PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. — The University of Findlay women’s golf team shot a first-round 318 Tuesday and are 12th in the team standings at the Division II National Championship at PGA National Golf Club.
The Oilers are 19 strokes back of first-round leader California-State San Marcos (299) and are six strokes behind eighth-place Grand Valley State (312).
The top eight teams after 54 holes advance to a match play tournament to determine the team champion.
UF senior Makenzie Torres led the way with a 77 and is tied for 28th overall.
Sophomore Kristina Kniesly is tied for 40th after scoring a 79.
Freshman Jill Schmitmeyer and senior Samantha Hatter are each tied for 57th with an 81 while Meredith Whipper shot an 85 and is in 83rd.
Claire Hogle of Cal-State San Marcos scored a 4-under 69 to build a three-stroke edge in the medalist standings.
Track athletes selected
The University of Findlay outdoor track and field team is sending five athletes to the men’s and women’s Division II National Championships from May 23-25 in Kingsville, Texas.
Eldred Henry, the indoor shot put national champion, is the top seed in the men’s shot put at 20.56 meters — 1.6 meters higher than the next competitor.
Henry also the ninth seed in the discus (54.80).
Fellow senior and Liberty-Benton grad Austin Combs will compete in two throwing events, too. He’s the sixth seed in hammer throw (64.84) and 24th in the shot put (17.30).
Lenell Shelby III is ranked seventh in the men’s 400-meter hurdles (51.80) and 17th in the 110 hurdles (14.20).
Xavier Marable is seeded 20th in the 400-meter dash (47.23).
Hannah Hahler is the lone representative for the the women’s team and is seeded 13th in the shot put (15.37).
Combs, Henry, Shelby, Marable and Hahler (discus) also earned all-region selections by the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) in their respective events.
Marable also was an all-region selection in the 1,600 relay with Lane Kolb and Gavin Stepansky while Gabe Makin did so in the pole vault.