The 2015 NCAA Division III Track & Field Championships will be held this weekend (May 21-23) at St. Lawrence University in Canton, New York.
The North Coast Athletic Conference will once again be well represented at the national meet as eight of nine institutions that sponsor track & field will have at least one representative. A total of 26 NCAC student-athletes will compete in New York.
There are 10 female student-athletes that will represent the NCAC in 12 different individual events, led by a trio of student-athletes competing in multiple individual events. Oberlin Senior Carey Lyons (Tacoma, WA/Stadium) enters her final championship meet as the 13th seed in the 3,000-meter steeplechase (10:49.39) and the 22nd seed in the 5,000-meter run with a time of 17:14.48. Lyon’s teammate, freshman Monique Newton (Sacramento, CA/Rancho) heads into her first championship meet with a pair of top-15 seeds in field events. Newton is seeded 12th in the shot put (13.93m) and 14th in the discus throw (44.60m). Finally, Denison junior Aedin Brennan (Fairport, NY/Allendale Columbia) will make her third-straight outdoor championship meet appearance, entering this weekend as the fifth-seed in the heptathlon (4,850) and sixth-seed in the triple jump (12.08m).
Ohio Wesleyan will be well represented on the women’s side, sending four individuals to the championship meet, led by junior Sara Johnson (Dublin, OH/Coffman). Johnson enters the weekend with the highest pre-championship seed of any NCAC student-athlete, seeded third in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 14.01. The Bishops will be represented in the distance events by sophomore Sarah Fowler (Mt. Vernon, OH/Fredericktown) and junior Abbey Warth (Massillon, OH/Tuslaw). Fowler is seeded sixth in the 3,000-meter steeplechase (10:42.13) and Warth earned the seventh-seed in the 1,500-meter run with a time of 4:30.61. Freshman Emily Brown (New Concord, OH/John Glenn) competes in her first championship meet to round out the OWU contingent as the 11th seed in the long jump (5.73m).
Allegheny senior Lexi Mochan (Walworth, NY/Gananda) returns to the national outdoor meet seeded 12th in the hammer throw with a mark of 52.91m. Wittenberg junior Brea Medlock (Galena, OH/Big Walnut), coming off her first national meet at the 2015 Indoor Championship, enters the weekend seeded 21st in the 200-meter dash (24.91), while Wooster junior Hilary Coady (Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia/Choate Rosemary Hall, CT) will compete in the 400-metere hurdles for the second-straight year, seeded 13th with a time of 1:02.02.
On the men’s side, 16 student-athletes will represent the NCAC in 10 individual events, led by DePauw junior Marcus Dozier (South Bend, IN/Riley) who enters fourth in the discus throw with a mark of 53.36m and sixth in the shot put with a throw of 16.95m. Joining Dozier in the throwing events will be seniors Derek De St Jean (St. John, IN/Hanover) of Wabash and Michael Petro (Bolivar, PA/Ligonier Valley) of Allegheny. De St Jean is seeded 17th in the discus throw (50.66m), while Petro’s mark of 57.80 meters has him seeded 15th in the hammer throw.
Rounding out the NCAC contingent for field events are Wabash sophomore Christian Rhodes (Indianapolis, IN/Brebeuf Jesuit), Denison junior Wallace Branche (Charlotte, NC/Woodberry Forest School (Va.)) and Wittenberg junior Justin Fisher (Fort Wayne, IN/Carroll). Rhodes is seeded eighth in the pole vault (4.92m), while Branche with a jump of 14.56m and Fisher with a leap of 14.53m are seeded 11th and 17th respectively in the triple jump.
Wabash senior Ronnie Posthauer (Ladoga, IN/Fountain Central) leads a trio of NCAC entrants in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 14.28, good enough to be seeded fourth. Joining Posthauer is Wabash junior Adam Wadlington (Indianapolis, IN/Lawrence North) and Ohio Wesleyan junior Roemello Cook (Akron, OH/Buchtel) who are seeded 16th (14.60) and 18th (14.62), respectively. In the 400-meter hurdles, Wabash senior Joel Whttington (Terre Haute, IN/Northview) is seeded 11th with a time of 53.12.
The NCAC will be well represented in the distance events, led by Ohio Wesleyan junior Zachary Geiger (New Concord, OH/John Glenn) who is seeded seventh in the 3,000-meter steeplechase with a time of 9:07.66. Geiger will be joined in the steeplechase by a pair of Wabash runners as junior Adam Togami (New Albany, IN/New Albany) is seeded eighth (9:07.96) and senior Nick Boyce (Indianapolis, IN/Chatard) is the 11th seed (9:10.99). In the 5,000 meter run, Wabash junior Fabian House (Muncie, IN/Muncie Central) leads a duo of NCAC runners, seeded 17th (14:35.03), while Oberlin junior Geno Arthur (Camarillo, CA/Rio Mesa) is seeded 18th (14:36.09).
Wittenberg senior Justin Yates (Dayton, OH/Bellbrook) rounds out the list of league competitors in individual running events as the 18th seed in the 400-meter dash (48.01).