May 23, 2009

 

Courtesy of Marietta College Athletics

The Wartburg ( Iowa) College women scored all 52 of their points and the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh men collected 32 of their 46 points on day three to claim the team titles Saturday (May 23) at the 2009 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championship, hosted by Marietta College.

Wartburg, the 2005 champion, entered the final event of the day--1,600m relay--with 42 points, trailing University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh (50 points) and University of Wisconsin-La Crosse (48 points), and needed a victory to win the women's team crown. Nevada Morrison, Chelsey Jacobs, Jenny Kordick and Hannah Baker came through for the squad and finished in 3:34.48, the nation's best time of the year, giving the school the event title for the third time in as many seasons.

Eight-time champion Wis.-Oshkosh finished runner-up with 50 points, while two-time champion Wis.-La Crosse took third with 48 points.

Wis.-Oshkosh and 2008 champion McMurry (Texas) University took turns holding the team lead in the men's championship during the final day of competition, before the Titans gained the top spot for good following the 5,000m run en route to capturing their first national championship. McMurry had to settle for second place with 40 points, while University of St. Thomas ( Minn.) placed third with 39 points.

In all, the final 26 national champions were awarded on Saturday. In addition, student-athletes set 24 new Don Drumm Stadium records and produced 10 NCAA Division III season's best marks.

University of Wisconsin-La Crosse senior Katie Fondow regained her All-America form in the triple jump by reaching 39-8 to take first place. Fondow finished seventh in 2007 at 38-0 3/4. Her jump Saturday broke the Don Drumm Stadium mark.

Manchester ( Ind.) College junior John Kimmel, who entered with the best jump of the season, didn't disappoint as he jumped 6-11 1/2 inches to easily win the men's high jump. Kimmel finished 12th in last year's championship, and set a Don Drumm Stadium record with this year's jump.

Salisbury ( Md.) University junior Brandon Fugett produced the best throw of the season in the shot put at the right time. Fugett finished first with a throw of 58 -10. Fugett broke the Don Drumm Stadium record in earning his first All-America status in the event.

Anchor leg Patrick Jager took over the lead in the final 50 meters to help lead the University of St. Thomas ( Minn.) to the 4x100-meter relay national championship. The group of James Ewer, Sam Moen, Joe DeFrance and Jager crossed the finish line in 40.76. St. Thomas returned to the All-America podium after a year hiatus. Moen is a repeat member of the relay.

Warburg ( Iowa) College sprinted away from the field in the 4x100-meter relay en route to the national championship. The quartet of Faith Burt, Nevada Morrison, Jenny Kordick and Kelsey Steffens crossed the finish line in 46.21, which set a Division III season's best time and a Don Drumm Stadium record. Steffens helped lead the Knights to the All-America podium for the third-straight year, while Kordick has been a member of the All-America relay for the last two seasons.

Sophomore Ty Griffin from Mount Union ( Ohio) College used a hard kick over the last 100 meters to claim the 1,500-meter national title in a Don Drumm Stadium record time of 3:53.41. Griffin outlasted a handful of seniors who finished second through sixth to claim his first championship title in the event.

After turning in the fastest time in the trials, junior Marie Borner from Bethel (Minn.) University beat the field by nearly a second in the 1,500-meter run to claim her first national title in the event. Borner's time of 4:27.41 is a Don Drumm Stadium record and helped her earn All-America honors for the second straight year after finishing third last season.

Senior Edgar Townsend from Greenville ( Ill.) College became the second straight national champion from the school in the 110-meter hurdles by finishing in 14.24. Townsend earned All-America honors for the second straight year after an eighth-place finish a year ago. Teammate Jarod Renford won the event last season.

Frostburg ( Md.) State University junior Sumer Rohrs continued to dominate the women's 100 and 400-meter hurdles. She posted two Division III season best times on the day. She won the 100-meter hurdles in 13.77, which is also a Don Drumm Stadium record. Rohrs is a two-time champion and three-time All-American in the 100 hurdles. She is also a three-time champion in the indoor competition. In the 400-hurdles, her championship time of 60.05 also ranks as the 10 th best time in the history of the event and helped her to win her first championship in the event. A season ago, Rohrs finished in second place in 60.71 and is now a two-time All-American in the event.

Senior Hanneus Ollison of McMurry (Texas) University took home the 400-meter dash national championship. It was the second-straight year that Ollison has sprinted to the top of the podium. Ollison topped the field and set a Don Drumm Stadium record with a time of 46.65.

University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire senior Liz Kooistra improved on last year's fourth-place finish to take first place in the 400-meter dash in a time of 54.29. Kooistra's time is a Division-III best and a Don Drumm Stadium record. Kooistra also finished eighth in 2006.

Centre (Ky.) College sophomore Chrys Jones' leap of 50-feet-3 1/4 lifted him to a national championship in the men's triple jump.

Senior Ashley Huston of Hardin-Simmons (Texas) University capped off an impressive weekend by winning the women's high jump with a Don Drumm Stadium record height of 5-7. Huston also won the Decathlon on Friday, giving her two national championships on the weekend. Hardin-Simmons is a first-year program, as the school resurrected the women's track and field program this season after a 41-year hiatus. She won the title on a tiebreaker, edging junior runner-up Kaelene Lundstrum of Gustavus Adolphus (Minn.) College, who also cleared 5-7. Huston cleared the final height on her first jump, while Lundstron cleared the bar in her third try.

Montclair (N.J.) State University sophomore Monique Riddick is the national champion in the women's shot put after Division III season best toss of 51-9. Riddick's throw is also a Don Drumm Stadium record.

Springfield (N.Y.) College junior Stephen Headley returned to the awards stand for a second consecutive year in the 100-meter dash, but this time he is the overall champion with a time of 10.51. Headley finished fourth last year.

Posting a Don Drumm Stadium record and a season-best for all of Division III, senior Nora Kuiper of Hope (Mich.) College won the women's 100-meter dash in 11.84. Kuiper also earned All-American honors for the second consecutive year after finishing in fifth place last season.

Junior Emmanuel Bofa from Whitworth (Wash.) University won the 800-meter championship for the second consecutive year and is an All-American for the third straight year. Bofa edged senior Patrick Roach of Messiah (Pa.) College who finished in 1:49.51 by winning the race in 1:48.77. This time marks the eighth-fastest time in the history of the event. Roach went out extremely fast and held a commanding lead after the first 400 meters, but Bofa caught him down the final straight away to capture the title.

Senior Ashley Graybill from St. Norbert (Wis.) College earned her first national title in the 800-meter run by finishing the race in a Don Drumm Stadium record time of 2:09.18. Graybill's time was also the 10th fastest time in Division III history en route to her first-ever All-America award in the 800-meter run.

Three-time All-American Cory Beebe, a junior at Salisbury (Md.) University, ran a Division III-best 51.28 to win the 400-meter hurdles. Beebe finished fifth in 2007 and sixth in 2006 when he ran at Heidelberg (Ohio) University. He also broke his own Don Drumm Stadium record with the run.

Sophomore Eric Woodruff of Moravian (Pa.) College won the men's 200-meter dash in a Don Drumm Stadium record time of 21.06. Woodruff won the title by a slim .20 seconds, edging senior Hanneus Ollison of McMurry (Texas) University. The win is Woodruff's first national title and his first All-America honor in the event.

Improving seven places from a year ago, sophomore Brooke Bell of the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater claimed the national championship in the 200-meter dash. Bell topped the field and set a new Don Drumm Stadium record with a time of 24.25.

Winning his second national championship in two days, and fifth overall for his career, was junior Peter Kosgei of Hamilton (N.Y.) College after topping the field in the 5,000-meter run. Kosgei won his second-consecutive 5,000-meter run national championship in a new Don Drumm Stadium record time of 14:39.03. On Thursday (May 22), he won his third-straight national title in the 3,000-meter steeplechase.

Senior Ayla Mitchell from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh won the women's 5,000-meter run by more than five seconds with a time of 17:14.52. Mitchell's time is a Don Drumm Stadium record.

University of St. Thomas (Minn.) held off a charging Bethel (Minn.) University to win the men's 1600-meter relay. The Tommies' team of Matt Griswold, James Ewer, Joe DeFrance and Patrick Jager finished with a Division III-season's best time of 3:10.60 to win the national title. The time is also a Don Drumm Stadium record. Bethel's Taylor Ferda, Joel Quick, Zach Schlegel and Eric Rhode finished with a 3:11.18.