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UF roundup: Averesch, Powell-Lawrence win titles

HILLSDALE, Mich. — Kendra Averesch and Adrianna Powell-Lawrence won individual championships on Sunday in leading the University of Findlay women’s team to a third-place finish in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference indoor track and field championships at Hillsdale College.
Alexander Zolotoglavyy won the men’s long jump title on Saturday for UF and was named the GLIAC’s Men’s Freshman Field Athlete of the Year. Powell-Lawrence was named Women’s Freshman Track Athlete of the Year for the UF women, who scored 75 points to finish behind Grand Valley State and Ashland. Grand Valley also won the men’s title, with Ashland second, Tiffin third and UF fourth (63.5).
Averesch’s winning toss of 50 feet, 10 inches in the shot put was also an NCAA automatic qualifying throw and earned the UF junior a second straight bid to the indoor national championships. Powell-Lawrence also posted an NCAA provisional qualifying time in winning the women’s 400-meter dash in 57.23.
UF’s 1,600 relay team of Maud Sanmiquel, Pam Showman, Kirsten Gaerke and Hardin Northern graduate Shelby Stump was second in an NCAA qualifying time of 3:53.48. Also finishing second was Lilia Malyarova in the triple jump (38-11).
On Saturday, Showman was second in the pentathlon with 3,664 points. Her best marks came from second-place finishes in the 800 meter run (2nd, 2:24.93) and the shot put (35-81/2). Bluffton grad Lydia Guagenti, who won the high jump portion of the event with an NCAA provisional qualifying jump of 5-6, was fifth with a score of 3,321. Sanmiquel won the 800 (2:23.93) and finished sixth (3,268).
Zolotoglavyy earned UF’s only individual title in the men’s competition with a winning effort of 23-113/4 in Saturday’s long jump. The Oilers earned plenty of appearances on the awards podium over the two-day competition, though.
Dillon Webster placed second in the 800 on Sunday (1:52.280) and Demorrio Legget was second in the triple jump (49-41/2). Marcus Vicars in the shot (56-73/4) and the 1,600 relay team of Webster, Derek Collins, Maliik Briggs, and Elmwood grad Kyle Smithey (3:18.60) placed third.
Jacob Miller turned in the third-best pole vault (13-51/4) and was seventh overall in the men’s heptathlon (4,276 points). Ben Hahler was ninth (53-81/2) and Justin Welch 11th (51-41/4) with NCAA provisional throws in the shot.
Welch was second on Saturday in the weight throw with an NCAA Division II automatic qualifying distance of 70-71/4. Smithey, Webster, Hayes and Eilerman were third in the distance medley relay (10:01.54).
UF athletes with national qualifying marks will now prepare for the NCAA Division II National Championship to be held March 14-15 in Salem, N.C.
Lacrosse drops two
NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. — Merrimack overcame two three-goal deficits and edged the University of Findlay 16-15 in triple overtime in a women’s lacrosse match Sunday in North Andover, Mass.
Sarah Lankton scored seven goals for UF, including clutch scores to force both the first and second overtime periods. She also scored UF’s first goal in the third overtime, before Merrimack ralied to win it.
Taylor Trice, Kyra Bradley and Nicole Stines added two goals each for Findlay, which led 3-0 in the first half and 10-7 in the second. Katie Poorman stopped eight shots in goal.
On Saturday, St. Anselm got off to a fast start in rolling up a 17-3 halftime lead and beat UF in the season opener for both teams.
GLIAC men’s tourney set
The University of Findlay will host Hillsdale College at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the quarterfinal round of the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference men’s basketball tournament.
The two teams just met on Thursday as Hillsdale racked up an 86-67 win over the Oilers. Findlay is seeded second in the tournament after winning a tiebreaker over Walsh as both teamed finished 21-5 overall and 17-5 in GLIAC play.
Lake Superior State (18-4 GLIAC) is the top seed and hosts Malone on Wednesday. Other quarterfinal matchups include fourth-seeded Michigan Tech hosting fourth seed Grand Valley State and No. 3 seed Walsh welcoming No. 6 seed Northwood.
The highest remaining seed after the quarterfinals will host tournament’s semifinals and final on Saturday and Sunday, Mar. 9.
The winner of the GLIAC Men’s Basketball Tournament will receive an automatic bid to the NCAA Division II Midwest Regional Tournament.
Baseball splits pair
The University of Findlay baseball team kept things alive with a game-tying run in the bottom of the eighth inning and scored the game-winner in the 11th in beating Lewis University 7-6 in the second game of a doubleheader in Florida on Sunday.
The win was the first of the season for UF, and the first for new Oilers’ head coach Stephen Parrill.
A UF error in the top of the seventh inning allowed Lewis to tie the game 5-5 and force extra innings. The Oilers got a gift run back in the bottom of the eighth, though, when a passed ball tied it 6-6 and kept the game alive.
In the bottom of the 11th, Nick Antonides lined a one-out single and Kris Hayward, who was beaned five times in Sunday’s two games, was hit by a pitch. Jordan Garcia then delivered an RBI single to win it.
Alex Williams got the win in relief. Tyler Donaldson tripled in two runs and added a base hit, Joe Sickler had two RBI singles and Reid Rothelbuhler drove in a run with a sacrifice fly.
In Sunday’s opener, Lewis plated three runs in the first inning and held on for a 4-2 win over the Oilers. Antonides drove in both UF runs with a second-inning double.

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