The 2018 NCAC Outdoor Track & Field Championships will be held this weekend, May 4-5, at The Robertson Athletic Complex on the campus of Allegheny College in Meadville, Pennsylvania. The championship meet begins on Friday with field events beginning at 12:00 p.m. and running events starting at 3:00 p.m., and concludes on Saturday with field events starting at 10:00 a.m. and running events kicking off at 2:15 p.m.
League coaches conducted pre-championship polling last week and have predicted that Ohio Wesleyan will win what would be its league-leading ninth men’s outdoor title, while the Oberlin women were selected as the favorites to win the women’s crown for the second year in a row after the Yeowomen claimed the top prize for the first time in program history last spring.
|2018 NCAC Outdoor Track & Field Championships
The Robertson Athletic Complex
|Schedule of Events||Live Scoring -- Live Video||Performance List||Tickets|
|NCAC Records||Men's Year-by-Year Event Winners||Women's Year-by-Year Event Winners||2018 NCAC Top Performances|
|Men's All-NCAC Performers||Women's All-NCAC Performers|
|Championship Apparel (code: ncactrackfield)|
|FINAL TEAM STANDINGS
The Oberlin Yeowomen were the unanimous pick to win the 2018 NCAC women’s outdoor title as they earned all eight first-place votes cast by the league coaches for 64 total points. Ohio Wesleyan, which has won a league-record 14 NCAC women’s outdoor titles, was second in the poll with 56 points, followed by Allegheny (48), Kenyon (39), Wooster (27), Wittenberg (26), Denison (20) and DePauw (8). The Yeowomen, who are under the direction of head coach Ray Appenheimer for the 14th year in a row, head into action at this weekend with the top performance mark in the NCAC in 10 of the 21 events. Leading the way for the Yeowomen on the track is senior sensation Lilah Drafts-Johnson (Melrose, MA/Melrose) with the league’s top seed time in three different events, including the 200-meters (24.94), 400-meters (56.25) and the 400-meter hurdles (59.84). She remains the only women’s runner in Div. III this season to post a sub-minute time in the 400-meter hurdles, while her time in the 400-meter run also ranks seventh in the nation. A pair of sophomores are also expected to perform well on the track for the Yeowomen this weekend as Oona Jung-Beeman (Wilmette, IL/New Trier) and Shannon Wargo (LaGrange, OH/Keystone) enter the weekend with the top two seed times in the league in the 800-meter run at 2:18.79 and 2:1.85, respectively. Wargo also ranks second overall in the 1,500-meter run at 4:41.70. In field events, sophomore Grace Finney (Grand Forks, ND/Central) owns the top mark in the NCAC this season in the pole vault at 12’00.00”, while the throwing contingent will once again be expected to rack up key team points for the squad. Seniors Monique Newton (Sacramento, CA/Rancho Cordova) and Ana Richardson (Eugene, OR/South) lead the throwing unit for the Yeowomen, with Newton holding the league’s top marks to date in three different events, including the shot put (47’05.25”), discus (154’05.00”) and hammer (176’10.00”). In those same three events, Richardson ranks fourth in the shot put (38’09.75”), third in the discus (140’04.00”) and second in the hammer (168’00.00”).
The Ohio Wesleyan men, winners of eight total NCAC outdoor titles, earned six of the available first-place votes cast by the league coaches to earn the top spot in the pre-championship poll with 73 total points. Wabash, which has won six of the last seven outdoor titles, collected the final three first-place votes to finish second behind the Bishops with 73 points. DePauw finished third overall with 65 points, while Wittenberg was fourth with 45 and Allegheny fifth overall with 40 points. The final two positions had a pair of ties as Denison and Oberlin shared the sixth spot with 38 points each, while Kenyon and Wooster were deadlocked in eighth with 14 points apiece. The OWU men, who will be led by head coach Kris Boey in his 17th year with the program, enter the meet with an extremely young squad this year, but senior Nate Newman (Chillicothe, OH/Zane Trace) is back for his final championship meet as a Bishop. Newman, who won the men’s decathlon title for the third time in his career last weekend, is expected to be one of the top scorers in the meet this year as he enters the weekend with the league’s top mark to date in the high jump (6’04.75”), the second best time in the 110-meter hurdles (15.02) and the second best height in the pole vault (14’07.25”) as well as the fourth longest leap in the long jump at 21’05.25”. The Bishops also have a strong trio of sprinters lined up for the championship meet, with freshman Marquis Sena (Bronx, NY/Inst. for Math & Science) owning the third best time in the league in the 100 (10.98), while the tandem of sophomore Justin Friday (Ft. Washington, MD/Georgetown Day, DC) and junior Tommy Davis (Clyde, OH/Clyde) sit two-three in the 200 at 22.19 and 22.24, respectively. The Bishops also have a pair of strong sophomore runners in the mid-distance events as Darcy Isaiah (Akron, OH/Firestone) ranks second in the league in the 800 (1:56.45) and Ryan Lesmez (Arlington, VA/Yorktown) is third overall in the 1,500 (3:59.48). In the field events, sophomore Jayson Blankenship (Medina, OH/Medina) owns the top mark in the league this season in the pole vault at 14’07.50”, while freshman Cade Richeson (Worthington, OH/Thomas Worthington) is one of the top throwers in the NCAC in his rookie season, ranking first in the league in both the shot put (54’08.75”) and discus (152’07.00”).
The first scoring events of the 2018 NCAC meet, the men’s decathlon and the women’s heptathlon, took place last weekend at Oberlin, with Newman taking home the men’s decathlon title for the second year in a row and the third time in his career with an NCAC-record score of 6,832 points, while OWU senior Emily Brown (New Concord, OH/John Glenn) won the women’s heptathlon title for the second year in a row after accumulating 4,235 total points over the two days of competition.
2018 North Coast Athletic Conference Outdoor Track & Field Pre-Championship Coaches' Polls
|1.||Oberlin (8)||64||1.||Ohio Wesleyan (6)||78|
|2.||Ohio Wesleyan||56||2.||Wabash (3)||73|