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Oberlin Awards:

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Lysle K. Butler Award

This award was established in 1989 and is named in honor of Lysle Butler '25. A three-sport athlete for Oberlin, Butler served the College with distinction for 40 years as a coach and chairman of the department of physical education. This award is presented to the male athlete of the senior class who has demonstrated outstanding athletic achievements as well as leadership skills, academic excellence, and community involvement.

 – Jack Dunn (Baseball) l Skyler Dum (Soccer)

Jason Chicoine Memorial Athletic Leadership Award
The Jason Chicoine Memorial Athletic-Leadership Award was established in 1992 by the parents and friends of Jason Chicoine '91 to provide an annual award to an outstanding member of the men’s varsity soccer team. A preference will be given to students who demonstrate leadership and enthusiasm for the soccer program, qualities that Jason Chicoine brought to the varsity soccer team.

Recipients – Will Stamell (Soccer) 

Andrews Family Award
This award was established in 2005 in honor of the Andrews family, whose presence at Oberlin traces back six generations to Delia Fenn Andrews, an 1841 graduate of the College. More recently, Chris '90 (soccer, track and field) and George '54 (football) served the College as members of the department of mathematics and the General Faculty Athletics Committee. George also served as acting director of athletics and physical education in 2002-2003. The recipient of this award will be the male athlete who best exemplifies dedication to academic and athletic excellence and has demonstrated leadership skills, strength of character, and loyalty to Oberlin College.

Recipients – Seth Wimberly (Track)

Honda Scholar-Athlete Award
This award was established in 1992 by the American Honda Motor Company in honor of Ann Gilbert '91 who received the 1991 Honda NCAA Division III Woman Athlete of the Year Award. The recipient of this award will be the female athlete of the senior class who has demonstrated outstanding athletic achievements as well as leadership skills, academic excellence, and community involvement.

Recipients – Sarah Grabinski (Soccer) l Madeline Schultz (Track)

Norman J. Goldring Scholar-Athlete Award

This award was established in 2005 by an initial gift from the Goldring Foundation of Short Hills, New Jersey. The award will be given to the four-year scholar-athlete, who earns the highest GPA over his/her Oberlin College tenure. The recipient of the award will be selected by the director of athletics and physical education in consultation with the faculty athletic representatives.

Recipients – Sam Ghitleman (Cross Country/Track) l Shannon Gallagher (Swimming)

Gertrude E. Moulton Award
This award was established in 1945 by gifts from women graduates of Oberlin College majoring in physical education and friends of Dr. Gertrude Moulton. It is given to outstanding undergraduate women in the department who give promise of perpetuating the ideals, character, abilities, influence, and leadership skills which Dr. Moulton associated with her graduates.

Recipients – Laura Fries (Swimming) l Julia Chauvin (Softball) l Cordelia Revells (Cross Country/Track)

Lovell Twins:

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Josh is in sixth place after the first day’s events with 3,615 points, while Jeremy is eighth with 3,524 points.
“I feel all right about what I did on Thursday” said Josh. “I suffered a hamstring injury two months ago, and this is my first competition since then.
“I couldn’t get over some mental troubles in the high jump. You can always hope to do better, but it is what it is. I closed out the day on a much better note.
“I’m ready for the second day and anxious to see what happens. As often happens, the championship probably will come down to our final event (the 1,500).”
Jeremy stressed the importance of consistency to determine the event’s champion.
“Finishing in the top three or four in an event obviously boosts your championship chances,” said Jeremy. “Hopefully, you can finish close to those places and garner some valuable points.
Jeremy  Lovell
“I wasn’t completely satisfied with what I did in the high jump. But, still I feel that I’m on a good pace. I just have to realize that I have to face the competition.”
Josh began defense of his championship with the third-best time in the 100 (11.16 seconds for 825 points). He followed that up with a lackluster 12th best performance in the long jump (20-7¾, 650 points) and then had the eighth best toss in the shot put (39-3¼, 605 points). The defending champion rebounded nicely in the high jump, finishing third (6-4¼, 749 points) and concluded the day with a fifth–place effort in the 400 (50.62 seconds, 786 points).
Jeremy started the day with a sixth-best time in the 100 (11.30 seconds, 795 points) before taking fifth place in the long jump (21-8¾, 725 points). After that, he had the 11th best performance in the shot put (35-8, 538 points). His 11th–place showing in the high jump (6-3/4) added 670 points to his first-day total and his third–place finish in the 400 (50.41 seconds, 796 points) closed out his opening day performances.
Kurtis Brondyke of Central College (Iowa) is the first-day leader with 3,786 points, 33 points better thanRichard Roethel of Christopher Newport (Va.).

Moravian College Senior Vaults Into Record Books

Pole vault champion Anna Heim.

By: Chuck Murr
Special to NCAA.com
May 27, 2010

BEREA, OHIO -- Anna Heim of Moravian College won the women's pole vault with a record effort of 13 feet, 6 1/2 inches Thursday at the NCAA Division III Men's and Women's Track & Field Championships at Baldwin-Wallace College.

Heim, a senior who had finished third in 2008 and second a year ago, finally beat her friend and rival Rachel Secrest of North Central College. Secrest, the defending champion, placed second at 13-2 1/2.

"To beat a competitor like Rachel makes me very happy," said Heim, who set a personal best and all-time Division III record of 13-8 1/4 in winning the indoor title earlier this year.

Heim failed at her attempts at 13-9 after winning the title on a hot and humid afternoon.

"I didn't know that is where they set it and I didn't want to know," she said. "It is tough enough to go and compete without worrying where the bar is at that point. That (13-9) was the Olympic standard and it would have been nice to do it, but I'm delighted at what I accomplished.

"My goal at the start of each season is to clear 13 feet and then see if I can improve from there. I did a lot of work in the off-season and it paid off."

Secrest said she knew she was in trouble when Heim cleared 13-6 1/2.

"My best ever is 13-6, so when Anna went past that, I tried to follow and just missed," Secrest said.

Hayley Suckow of Wisconsin Eau Claire finished third in the pole vault at 12-10 3/4.

Today's (Saturday) National track 


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Phipps wound up finishing sixth in the nation, just a couple days after he placed in the hammer throw, making him a double All-American on the weekend.





“Just as it was the other day; I wanted more but was still happy to have done as well as I did today,” said Phipps. “I was also happy for Mitch, Judd and Sean. We have all been competing with and against one another all season and it was great for us all get up on the podium together.”


Supan, who grew up in nearby Medina and is a Walsh Jesuit alumnus, is brand new to the national level since he is only a freshman for the Yellow Jackets.






“The Ohio Athletic Conference is very good for this event so it is not surprising that four of us from the league not only made it here but also into the finals,” said Supan, who finished eighth. “I was rooting for Kevin and Judd and Sean, just as the Mount guys were for us.  I am happy with getting this far on my first try. I did not tell too many of my friends from Medina or high school that I was doing this, but still I did get a lot of support from the stands.”


Each time one of the four would step up to the cage, the large roar came from the crowd of 300 people gathered around the throwing field, larger than for any of the out-of-state competitors.






“It’s not that hard to get up here from Mount so we had quite a few friends from school make it to support us,” said Denard, who finished one notch ahead of Supan in the finals. “We see B-W in a lot of events and have competed here so the familiarity sure helped.”


Lutz, who finished second in the nation, also made it in the shot put, but failed to make it out of yesterday’s semi finals.






“The discus is my better event,” said Lutz, who was a finalist for the Gagliardi Trophy, which goes to the top lineman in the country each year. “We were here for a meet earlier this year so we know the surface and the surroundings here. All my national team championships and qualifications make me feel more accomplished than the Gagliardi nomination since that one is more individual.”


This was Lutz’s 10th time to the highest level nationally – four times to the Stagg Bowl with the football team, four times to nationals in outdoor track and twice in indoor track.


“I won’t get bored now that college is done since I will be teaching and coaching,” said Lutz, who will be certified to teach grades 7-12 in math. “I want to take the children I teach to the highest levels they have the potential to get to.”


It certainly was a team effort for Mount, with Aubree Jones also qualifying in the discus but joining Broadview Heights native/Ohio Wesleyan senior Sharon Rymut in not making out of today’s semis.






“It helped that three of us from one school could all make it to the nationals like this,” said Jones. “Sean and Judd have been like second and third coaches to me. They have helped me out a lot in all of my events. It was a good experience getting here despite not doing better than I did.”


Cloverleaf High alumnus and Medina native Cory Beebe, who runs for Salisbury University, repeated as the national champion in the 400-meter hurdles and took sixth in the 110 hurdles. He left it all on the course in the 400, repeating his activity from Thursday’s semis and tossing his cookies five minutes after the race.





“I do it every time after I finish a 400,” Beebe said. “My stomach just turns within a few minutes after the race. I’ve made all kinds of dietary changes but it still seems to happen. I wish I could be good at something else so I wouldn’t have to go through this each time. It has gotten better. It only happens after the race and never during it.”

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Trinity High alumna Elise Johnson finished second in the women’s 100 hurdles for Williams College.




“I am so excited to finish in second,” said Johnson, who is the daughter of the late Eddie Johnson, who had an athletic career with the Cleveland Browns of the National Football League. “My middle school track coach, Mr. Davidson, was standing at the corner of the track when I came in this morning.  I was so surprised to see him here. It brought back great memories from running on this track in seventh grade.”


Johnson attended Ford Middle School in nearby Brook Park and spent a year at Midpark High before transferring to Trinity.


Chardon native Erin Hollinger finished 10th in the high jump for Case Western Reserve, while the Spartans’s Elaine Simpson took 18th in the 5,000-meter (12 and ½ laps) run.

Friday's National track 


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Nwanna started the day in third place after Thursday’s first five events, while Price sat in ninth, one spot away from earning a spot on the podium and an All-American trophy.


“I am usually a first-day guy,” said Nwanna. “I usually get most of my points in those first five events and if I am sitting in a decent spot in the middle of the whole event, I have a good shot at winning. Winning this title is the highlight of my career.”


Price took sixth place in today’s first event, the 110-meter hurdles, and then threw a lifetime personal best 119 feet-7 inches in the discus in the second event of the day, earning him fifth, leaving him still ninth after seven events but only 51 points out of eighth and 61 out of seventh with a 4,887 total.


He is the first to admit that his worst events are the shot in discus, but paradoxically those were the two events he did best in here at nationals.


Nwanna took third in the hurdles, but it was not until the discus was completed that he moved into second place. His 126-3 throw gave him second in the discuss and only 10 points behind the overall leader Central College’s Kurtis Brondyke, with 5,185 points.


“I have been getting a little better in the throws so that helped me get a lot of points today,” said Nwanna, a biomedical engineering major. “I try to block out what the other guys are doing but it is hard not to know what is going on in the whole thing. I just kept my focus and made sure I would not explode in the 1,500.”


By the time the pole vault, the eighth event, was finished, Nwanna took over the lead and Price moved into the No. 8 spot. Nwanna took fifth and Price 10th   in the pole vault to pick up enough points to move up a notch. Nwanna had 10 points on the No. 2 man, Central’s Ethan Miller, while Price had was 13 points above no. 9 and eight away from No. 7.


Nwanna maintained the lead after the ninth event, the javelin, walking off the field with the fourth best throw total, one spot ahead of Price, who dropped back down to ninth with only the 1,500 meter race to go.


Price was 66 points out of eighth while Nwanna was nearly 200 points ahead of No. 2 man after nine, Brondyke.


Then he finished in last in the 1,500, his worst event, but still had gained enough in the first nine events to not lose the top spot, finishing with 7,056 points, 34 ahead of Linfield’s Josh Lovell.


The biggest local surprise of the day was B-W distance runner Kim Chinn, who finished second in the steeplechase despite coming in seeded 10th and having little experience with the race, just taking up the event for the first time this season.

 Kim Chinn

“Just getting here in this event was enough of a thrill for me since it is still a new event to me,” said Chinn. “I was hoping to finish no lower than 10th and if I had a good race would have been happy taking eighth. The whole race I knew it could be my best race ever since I jumped out and was at least fifth most of the race. By the middle, I was hoping to finish at least eighth, and if I could get in the top five that would be great. I really surprised myself with a second place. Hearing all my friends yelling my name throughout the 7 ½ laps was a big help.”  


The shot put championships had three local men vying for national honors, led by B-W’s Greg Patrick, who wound up earning All American laurels for finishing seventh in the nation. Mount Union’s Judd Lutz finished 10th and Olmsted Falls High alumnus Kyle Faris11th for Ohio Wesleyan.


“It was not one of my better days, but I at least finished 11th after coming in seeded 16th so I guess I did better than I was supposed to do,” Faris said. “I have been bothered by a sore shoulder so that had something to do with it, but I have had that for quite some time so that is no excuse.”

[ Kyle Faris ]


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National champion Brandon Fugett nailed it on his last throw, a 17.91 meters heave, which was the best throw for the whole year for anyone in Division III, in or post season.


Patrick finished eighth and made All-American last year and followed that with a third in the indoor nationals in March.


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“It is an improvement to go from eighth to seventh in a year, but after taking third at the indoor meet, I was expecting a little more,” Patrick said. “I am still happy to be on the podium again. It was nice to be able to sleep in my own bed and come right over to the meet, but I still did not throw well. I was not getting enough of a push off my left foot than I should have.”


Patrick finished higher that Fugett at the indoor meet, realizing that a first certainly was do-able.


In the men’s 110-meter hurdles, Cloverleaf High alumnus Cory Beebe qualified to Saturday’s finals by winnings his heat in 52.13, the second best time among all three heats, giving him a middle lane for the finals. The Medina native also qualified in the 400 hurdles Thursday for Salisbury University.


Cleveland native and Trinity High alumna Elise Johnson qualified to tomorrow’s 100 hurdles by having the second best time overall in the prelims with a 14.11, .04 off the best mark going into the finals. Johnson also qualified to nationals in the 100 dash, but finished fourth in her heat today to just miss qualifying for two finals tomorrow.


“The hurdles race is my better race,” said Johnson, who runs for Williams College, the alma mater of Bay Village native and current New Yorker George Steinbrenner. “It was nice to have a cheering section here for me and coming back this week allowed me to see my new nephew for the first time. Knowing that the nationals would be here gave me the extra push to do well enough in the other meets this season to get here.”


Johnson also ran on the 400 relay team for Williams that qualified to here but failed to make it out of the prelims Thursday.


Mary Mahoney, the only freshmen in the country to advance to the nationals in the 400 dash, finished 14th in the prelims today for Mount Union.


The event was blessed with a special guest today. Nineteen-forty-nine B-W graduate Harrison Dillard came to watch some of the races. Dillard, also an East Tech grad, of course is still the only man ever to win the Olympic Gold in both the hurdles and sprints during the same year.