HOUSTON –University of Findlay junior Makenzie Torres struggled near the end of her round on Wednesday and is tied for 49th place after the first day of the NCAA Division II women’s golf tournament at Bay Oaks Country Club.
Torres finished with a 6-over-par 78 on the first day of the 54-hole event.
She birdies No. 2 and No. 7 on the front nine for a 1-under 35. She was even-par through 13 before triple bogeying 14 and finishing with bogeys on 15 through 18.
Tarleton State’s Casey Wild and Tampa’s Kiira Riihijarvi share the first-round lead at 69.
Indianapolis leads the 12-team field with a 286-290 lead over Dallas Baptist.
Oilers advance 5
The University of Findlay’s Alex DeVincentis will compete in two events as five UF individuals qualified for next week’s NCAA Division II outdoor track and field national championships.
The meet is scheduled for May 24-26 in Charlotte, N.C.
DeVincentis, a Liberty-Benton graduate who has six All-American finishes in her career, is seeded 12th in the women’s shot put (48-10) and 14th in the discus (160-11½). Hannah Hahler is ranked 11th in the shot put with a mark of 49-5¾.
Three-time All-American Milani Glass is ranked ninth in the 100 hurdles (13.72). Semoy Hemmings will run the 400-meter dash and is seeded 21st with a time of 55.09 seconds.
Trey Everett is Findlay’s lone NCAA qualifier in the men’s meet. He is ranked 12th in the men’s decathlon with 6,980 points.
Two other former area prep standouts qualified for the meet for their respective schools.
Walsh senior Marcus Myers, a Patrick Henry grad, has the top qualifying mark in the men’s hammer throw with a toss of 220-3. His throw is 8-feet better than the second-seeded competitor.
Myers is also seeded 13th in the discus (174-5).
Ashland freshman Trevor Bassitt has the 12th-best time in the men’s 110 high hurdles (14.02) and will run on the Eagles’ sixth-ranked 1,600 relay team (3:09.9).
ONU players honored
ADA — Ohio Northern freshmen Vinh Thai and Hoang Do were named all-Ohio Athletic Conference in men’s tennis for 2017-18 in voting conducted by the league’s nine head coaches.
Thai was named to the first team, while Do was a second team selection.
Thai posted a 13-10 singles record playing exclusively at the No. 1 spot, while Do was 13-9 primarily at No. 2 singles.
The duo also combined to go 16-10 at No. 1 doubles for the Polar Bears.
The Polar Bears posted a 15-9 overall record, finished third in the Conference with a 6-2 league mark and advanced to the semifinals of the OAC Tournament this season.