College track: Oilers get four, top-eight finishes

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — There were no NCAA championships Saturday but two more Univeristy of Findlay men earned All-American awards at the NCAA Division II Indoor Track and Field Championships at JDL Fast Track.
A day after Justin Welch became the school’s fourth indoor track and field champion by winning the weight throw, teammates Dillon Webster and Marcus Vicars earned spots on the awards stand.
Webster was nipped in a tight finish in the finals of the 800-meter run as he posted a time of 1:49.94 and finished second to Ashland’s Drew Windle by just 19-hundredths of a second.
It was the third All-American honor won by the junior from New Bremen, who holds the school record in the event. Webster was on the Oilers’ 1,600-meter relay team that finished in the top eight in 2012 and 2013.
Senior Marcus Vicars earned the second All-American award of his career in the indoor shot put.
Vicars had a toss of 56-9¼ in his first attempt of the day. He added throws of 56-4 and 56-7¼ in the prelims and finished with a toss of 55-6 and a pair of fouls in the finals to end up in eighth place.
Adams State’s Wesley Lavong fouled five times but uncorked a winning toss of 63-11¾ on his second attempt of the day.
UF junior Demorrio Leggett failed to place in the long jump. He was seeded seventh but fouled on his first two jumps and passed on his last attempt of the day.
The Oilers finished eighth overall in the 49-team field with 24 points. St. Augustine edged Adams State 84½-83 for the team championship.
The University of Findlay women’s team, meanwhile, scored top-eight finishes in a pair of events.
Junior Kendra Averesch, a Leipsic native, led the Oilers as she saved her best for last in the women’s shot put.
Averesch uncorked a throw of 51-0 on her sixth and final throw to vault from eighth place to fourth and earn her second straight indoor All-American award.
It was a tightly bunched field as Georgian Court’s Tiffany Okieme won the event with a toss of 52-2½.
Findlay also medaled in the meet’s final event, the 1,600 relay.
Hardin Northern product Shelby Stump teamed with Maud Sanmiquel, Adriana Powell-Lawrence and Kirsten Gaerke to end up in seventh in 3:49.43.
Senior Pam Showman, the school record-holder in the pentathlon, just missed All-American honors in her specialty.
She finished ninth among 15 competitors with 3,698 points. She was just four points behind Ashland’s Jennifer Bjelac. Central Missouri’s Erin Alewine won the event with 3,926 points.
Showman was fourth in the 800 (2:21.67), fifth in the 60 hurdles (8.87), seventh in the shot put (35-8¾), eighth in the high jump (5-4½) and 11th in the long jump (16-9¼) for the Oilers.
Adams State topped Johnson C. Smith for the women’s team title 67-59. The Oilers finished in a tie for 29th with seven points.


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