Wabash won its sixth league title and the Oberlin Yeowomen won their first championship at the 2017 NCAC Outdoor Track and Field Championships on Saturday at DePauw University’s Blackstock Stadium in Greencastle, Indiana. The Yeowomen who swept both the Indoor and Outdoor Championships cruised to the women’s title with 260 points followed by Ohio Wesleyan in second-place with 185.5 points, while Wabash edged OWU for the title by a margin of 196-177.
On the men’s side, Wittenberg checked in at third with 117 points followed by Allegheny (103), DePauw (73), Denison (52), Oberlin (39), and Wooster in eighth (32) and Kenyon in ninth (23).
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) swept the NCAC Field Athlete of the Year award at the indoor and outdoor championships after winning the decathlon with 6,381 points and also topping the field in the high jump at a height of 6’04”. Newman also finished second in the long jump (22’08.50”), fifth in the pole vault (13’.5.75”) and seventh in the triple jump (41’.11.25”).
Men's Sprint/Hurdles: Tyler Gittins, Wittenberg
Wittenberg senior Tyler Gittins (Westerville, OH/Columbus Academy) earned the 2017 Athlete of the Year award for sprint and hurdle events after winning the 400-meter hurdles in 54.36 and earned all-conference honors in the 110-meter hurdles, finishing third in 14.91. He also ran a leg on the third-place 4x400-meter relay team that broke the tape in 3:20.62.
Wabash senior Mason McKinney (Lafayette, IN / McCutcheon) is now the second Little Giant in the last three years to win the NCAC Athlete of the Year award for distance and middle distance events after winning the 3,000-meter steeplechase in 9:34.46 and the 5,000-meter run in 15:33.73. McKinney also finished second in the 1,500-meters, crossing the line in 4:05.12.
Men's Coach of the Year: Clyde Morgan, Wabash