AURORA, Colo. — University of Findlay senior Kasey Petty is ninth individually and the Oilers are fifth after the opening day of the NCAA Division II women’s golf national championships at CommonGround Golf Course.
The Oilers finished the first day of the 72-hole, four-day event with 299 strokes, the second-lowest team score in school history.
Findlay came out on fire on the front nine as they combined for 11 birdies to enter the turn at 2-under par. They cooled off a bit on the back nine, but still posted 14 birdies on the day.
Their birdie total was the second-most by a team in the first round.
Petty fired a 1-over par 73. She opened the front nine with a 2-under 34 and finished the back nine with a 39.
Freshman Samantha Hatter finished one stroke behind Petty and is tied for 16th with a 74.
Junior Shelby Warner is tied for 28th with a 3-over par 75 while freshman Makenzie Torres is tied for 38th with a 77.
Sophomore Kelsey Koesters is in 70th place with an 84.
Nova Southeastern and Rollins are tied for the lead at the tournament with a 2-over 290 while Nova Southeastern’s Mailen Domecq Chantry had the best individual round with a 3-under par 69.
1, Nova Southeastern & Rollins 290. 2, Dallas Baptist 293. 4, Augustana 297. 5, Findlay 299. 6, Indianapolis 300. 7, Tarleton State 301. 8, Grand Valley State 302. 9, Northeastern State 304. 10, St. Leo 305. 11, West Texas A&M 309. 12, Missouri Western State 327.
Lankton is All-American
University of Findlay senior Sarah Lankton has been tabbed a second-team NCAA Division II All-American by the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association.
Lankton, who earned third team All-American honors last year, was a first-team all-region pick during her senior season. She was also named first-team all-Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference and was voted the GLIAC Midfielder of the Year for the third consecutive season.
A four-time, first-team all-league pick, Lankton capped her career with 55 goals, 16 assists, 66 ground balls, 101 draw controls and 26 caused turnovers during the 2016 campaign. She also led Findlay to its first appearance in the GLIAC Championship.
The Carmel, Ind. native ended her career with 262 goals, 79 assists, 299 ground balls, 427 draw controls and 120 caused turnovers, all Findlay records.
UF tracksters all-region
A total of 22 University of Findlay track and field athletes earned all-district honors as the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association released its all-region selections for the 2016 outdoor season.
To be named all-region, an athlete must be in the top five of an individual event in the region or be part of a top-three relay team.
Senior Michael Bruce was the only multi-event all-region performer in for the men’s team as he collected all-Midwest Region honors in the long jump and triple jump.
Junior Ben Hahler (shot put) and Trey Everett (high jump) also made the list.
Senior Maud Sanmiquel led the UF women with four all-region awards in the 100 and 400 hurdles and as a member of the Oilers’ 400 and 1,600 relays teams.
The University of Findlay track teams will compete in the NCAA Division II national championships May 26-28 in Bradenton, Florida.
Sanmiquel was joined on the 400 relay team by Symphony Cooke, Milani Glass and Ottawa-Glandorf grad Madison Stechschulte. Glass, who was also all-region in the 100 hurdles, Samantha Grippe and Laura Hernandez joined Sanmiquel on the all-region 1,600 relay team.
Grippe was also all-region in the 800 while Bluffton native Lydia Guagenti garnered all-region honors in the heptathlon and high jump.
Liberty-Benton grad grad Alex DeVincentis led the Oilers’ throwers by picking up all-region in the shot put and discus. L-B grad Liz Streacker (hammer throw) and Erica King (hammer throw) were also all-region selections.
Riverdale’s Manns signs
MOUNT BLANCHARD — Riverdale’s Aubreah Manns is expected to sign a National Letter of Intent to compete in track and field and cross country at the University of Findlay today at the high school.
Manns, a standout middle distance runner, also was a key member of the school’s girls soccer squad.
She was a Division III state qualifier in the 800-meter run last year for the Falcons.