A total of 14 athletes (10 women and four men) from the University of Findlay have qualified for the NCAA national outdoor track and field championships field that was released Tuesday.
Five of the 14 qualifiers have local ties.
Lydia Guagenti (Bluffton) qualified in the high jump and heptathlon.
Guagenti took fourth in the high jump last season and finished sixth at the indoor national meet this year.
Alex DeVincentis (Liberty-Benton) qualified in the shot put and the discus, Liz Streacker (Liberty-Benton) qualified in the hammer throw and Madison Stechschulte (Ottawa-Glandorf) will compete with Symphony Cooke, Milani Glass and Maud Sanmiquel in the 400 relay.
Glass, Sanmiquel, Laura Hernandez and Samantha Grippe qualified in the 1,600 relay with Grippe also making it in the 800.
Glass and Sanmiquel each earned a spot in the 100 hurdles while Sanmiquel also will run in the 400 hurdles.
On the men’s side, Austin Combs (Liberty-Benton) will compete in the hammer throw. Ben Hahler doubled up and will in both the discus and shot put.
Michael Bruce made the long jump and the triple jump while Trey Everett qualified for the high jump.
The NCAA Division II championships will take place May 26-28 in Bradenton, Florida at IMG Academy.
ONU women win title
ADA — The Ohio Northern women’s sports teams have won the Ohio Athletic Conference all-sports trophy for the 2015-16 season.
Ohio Northern won the all-sports trophy with 79 points. Mount Union claimed second with 74 points and Otterbein took third with 74.
It was the Polar Bears’ 10th all-sports award and first since 2012.
Six of Ohio Northern’s 10 women’s teams finished among the top of the conference.
Women’s basketball led the way by winning the OAC regular season title with a conference record of 17-1.
Women’s soccer, softball, women’s tennis, women’s track and field, and volleyball all claimed second-place during their respective seasons.
The women’s golf team and women’s swimming and diving team finished third, while women’s cross country finished fourth and women’s lacrosse sixth.
1. Ohio Northern 79, 2. Mount Union 74, 3. Otterbein 74, 4. John Carroll 66, 5. Baldwin Wallace 55, 6. Capital 48, 7. Heidelberg 47, 8. Muskingum 31.
Softball players honored
ADA — Ohio Northern’s Amanda Lahti, Kirsten Lightel and Kylie Asmus earned National Fastpitch Coaches Association’s all-central region honors.
Lahti was named second-team utility player, while Lightel earned second-team honors as a pitcher and Asmus earned third-team accolades.
Lahti led the Polar Bears with 43 RBIs and two triples. The senior recorded 46 hits with 23 runs scored, ranking her third in the Ohio Athletic Conference.
Lightel led ONU in the circle, collecting a team-high 15 wins. The sophomore posted a 1.95 earned run average and 122 strikeouts through 1471/3 innings of work.
Asmus led Ohio Northern at the plate by recording a team-high 62 hits and 13 doubles.
The freshman also led the team in home runs (4), slugging percentage (.610), and batting average (.425).
The Polar Bears concluded the season 24-19 overall and second in the OAC with a mark of 11-7.
BU players selected
BLUFFTON — Four Bluffton University baseball players earned honorable mention all-league honors as the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference released its all-conference selections for 2016.
Seniors Travis Clark, Jason Colliver and juniors Luke Hickey and Taylor Gambrell made the honorable mention list for the Beavers.
In conjunction with the all-Heartland Conference awards, the conference named Jason Colliver to the all-HCAC Sportsmanship Team for the 2016.