A Page -- May 20, 2012


Westlake’s Colton Buffington repeats as district tennis champion with another win over Jacob Dunbar; Revere’s Hendrickson and Harris win doubles title

OBERLIN -- Westlake’s Colton Buffington repeated as district singles champion with a come-from-behind victory over Cloverleaf’s Jacob Dunbar Saturday here at The College.

It was the second straight year that Buffington took it to Dunbar in the title match. It did not quite start out as a repeat performance as Dunbar won the first set, 6-4, before Buffington stepped it up and won the last two sets by identical 6-1 scores.


Unseeded Aaron Sandburg of Walsh Jesuit took third place with a 6-2, 6-1 win over Hudson’s Steve Boslet in the semis.

Buffington beat Sandberg and Dunbar Boslet in the semis, both in straight sets.

Six Student/Athletes playing singles in the district advanced to the state meet along with the four aforementioned S/A’s. St. Ignatius Nathan Griffin took fifth place with a win over Shaker’s Peter Smetona in the match for fifth and sixth.

The doubles championship went to Revere’s Noah Hendrickson and Peter Harris, who took the title match from Copley’s Andrew Ong and Jarad Pennington in straight sets. Others advancing to states are Austin Aten and Alan Du (third), Mayfield’s Shouta Fukamachi and Alex Rinaldi (fourth), Hoover’s Mike O’Connor and Rob DeMarco (fifth) and Hoover’s Tyler Sarver and Tim Bruin (sxith).

Yellow Jacket Throwers Compete at North 

Central College Gregory Track and Field 


NAPERVILLE, ILL. --  Select Baldwin-Wallace College individual performers competed on Thursday, May 17 at the North Central College Gregory Track and Field Invitational. The first of two straight “last chance” meets for those performers hoping to qualify for the The 2012 NCAA Division III National Championship Meet at Claremont-Mud-Scripps (Calif.) College in Claremont, California from May 24-26.

Leading the way at the NCC Invitational was junior All-American thrower Mitch Supan (Medina/Walsh Jesuit) led the way as he placed first in the discus with a throw of 161-feet and five inches. Supan also finished second in the hammer throw with a toss of 181’5”.

In addition to Suppan, junior Zach Marinucci (Brunswick) placed third in the discus with a mark of 157’.1”. Junior Jake Buckey (Geneva) and Marinucci placed 10th and 11th in the hammer throw with a marks of 162’00” (Buckey ) and 156’6” (Marinucci), respectively.

For the women, junior Cristina Perrine (Middleburg Heights/ Midpark) placed first in the discus with a throw of 149’3” while senior teammate Leslie Purnell (Springfield/Catholic Central) finished fourth in the discus with a season and career best mark of 142’10”. In the hammer throw, Perrine and Purnell placed sixth and eighth with a marks of 157’10” (Perrine) and 151’00” (Purnell), respectively. Also in the hammer throw, freshman Danielle Torrence (Canton/South) placed 11th a mark of 140’1”.

The 2012 regular season ended at the April 27-28 Ohio Athletic Conference Championship Meet when both the B-W men and women placed second of 10 schools.

B-W’s men and women’s student-athletes will get one more chance tomorrow (May 18, 2012) at Augustana to qualify for the 2012 NCAA Division III National Championship Meet at Claremont-Mud-Scripps (Calif.) College in Claremont, California from May 24-26.

Four Yeomen Compete at North Central College

Naperville, IL – Four Oberlin College track athletes were in action on Friday night at the North Central College Gregory Invite in effort to improve upon their national marks. Piper NashCarey Lyons and Stephen Williams ran the 3000-meter steeplechase, whileShawn Chrapczynski contested in the 200 meters.

Unfortunately, none of the athletes in action were able to top their previous best marks, but Head Coach Ray Appenheimer noted that still doesn’t diminish the tremendous season of them had.


Chrapczynski, a local product from Lorain, Ohio, checked in third in the 200 at 21.85, but was slightly back of his time of 21.82 that he set at the NCAC Outdoor Championships, which ranks 46th in the country.

Williams got through the steeplechase in 9:24.64 to place 15th overall, but his previous best of 9:24.13 rests outside of the nation’s top 50.

Lyons clocked in at 11:18.04 to finish fourth in the steeple, while Nash was 18th at 12:00.65. Lyons’ previous best of 11:12.00 that was set at the All-Ohio Championship is good for 42nd in the nation.

This concludes the track and field season for Oberlin College with the exception of Molly Martorella who will be running at nationals next week.




Baldwin-Wallace Throwers Compete at 

Augustana (Ill.) Twilight “Last Chance” 

Qualifier; Probably 3 Throwers and Men’s 4 x 

100 Relay Qualified for National Meet This 


ROCK ISLAND, ILLINOIS --  Select Baldwin-Wallace College individual performers competed last night (Friday, May 18, 2012) at the Augustana (Ill.) College Twilight “Last Chance” NCAA Division III National Qualifier. This was the final “last chance” meet for those performers hoping to qualify for the 2012 NCAA Division III National Championship Meet at Claremont-Mud-Scripps College in Claremont, California from May 24-26.

To qualify for NCAA Division III meet, both men and women’s running events must finish top 16 nationally, men’s field events must finish top 20 nationally, and women’s field events must finish top 22 nationally.  On Monday May 22, 2012 the NCAA will officially annouce the field. Right now, it looks like three throwers and the men’s 4 x100 relay will qualify, but stay tuned on Monday when we know for sure.

Leading the way at Augustana was junior Zach Marinucci (Brunswick) as he placed third in both the discus (161-feet and 1-inch) and the shot put (52’9.50”). For the season, Marinucci’s best marks are 55’3.75” (shot put), 166’7” (discus) and 166’2” (hammer). His shot put currently ranks 10th in Division III and his discus throw ranks 19th.

In addition, junior 2-time NCAA Division III All-American discus thrower Mitch Supan (Medina/ Walsh Jesuit) finished second in the discus (161’3”) and fifth in the shot put (52’5.25”). He also placed 14th in the hammer throw (171’5”).  For the season, Supan’s best marks are 56’3.75” (shot put), 172’8” (discus) and 187’3” (hammer). His shot put ranks him sixth nationally in Division III, his discus throw ranks him 12th and his hammer throw ranks him 14th.

Also in the hammer throw, junior Jake Buckey (Geneva) finished in 17th with a mark of 159’10”. For Buckey, his season best throws are 169’10” (hammer) and 172’1” (javelin).

For the women, senior Leslie Purnell (Springfield/ Catholic Central) placed eighth in both the shot put (42’0.75”) and discus (133’5”), respectively, and 17th in the hammer (129’3”).  Purnell’s best marks this season are 43’8.50” (shot put), 142’10” (discus) and 162’00” (hammer). Her shot put ranks her 17th nationally, her discus is 20th and hammer is 35th.

In addition for the women, freshman Danielle Torrence (Canton/ South) placed 13th in both the discus (124’2”) and hammer (137’6”) throws, respectively, and 16th in the shot put (38’9.50”). Torrence’s best marks this season are 41’8.” (shot put), 127’5” (discus) and 146’9” (hammer). She ranks 50th nationally in the shot put.

Junior Cristina Perrine (Middleburg Heights/ Midpark) placed 15th in the discus (120’10”) and 18th in the shot put (36’2”), respectively.  Perrine’s best marks this season are 41’10” (shot put), 150’11” (discus) and 162’9” (hammer). She ranks tied for 46th nationally in the shot put, fourth in the discus and 32nd in the hammer.

In addition to the throwers qualified for the national meet, B-W’s men’s 4 x 100-meter relay team of senior Mike Smith (Wintersville/ Indian Creek) and sophomores Shawn Cordes (Litchfield/ Medina Buckeye), Kevin Johnson (Garfield Hts./ Cleveland St. Ignatius) and Josiah Holt (Elyria/ Grafton Midview) are ranked 13th nationally with a time of 41.57 seconds.

Mount Union's Snode Named Academic All-District Women's At-Large

DELAWARE, Ohio—Mount Union senior golfer Mary Snode (Alliance/Marlington) has been named to the 2012 Capital One Academic All‐District Women's At‐Large Team as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America.

A three-time Academic All-Ohio Athletic Conference pick, Snode graduated with a 3.77 grade point average as a mathematics education major.

Snode recently concluded her outstanding collegiate career by placing fifth at the 2012 NCAA Division III Women's Golf Championships. She became the third Mount Union golfer to claim Dr. John Piper Ohio Athletic Conference Medalist honors by finishing first at the OAC Women's Golf Championships earlier this season.

As a senior, Snode was nearly won every tournament she participated in and set numerous school records in the process. She began the season by winning a record 10 consecutive tournaments before finishing just three strokes out of first place at the NCAA Championships. Her stroke average of 77.16 was sixth-best in the nation and she carded a school-record 69 in the second round of the Mount Union Spring Invitational.

For her career Snode was a three-time All-OAC selection and won a school-record 19 tournaments after missing the spring portion of her freshman season due to an injury.

Away from the course, Snode served as the secretary of Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and Pi Mu Epsilon. She has been hired as a math teacher at Louisville Middle School next year and will also be an assistant coach with the girls' golf team.

The Capital One Academic All-District Teams recognize the nation's top student-athletes for their combined performances athletically and in the classroom. In order to be eligible for selection, a student-athlete must be a starter or key reserve and maintain at least a 3.30 grade point average. The At-Large team is comprised of student-athletes who participate in Bowling, Crew, Fencing, Field Hockey, Golf, Gymnastics, Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, Rifle, Skiing, Swimming & Diving, Tennis, Men's Volleyball, Water Polo, and Wrestling.

Snode advances to the Capital One Academic All-America Team ballot, which will be released later this month.

Sports Information Directors within a district vote for the Academic All-District teams with members of the CoSIDA Academic All-American committee voting on the national ballot. District VII includes every NCAA Division III institution in Ohio, Illinois, and Indiana.

Oberlin Places Three on CoSIDA/Capital One Academic All-District Team

Oberlin, Ohio – Seniors Jebran HaddadAriel Lewis and Sam Towne were selected as CoSIDA/Capital One Academic All-District selections, the organization announced on Friday evening.
All three of the athletes were tabbed as First-Team At-Large honorees and are now eligible to earn Academic All-America honors. To be eligible for the award, one must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.30 and be either a starter or key reserve on their respective team.
Haddad, a native of Beirut, Lebanon, is graduating next week with a 3.9 GPA in biology. Last week he was bestowed as one of the athletics department’s Butler Award winners. In the pool he set the school record in the 100-yard breast (57.59) and is member of the record-setting 200-yard medley relay team (1:36.31).
Lewis, who is the most decorated tennis player in school history, will be participating in the NCAA Individual Championship Tournament for the third time in her career this coming week. A two-time NCAC Player of the Year, Lewis was also named as the NCAC/Stern Award winner as well as the Female Athlete of the Year. The all-time leader in career wins; Lewis is in search of her second straight ITA All-America honor. Following graduation, she will begin pursing a master’s degree in creative writing at Washington University (St. Louis).
Towne, who was a four-year starter on the Yeomen tennis team, was the department’s Goldring Award winner for having the highest GPA of any male athlete. He departs Oberlin with a perfect 4.0 GPA while majoring in biochemistry with a minor in mathematics. A two-time ITA Scholar All-American and two-time team captain, Towne racked up a combined 25 wins on the court this season.