michelle Poole, who won the 1500 meters for Wooster in 1996 and 1997.
Three-time sprinter of the year Jill Westerfeld of Denison was selected in the 400 meters, an event in which she is the conference record holder. Former Allegheny standouts Nicole Morandi, Amy Shuckert and Jen Surace are on the team for the 5000 meters, 800 meters and pole vault, respectively. Shuckert was middle distance/distance MVP in 1998 and ‘99; Morandi earned the honor in 2002 and is the current NCAC record holder in the 5000. Surace won or was runner-up in the vault three times and owns a share of the conference championship record in the event.
The North Coast Athletic Conference will be announcing 20th Anniversary teams in all 22 sports during the 2003-04 academic year. The NCAC was founded in 1983 and began competition in the fall of 1984. The North Coast’s commitment to equity, its broad base of athletic programs and an unwavering insistence on excellence in academics has served as a model for conferences throughout the country.
The NCAC’s 20th Anniversary teams were selected in each sport through balloting by present and former coaches and administrators. Athletes who participated in conference competition between the fall of 1993 through the spring of 2003 were eligible for selection.