Top throwers set to compete at UF

Several of the nation’s elite throwers will be on hand Friday as the University of Findlay hosts the Elite Throws Competition as part of the Findlay Open indoor track and field meet at the Malcolm Athletic Center.
The event begins at 3:45 p.m. with the women’s shot put. UF’s Kendra Averesch, a Leipsic graduate ranked second in NCAA Division II, is one of 11 competitors ranked in the top 20 of their collegiate divisions. Also competing is Purdue’s Dani Bunch, ranked second in Division I.
Two-time Division II national champion Derrick Vicars, a UF graduate, will compete in the men’s shot put beginning at 5:15. Youngstown State’s Bobby Grace, ranked eighth in Division I, will also compete.
Two-time Ohio prep state champion Jackie Leppelmeier of McComb will compete in the women’s weight throw that begins at 6. Kent State’s Leppelmeier is ranked 12th in Division I and will challenge Bunch.
Five of the top nine female throwers in Division II are entered, including the Ashland 1-2 duo of Kim Habegger and Jessica Brindenthal.
Highlighting the meet is the men’s weight throw featuring three-time U.S. Olympic hammer thrower A.G. Kruger, who holds the Malcolm Center record weight toss of 80-113/4.
UF’s Justin Welch, the top-ranked Division II thrower this winter, will be joined by Purdue’s Enekwechi Chukwuebuka (No. 1 in Division I) and Mount Union’s Sean Donnelly (No. 1 in Division III) in the event.

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