A Page -- April 5, 2011



Lake Erie Women's Lacrosse to Host 

Slippery Rock in Lax-4-Life Game 

Tuesday

The Storm will wear special LAx-4-Life T-shirts during warm-ups of their home opener on April 5 to bring attention to the Lax-4-Life campaign to support suicide prevention awareness 

By Jason Tirotta

PAINESVILLE --  For the second straight year the Lake Erie College women’s lacrosse team will take part in the Lax-4-Life suicide prevention campaign.  Lax-4-Life is a national campaign across all levels of lacrosse to provide and support programs geared toward adolescent and young adult suicide prevention awareness.


The Division II Storm’s first home game on Tuesday, April 5, against Slippery Rock University, will be part of the initiative. First draw for that match will be at 7 p.m. at Jack Britt Memorial Stadium in Painesville.

The Lax-4-Life initiative was originated two years ago in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference to raise support for teen suicide awareness and prevention. This year it has grown to include schools from all three NCAA divisions and more than 60 NCAA women’s lacrosse programs will participate.

Lake Erie has once again purchased special t-shirts to wear during the pregame warm-ups. Both Slippery Rock and the Storm will wear their shirts before Tuesday’s game while coaches from both teams will wear the shirts throughout the contest.

Fans can contribute to the cause by donating at the game to the Allyson Rose Green Memorial Foundation, which was created to honor the memory of Allyson Green, who lost her life to a suicide at the age of 15. Green, a high school lacrosse player, was the younger sister of former West Chester University goalie Mary Beth Green.

Over the past two seasons, Lax-4-Life has contributed more than $17,000 to the Allyson Green Foundation and, according to Lax-4-Life officials, the amount of money raised to date in 2011 alone already exceeds that figure.

Donation bins will be set up on-site for fans to contribute. 

For more information on the Lax-4-Life program, click here for a feature on the initiative from Lacrosse Magazine or go to the program’s Facebook page.

Additional information on the Allyson Green Foundation can be found here:


DeDoes Tabbed NCAC Pitcher of the Week

Story Reported by Mike Mancini

4/4/2011 5:14:26 PM

Westlake – Oberlin College right-handed hurler Mattie DeDoes was named as the North Coast Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Week, the league office announced on Monday afternoon. 

The freshman from Ann Arbor, Michigan, was simply outstanding in his two starts during the Yeomen’s spring break trip, as he did not allow a single run en route to earning first collegiate wins by beating Gustavus and Thomas. 
Mattie Dedoes

He worked five scoreless innings against the Gusties and allowed just two hits. He followed with 6.2 innings of solid work against Thomas as he struck out four and surrendered just three hits in the win. 

The lanky 6-foot-3 product also appeared out of the pen against Wittenberg and threw one bad pitch that cost him a two-run home run. 

Yeomen Tracksters Have Three 

Student/Athletes of the Week

NCAC Track


Story Reported by Mike Mancini

4/4/2011 5:45:18 PM
Westlake, Ohio – The Oberlin College track and field teams began their outdoor season over the weekend and had three athletes, Josh Gallagher, Shawn Chrapczynski and Jasmine Owens, honored by the NCAC for their efforts. 

Chrapczynski was tabbed as the Men’s Sprits/Hurdles Athlete of the Week. Coming off an impressive indoor season, the native of nearby Lorain, Ohio, picked up right where he left off as he placed sixth in the 200 meters (22.40) and was 12th in the 100 meters (11.13) as the Washington University Invite. 

Gallagher continued to impress in the throwing events as he garnered Field Athlete of the Week Honors. The native of West Harrison, New York, was second in the shot put (47-04.25), second in the discus (146-10) and fourth in the hammer with a school record toss of 148-08. 

Owens, a sophomore from Thurmnan, Ohio, was named as the Women’s Field Athlete of the Week as she placed sixth in the long jump by covering 16-07. That mark is the best in the NCAC so far this season


Warriors Sweep DH versus Toledo Central Catholic 

Pitching staff sparkles as Maroon & Gold improves to 3-0 on the young year 

Game One

Battery provides energy as Marsinek and Brown shine 
Nogalo and Romans also chip in multi-hits days in total team effort 

April 2, 2011 – CUYAHOGA FALLS - The Walsh Jesuit Varsity Baseball Team won Game One of a double header against Toledo Central Catholic by a score of 11-1 behind the stellar effort of junior LHP Michael Marsinek and battery mate Sophomore Cassidy Brown. Marsinek, a southpaw, allowed only a single hit in five innings pitched, striking out nine while Brown was two for three on the day with his first home run of the year, two RBI, and two runs scored. Senior Slippery Rock recruit Jake Nogalo and Freshman Nate Romans also contributed multi-hit days, with Romans also providing three RBI. Also hitting well on the day was senior Slipper Rock recruit Kolton Snyder, Senior Nate Lundy, Juniors, Dane O’Driscoll, Zack Leonatti, Graeme Frye, and Drew Miletti (who had several loud outs, a hit and two RBI as well), and Freshman Frankie Cioffi. Pitching a solid inning of relief was Sophomore Bennet Stuffel. 

Game Two

Faix, Brown, and Lundy save the day in extra inning thriller 
Romans and Frye also contribute offensively in nail biter

April 2, 2011 -- The Walsh Jesuit Varsity Baseball Team secured the sweep in Game Two of a double header against Toledo Central Catholic by a score of 4-3 in an extra inning thriller. The back-and-forth game saw WJ behind by a run and needing a stop in the 5th, and Senior lefthander Tim Faix sparkled. The lefty Kent State recruit came on and promptly threw two perfect innings of relief, striking out three of the six batters he faced as the WJ Nine tied the game in the bottom of the sixth as Senior Nate Lundy singled and came around to eventually score on a sacrifice fly by Junior Drew Miletti. Coming on to pitch and earn his first Warrior pitching win was Sophomore Cassidy Brown, who battled extremely well after catching so many innings on the day, striking out three in his two innings of work, allowing only a single baserunner. Senior Nate Lundy celebrated his birthday in fine fashion with a leadoff double to begin the eighth, advancing to third on a single by Junior Graeme Frye and eventually scoring the walk-off run for the victory. Also hitting well in the second game was again Freshman Nate Romans and Cassidy Brown.
 
With the win, the Maroon and Gold improve to 3-0 on the young season.


Johnson Receives a Watson Scholarship

By Ryan Mouch
Student/Athlete-Cleveland Student/Writer

Oberlin, Ohio - Five time All-American Joanna Johnson was awarded with the prestigious Thomas 
J. Watson Fellowship Scholarship. It was awarded to her on March 15, 2011.
The Thomas J. Watson Fellowship offers college graduates of "unusual promise" a year of independent, purposeful exploration and travel -- in international settings new to them -- to enhance their capacity for resourcefulness, imagination, openness, and leadership and to foster their humane and effective participation in the world community. 

“I have aspirations to continue running professionally. So as I kind of reflected on that, this idea came to me to run and visit different countries and to meet women who are from those countries. I’d like to learn about their thoughts and their experiences," Johnson said. 

“I think it would be really valuable to develop a network, an international network that would allow them to get in contact more easily so that if somebody wants to go abroad and they still want to train they can find people to run with. Or if they’re just traveling and they want know where to run or a group that they can run with they can find those people,” Johnson added.

"As a competitive female long distance runner and aspiring journalist, I will train alongside elite female distance runners in Ethiopia, Japan, and Norway. I seek to document the stories of the different paths these women have taken to go from casual running to professionalism, influenced by their culture's understanding of athleticism and female gender roles. Training with these women will allow me to delve into each community, explore the challenges these women face, and investigate what motivates them as they push both their physical and cultural limits," Johnson wrote in her statement to the Scholarship Committee.

Johnson is one of 40 students across the country, and one of two students from Oberlin to win the prestigious award. Fellow Oberlin student Allison Swaim also was one of the 40 recipients of the award. 

Johnson will look to add another All-American award to her resume this spring as she embarks on her senior campaign for the Yeowomen track and field team.

Sundt's Scribes: Jackson alum Ben 

Puterbaugh

Story Reported by Student/Athlete-Cleveland Student/Writer Hal Sundt 

4/4/2011 10:46:44 AM

Hal Sundt '12 satdown with 2010 First-Team All-NCAC Selection and Third-Team All-Regional selection Ben Puterbaugh to get an indepth look at what really makes Oberlin's all-time hits leader tick. 

It is a Wednesday in late March, only two days until most of the students from Oberlin College will depart from this small pocket of solace tucked away in northeast Ohio. Along the sidewalk connecting Wilder Hall and Mudd Library some students lean against the cold metal bike racks taking long drags from Pall Malls and Marlboros, while others walk briskly to their next class, the former sucking down thick smoke deep into their lungs, the latter taking in the crisp March air as it rushes through their noses and clings to the back of their tongue. Along the paths the students are moving, gesturing, smoking, breathing, laughing, walking; but they are inside a bubble which remains still while the rest of the world violently spins.

Somewhere a man in this bubble is sifting through the smoke and the drizzle of rain. His 5-foot-11 frame does not draw attention to himself, but rather moves unassumingly, like everyone else. As he walks, missiles soar above Libya and weeping mothers, brothers, and children in Japan attempt to put the pieces of their lives back together. On this day thousands of pairs of bright, excited eyes will enter the world and thousands of others will leave it behind. 

And on this day, and every other day just the same, the world does not revolve around the game of baseball. And Ben Puterbaugh knows it.

He sits down at a long, narrow table in Stevenson Dining Hall across from a couple of baseball and basketball players. 

“Congrats on breaking the all-time hits record, Puterbaugh!” says one of the basketball players.

“Oh yeah, thanks man,” replies Puterbaugh in a relaxed drawl, as if each word is stuck in molasses.

Throughout the rest of the meal Puterbaugh remains relatively silent, contently leaning over his plate of spinach or tofu, or whatever vegetarian college baseball players eat for dinner. 

Puterbaugh’s humbleness is not surprising to those who know him. He appreciates how his hard work has paid off but keeps his success all in perspective.

“I know there are more important things than baseball,” Puterbaugh says. “Probably because I have a wonderful family and I think they raised me well.” 

Perhaps his upbringing is also responsible for his ability to remain in the moment. Each word leaves his mouth in a patient manner because he’s in no rush to get to the next word. Much like his approach to hitting, he remains focused on each word and further, each task at hand. And when he is at the plate, that task is simple: hit the ball.

“As soon as I step up there I’m just trying to focus on getting my eyes set so I’m ready to pick up the pitch and I’m thinking about where the ball’s going to be coming from,” Puterbaugh explains. “I like to take the ball up the middle and to right field a lot. I’m just trying to stay inside the ball.”

It took Ben Puterbaugh two games into his senior season to break Oberlin College’s career hits record (previously held at 142). It was a record that he broke, and will eventually shatter, with hard line drives to right field: the easiest way to get a hit in baseball, according to him.

But with all the hits, all the records and all the individual accolades, Puterbaugh maintains a unique, almost bizarre, perspective in relation to his sport, quite contrary to many student-athletes clinging onto their last years of gridiron glory and hoop dreams. Don’t be mistaken, Puterbaugh is not simply mailing it in during his final season. He works hard, committed in the weight room and on the field, but he has also been able to maximize his college experience. In the Fall of his junior and senior years, Puterbaugh studied abroad in the Dominican Republic at the Pontificia Universidad Catolica Madre y Maestra. This past Fall he directly enrolled in the institution in which his classes, such as Philosophy of Law and Dominican-Haitian relations (two classes of interest for his Politics major) were taught completely in Spanish. In addition, his immersion experience still allowed him to keep playing baseball.

“In my free time I would go to a field where local kids would be playing and trying to get signed and we’d have practices and a couple of games a week,” Puterbaugh adds. “They’re [Dominican players] pretty confident players, it’s definitely a different game. They’re kind of flashy. I think it’s good because players in the United States get too [concerned] with fundamentals and being fundamentally sound instead of just going out there relaxed and playing. That’s one thing that I try to emulate here is just going out, having fun and making plays.”

Puterbaugh’s outlook on the game serves two incredibly valuable purposes for someone who may be facing the end of his career (unless he plays professionally, which is a realistic possibility). First, Puterbaugh can simply enjoy playing the game that he loves. And second, when he does finally stop playing, he will be able to leave the game and move on to the next chapter of his life. 

Following graduation, Puterbaugh plans to return to the Dominican Republic, where he will be an organic farmer for a month or so. Eventually he hopes to pursue a master’s degree in Latin American Studies. He doesn’t know where, or when, or exactly why he wants to, but these will all be answers that he figures out, consistent with his personality, when the time comes.

And as far as never officially being a “baseball player” again, Puterbaugh insists that whenever he does stop playing, he will be just fine living without that recognition.

“I don’t want people to look at me solely as a baseball player because I think I bring other things and have other qualities,” Puterbaugh says. “I don’t mind at all that people may not know that I play baseball when I walk around campus. That’s totally fine with me. I don’t want that to affect the way people think of me.”

When the interview concludes, Puterbaugh slings his backpack over his royal blue cotton cardigan and adjusts the loose-fitting brown beanie atop his brown mop of hair before eventually departing into the still-drizzling, overcast curtain enclosing Oberlin College. In the following days, as the national debt continued to grow and the United States sent more and more troops overseas, Winter’s last breath howled across the campus grounds, freezing the droplets of rain dripping from the tips of the grass that rests between Mudd Library and Wilder Hall. 

And somewhere on campus Ben Puterbaugh took in a deep breath as he appreciated just how lucky he was to still be hitting a ball with a stick.





Kent punches first nationals ticket; 

Broadview Heights' Christina Lenny and 

Christine Abou Mitri, Cuyahoga Falls' 

Danielle Durbin, Twinsburg's Mary 

Lou Renzi to compete for Flashes at 

NCAAs downtown at the 'Stein 

Golden Flashes punch first ticket to nationals in school history

Michigan Athletics
Last Updated - April 3, 2011 12:27 GMT
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ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- No. 9 Michigan overcame a fall in the very first routine of the NCAA Ann Arbor Regional Championships to stick 23 straight routines and cruise to a 197.075 total to win the regional title Saturday night at Crisler Arena. Earning the third-highest regional score in program history and the team's highest team score of the year, Michigan led from start to finish, winning three of four individual event titles and the all-around.

Meanwhile, Kent State will represent the area at the Nationals in 10 days here downtown at the Wosltein Center.

In addition to Kent being a local school, four of the Student/Athletes competing for the Flashes were S/As at Cleveland high schools prior to their higher education studies pursuits.

Lenny (L) and Abou Mitri (R)

The Cleveland girls  include Broadview Heights' Christina Lenny and Christine Abou Mitri , Cuyahoga Falls' Danielle Durbin, and Twinsburg's Mary Lou Renzi.

Durbin (L) and Renzi

Regional underdog Kent State pulled off a historic upset, catching No. 4-ranked Stanford and outdueling No. 16 Ohio State and No. 23 Minnesota in the final rotation to finish second and punch its ticket to nationals. The Buckeyes took third, Stanford and Minnesota tied for fourth, and Iowa State took sixth. Michigan and Kent State automatically qualify for the NCAA Championships, held April 15-17 in Cleveland, Ohio.

Senior Kylee Botterman led an all-around effort, capturing the floor exercise title (9.925) and the all-around crown (39.500), giving her five regional titles in her career, including three straight floor titles and back-to-back honors in the all-around. Botterman was also honored as the NCAA Northeast Regional Gymnast of the Year following the meet, becoming just the fourth U-M gymnast to earn the honor in program history.

Fifth-year senior Jordan Sexton and senior Trish Wilson shared the uneven bars title with matching scores of 9.900, giving Sexton back-to-back regional titles on bars and continuing Wilson's comeback story in her final season of gymnastics following four ACL surgeries.

Freshman Joanna Sampson broke onto the regional scene with a vault title, scoring a season-best 9.900 -- Michigan's first vault crown at regionals since 2002.

Michigan opened the meet with a fall on beam but rather than crumble, the next five gymnasts stuck their routines to give the Wolverines a respectable 48.975 team score and a 0.025 lead through the first rotation. Botterman and sophomore Katie Zurales put exclamation points on the rotation with 9.850 and 9.875 scores, respectively, with Zurales finishing the night with runner-up honors on the event and tying a season best with her effort.

After sitting out a rotation, the Wolverines opened floor with a pair of 9.825s -- the third-highest scores of the night -- before Sexton broke things open with a 9.875, followed by back-to-back 9.900 scores from freshman Reema Zakharia and sophomore Natalie Beilstein. Capping the rotation was Botterman and her 9.925, posting the highest score of the night through three teams and staking Michigan to a 0.600 lead over second-place Stanford through two events.

Michigan moved directly to vault where the Wolverines rocked all six routines to score a 49.325 -- the fourth-best score of the year. Sampson nailed a 9.900 with the third routine and Beilstein and Botterman stuck matching 9.875s to give Michigan a near full-point lead over second-place Stanford and the rest of the field with one event remaining.

Michigan then attacked bars, scoring 49.350 -- just 0.025 points shy of the third-best regional score in program history. Sexton nailed a 9.900 routine to defend her regional crown on the event and sophomore Brittnee Martinez returned to full form after battling injuries all year, tying a career high with a 9.875 to tie for third on the event. Wilson's 9.900 helped her share the regional title with Sexton. Wilson, who is returning for one last season of gymnastics after six knee surgeries and four torn ACLs, has reached the podium in six of the last seven meets, taking two titles and finishing third at Big Tens on bars.

The Wolverines take a week off before traveling to Cleveland for the NCAA Championships. Michigan will learn its championships schedule on Monday.

John Parry Named Cleveland State 

University Athletic Director

Former Butler athletic director to continiue receiving 

retired AD pay and "retirement job" pay 

simultaneously

Unemployment rate in Cleveland at 17.1 percent

By Brian McCann

Cleveland - After an extensive nationwide search, Cleveland State University has named John Parry to athletic director, effective April 15.  Parry has served as interim director at CSU since May 2010.  CSU President Ronald Berkman said during that time Parry has proven himself to be an effective leader.

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Parry

"We knew that John had the experience and an impressive track record, and in less than a year he has demonstrated repeatedly that he can move our athletic program forward," Berkman said. "CSU prides itself on developing first-class student-athletes who excel academically, and John has worked well to advance that vision."       

Parry served as athletic director for Butler University in Indianapolis from 1990 to 2006, during which the University won the Horizon League All Sport trophy four times and was instrumental in increasing sponsorship income and fundraising revenue. 

Prior to his work at Butler, Parry was director of athletics for Brown University in Providence, R.I. , where he oversaw 30 varsity teams and helped revitalize the school's crew, track and wrestling programs. A graduate of Brown himself, with a Master's in business administration from the Wharton School of Finance and Commerce, Parry played varsity football, basketball and lacrosse.   
 
With 17 Division I sports teams, CSU's varsity athletes exceed the GPA's of the vast majority of rival universities in the region - most earning a 3.0 or higher.  The University's premier basketball program has earned bids to the NCAA and NIT Championships three of the last four years. 

Jones named field S/A of the Week in the OAC

AUSTINTOWN, Ohio -- Mount Union junior Aubree Jones (Falconer, N.Y./Falconer) has been named Ohio Athletic Conference Track & Field Athlete of the Week for a second-straight week.
Jones won three events as she led the Purple Raiders to a second place team finish in the OAC Gold Meet last Saturday in Alliance.

She won won the discus and claimed a provisional mark to the NCAA Track & Field Championships with a mark of 141-2.  She also scored wins in the shot put (40-09.75) and javelin (125-00).

Mount Union next competes this week hosting the John Homon Open Saturday at 11 am at Mount Union Stadium in Alliance.

Spartan Baseball’s Chad Mullins Gloves Third UAA 

Athlete of the Week Award

PITTSFORD, NY – Case Western Reserve University senior third baseman Chad Mullins (Fredericksburg, OH/Waynedale) rode a scorching hot week at the plate to earn University Athletic Association Athlete of the Week honors for the third time this season, the league office announced on Monday, April 4.

Mullins posted a batting average of .765 (13-of-17) with a homerun and 11 RBI during a 5-0 week for the Spartans. The Fredericksburg-native also walked four times, doubled twice and scored eight runs. 

A D3baseball.com Preseason All-American, Mullins has helped spur the Spartans to a 19-10 mark this spring and has recorded at least one hit and RBI in each of his last seven games.

The Spartan baseball team is back in action on Wednesday, April 6 against Hiram College. The game will be played in Youngstown, OH at Cene Park and is scheduled for a 5:00 p.m. start. 

Elyria's Tess Sito Tabbed Pitcher of the Week in Horizon League

INDIANAPOLIS - Butler junior first baseman Erin Falkenberry (Pendleton, Ind.) and UIC first baseman Coryn Schmit (Hawthorne Woods, Ill.) have been named the Horizon League Co-Players of the Week, while Cleveland State sophomore Tess Sito (Elyria, Ohio) has been tabbed the League Pitcher of the Week, for the week beginning March 28.  The accolades are the first of the season for each player both Falkenberry and Schmit, while Sito earned her second honor of the year.
Tess Sito
Sito

Butler went 3-2 on the week, sweeping Detroit to move to 4-1 in League play, while UIC took a road series at Valparaiso.  Cleveland State split a League doubleheader with Green Bay on Sunday after rolling to a 4-0 mark in non-conference play during the week.

Sito went 4-1 with a 0.68 ERA in 31 innings on the week week, striking out 37 and walking just five.  She struck out a career-best 12 and allowed a lone earned run in a 4-2 win over IUPUI on March 29, then came back the following day and tossed 11 of 12 innings played in a doubleheader sweep of Toledo.  

Against the Rockets, Sito did not allow a run, while spinning a four-hit shutout in the first game while striking out 11.

On Sunday, Sito threw 13 innings, giving up just two earned runs against Green Bay as the Vikings and Phoenix split the doubleheader.  

The Vikings wrap up their series with Green Bay on Monday, then host Eastern Michigan in a mid-week doubleheader on Wednesday, April 6, before heading to Butler for a three-game League set on April 9-10.  Butler hits the road for doubleheaders at Dayton on April 6 and at Notre Dame on April 7 before hosting Cleveland State over the weekend. 

 UIC is at home for two Horizon League series this week, starting with a three-game series versus Loyola on April 6-7.  The Flames welcome Youngstown State to Flames Field April 9-10.


BOWLING HONOR ROLL

Amateur Cleveland USBC Bowling Association honor scores through 4/3/11
 
Format: Bowler, Hometown, Date, Bowling Center
 
    300 Games
Will Drevicky, Cleveland, 3/21, Yorktown Lanes;
Frank Incorvia, North Olmsted, 3/23, Buckeye Lanes;
Robert Magee, Berea, 3/23, Buckeye Lanes;
Gary Burz, Fairview Park, 3/23, Buckeye Lanes;
Jeffrey Smith, Garfield Hts., 3/24, Cloverleaf Lanes;
Joel Smith Jr., Oakwood Village, 3/24, Roseland Lanes;
Brenda Bonner, Warrensville Hts., 3/25, Southgate Lanes;
Glen Case, Parma, 3/26, Yorktown Lanes;
Dale Rush, Garfield Hts, 3/28, Freeway of Parma;
Tim Jones Sr., Cleveland, 3/28, Southgate Lanes;
Rod Budzowski, Twinsburg, 3/31, Roseland Lanes;
Thomas Hogan, Olmsted Township, 3/30, Buckeye Lanes;
Michael Clark Jr., Lakewood, 3/30, Buckeye Lanes;
Alanzo Payne, Cleveland, 4/1, Ambassador Superior;
Phillip Sillia Sr., North Olmsted, 4/1, Buckeye Lanes;
Christopher Zielinski, Northfield, 4/1, Cloverleaf Lanes;
Mike Campbell, Medina, 4/2, Brookgate Lanes;
Robert Lorentzen Jr., Cleveland, 4/3, Buckeye Lanes;
Alan Shauer, Westlake, 4/3, Buckeye Lanes;
Ken Curtis Jr., Eastlake, 4/4, Freeway Lanes of Parma;
 
 
    299 Games
Gregory East, Cleveland, 3/25, Southgate Lanes;
James Mohorcic Jr., Parma Hts., 3/27, Brookgate Lanes;
Keith Clark, Richmond Hts., 3/28, Southgate Lanes;
Dennis Polefko, Parma, 3/28, Yorktown Lanes;
Dennis Chiudioni, Willowick, 3/29, Freeway of Parma;
James Kosakowski, Independence, 3/30, Seven Hills Lanes;
Al Kan, Parma Heights, 4/1, Freeway Lanes of Parma;
 
 
    298 Games
Kevin McCafferty, Fairview Park, 3/21, Fairview Lanes;
Robert Lorentzen Jr., Cleveland, 4/3, Buckeye Lanes;

B-W’s Kim Chinn and Mitch Supan Named OAC 

Track Athletes of the of the Week

BEREA, OHIO – Baldwin-Wallace College senior three-time Division III All-American runner Kim Chinn (Zanesville/ West Muskingum) andDivision III All-American thrower Mitch Supan (Medina/ Walsh Jesuit) are this week’s (April 4, 2011) Ohio Athletic Conference Women’s Track Runner of the Week and Men’s Field Athlete of the Week, respectively for their efforts last week.

Chinn earned her award for leading the Yellow Jacket women to the team title at last Saturday’s (April 2) five-team OAC East Meet at the University of Mount Union. She won the 800-meter and 1500-meter runs season-best times of 2:22.69 and 4:44.90, respectively. Chinn also combined with sophomore Lauren McGaughey (Allison Park, Pa./Hampton), sophomore Tess Hoogeveen (Westerville/South) and senior Krysten Kovach (North Royalton/Padua Franciscan) to win the 4x800-meter relay in a time of 10:00.81.

Chinn has already earned NCAA Division III All-American honors in cross country with a 13th at the 2010 national meet, in indoor track with a sixth place finish in the mile run this winter and in outdoor track as the Div. III national runner-up in the 3,000-meter steeplechase last spring. She is currently qualified for this spring’s NCAA meet in the 5,000-meter run. This award marks the sixth time during her career that she was earned OAC Runner of the Week accolades.

Supan earned his honor for winning the shot put (51-feet and 4.25-inches), discus (166’5”) and hammer (176’2”) throws and leading the men to a second place finish at the OAC East Meet. All three of Supan’s winning throws were NCAA Division III provisional qualifying marks.

Last spring, Supan earned Div. III All-America honors in the discus with an eighth place finish at last spring’s NCAA Meet that was held at B-W. This is his second career OAC Field Athlete of the Week award.

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