WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — The University of Findlay women’s golf team improved on their first round score by eight strokes and vaulted into ninth place after two rounds at the Division II National Championship at PGA National Golf Club.

The Oilers, who were 12th after a first-round 318, fired a 310 on Wednesday to total at 628 and sit five strokes behind eighth-place Limestone College (306-317–623).

Indianpolis , the defending national champions, leads the field at 306-299–605.

The top eight teams after 54 holes advance to a match play tournament to determine the team champion.

UF senior Makenzie Torries moved into a tie for 10th place individually at 151 (77-74).

Samantha Hatter , Kristina Kniesly and Jill Schmitmeyer are all in the top 50 for the Oilers.

Hatter (81-78–159) is tied for 43rd, Kniesely (79-81–160) is tied for 48th and Schmitmeyer (81-80) is tied for 50th.

Meredith Wipper isn’t far behind, in a tie for 56th (85-78–163).

Savannah Academy of Art’s Anahi Servin (73-71–144) and California State-San Marcos’ Jaime Jacob (72-72–144) are in a tie for first place in the medalist standings.

TEAM STANDINGS

1, Indianapolis 605. 2, Barry 610. 3, Cal State-San Marcos 613. 4, Florida Tech 618. 7, Lynn, Dallas Baptist & Southwest Oklahoma State 622. 8, Limestone 623. 9, Findlay 628. 10, Arkansas Tech 631. 11, Grand Valley State 632. 12, West Texas A&M 636. 13, Northeastern State 638. 14, Oklahoma Christian 642. 15, Central Missouri & Missouri-St. Louis 661.

ONU’s Thai is POY

ADA — Ohio Northern University sophomore Vinh Thai was named the 2019 Ohio Athletic Conference Player of the Year while four individuals netted all-OAC honors for the 2018-19 men’s tennis season, the league office announced Wednesday morning.

Thai and freshman Noah Elliott both received top-billing from the league’s head coaches, earning first-team all-OAC honors this season. In addition, sophomore Hoang Do was second-team all-OAC honors, and freshman Zach Beaschler (Ada) was named to the honorable mention list.

Thai earned his second consecutive first-team nod and first career OAC Player of the Year honor after posting a 31-14 overall record at the No. 1 singles and No. 1 doubles slots.

Ohio Northern compiled a 14-9 overall record and a 5-2 conference mark to finish third in the league standings during the 2018-19 campaign. In the OAC Tournament, the Polar Bears zipped past sixth-seeded Marietta and second-seeded Otterbein to reach the title match before narrowly falling to John Carroll 5-4.

BU’s Morstadt all-region

BLUFFTON — Bluffton University junior softball player Caylin Morstadt capped off the 2019 campaign by being named all-Central Region by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association. She is a third team all-region selection after being named second team All-Heartland Conference.

Morstadt tied for the HCAC lead with 10 home runs. Morstadt also tied for top honors in the HCAC with 34 RBIs, while her 35 runs were tied for second in the conference.

BU athletes honored

BLUFFTON — A total of 26 Bluffton University student-athletes were named to the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference spring all-academic teams for their respective sports.

Findlay High School graduates Taylor Steinke and Riley Langstaff and Arcadia grad Megan Hill made the list for Bluffton’s softball team.

To be named all-academic HCAC, a student-athlete must have completed a full year at the institution, be a varsity athlete and carry a minimum cumulative grade point average of at least 3.50 through the semester preceding the end of the season.

HCAC All-Academic

SOFTBALL — Kelsey Reeder, Casey Clark, Courtney Jasinski, Caylin Morstadt, Megan Hill (Arcadia), Brianna Baker, Sydney Bowen, Riley Langstaff (Findlay), Katie McCord, Taylor Steinke (Findlay).

BASEBALL — Jordan Stutzman, Parker Reynolds, Adam Duncan, Jacob Latkofsky, Garrett O’Reilly.

GOLF — Julian LaVallee.

TRACK — Jonah Eckert, Maelinn Delong, Dakota Frost, Alexis Cash, Joshua Ehlers, Justin Kauffman, Ciana Hostetler, Bailie Barrington, Kimberly Hetrick, Stephanie Fox.

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