A Page -- May 6, 2012 -- PM Edition

Oberlin Women Finish Second; Men End in 

Third at NCAC Championships

Meadville, PA – It was another successful end to the NCAC Outdoor Track and Field Championships for the Oberlin College track and field teams as the Yeowomen placed second with 159 points, while the Yeomen ended third with 71 points.

“It was a great day for all of our athletes,” Head Coach Ray Appenheimer said. “We performed exceptionally well against tremendous competition and I am so proud of everyone’s efforts.”

Highlighting the Yeowomen effort was sophomore Molly Martorella as she was named NCAC Distance Runner of the Year at meet’s end. The Winchendon, Massachusetts, native set a new school and NCAC record in the 1,500 meters by winning the event in 4:29.74, which is currently the sixth fastest time in the country. She also blistered the field in the 5K, completing the course in 17:18.91.

Also establishing a new school- and meet record was junior Piper Nash as she bested the field in the 3,000-meter steeplechase in 11:10.02.

Oberlin’s relay units were just simply sensational once again, winning both the 4x100 and 4x400 events. In the shorter of the two races, it was the foursome of Jasmine OwensMelissa ElieAshley Parish and Sophia Brancazio that posted a time of 49.61 to claim the top spot. In the 4x400 Katrina Gelwick led things off and she was followed by Ryann McChesneyAmanda Gracia andMarissa Clardy.

In the 400-meter hurdles, McChesney placed second with a mark of 1:06.81, while teammate Ava Keating was one spot back at 1:07.86.

In the 400 and 800, Oberlin added a pair of second-place showings. In the shorter of the two races it was Clardy who posted a mark of 58.83, while Gracia checked in at 2:17.81 in the 800.

Brancazio added another All-NCAC honor to her belt by placing third in the 200 with a timestamp of 26.14.

On the men’s side of the ledger, senior Shawn Chrapcznski led the Yeomen effort on the track by placing third in both the 100- and 200-meter dashes. The native of nearby Lorain, Ohio, clocked in at 10.96 in the short race and then doubled the distance in 21.82.

In the field events it was Alex Guo who displayed his extreme athletic ability as he won the triple jump with a mark of 44-08.25.

Competing in his last conference championship, senior Stephen Williams finished fourth in the 3,000-meter steeplechase with a time of 9:35.56. Teammate Daniel Johnson followed in behind him in fifth at 9:38.98. Quinn Hull added a sixth-place showing in the 800 at 1:56.39.

The Yeomen’s relay units were also successful, finishing third in the 4x400 and fourth in the 4x100. In the longer race, rookie Jerry Choi ran the first leg and was followed by Hull, Peter Morris and Chrapcznski. In the 4x100, the foursome consisted of Choi, Guo, Morris and Chrapcznski.

In the high jump, freshmen Seth Flatt and Evan Finch each scored points for the Yeomen. Flatt was fifth with a mark of 6-00.75, while Finch was eighth at 5-10.75.

Select Oberlin athletes will be back in action next weekend at the Allegheny Last Chance Meet.

Willis Named First Team All-OAC; Gromes Also Honored

AUSTINTOWN, Ohio—Mount Union softball players Bre Willis (Navarre/Fairless) and Kristen Gromes(Navarre/Fairless) were recognized with All-Ohio Athletic Conference honors as voted upon by the conference's coaches.

Willis, a senior, was named to the First Team after posting an 11-10 record, including five shutouts, to go with 97 strikeouts and a 2.37 ERA. Against OAC opponents, she was 6-3 with a 1.62 ERA and 55 strikeouts.

This is the third all-conference honor for Willis, who earned honorable mention honors in 2009 and 2010. She is the lone member of just the second senior class in program history to qualify for the OAC Tournament all four years. Willis ranks second with 14 career shutouts and is in the top five in wins (41), innings pitched (489.1), and strikeouts (323).

Gromes, a junior, was an honorable mention All-Ohio honoree. She hit .353 from the plate with seven doubles, six triples, four home runs, 14 RBI, and eight stolen bases. This is the second all-conference honor for, Gromes who was First Team last year.

The Purple Raiders finished the season 21-19 and lost in the semifinals of the OAC Tournament.

Yeomen Drop Season Finale at Otterbein

Westerville, Ohio – The 2012 season for the Oberlin College men’s lacrosse team came to an end on Saturday afternoon as the Yeomen fell to the Otterbein Cardinals 11-2. With the loss, Oberlin finished the season with a record of 5-11.

Rookie Sean Higgins netted the game’s first goal and team-leading 19th of the season just minutes in, but from there the Cardinals were able to quickly gain control while keeping the Yeomen offense in check.  Otterbein responded to the early goal by scoring six in a row to go up 6-1 at the half.
Sean Higgins 

Playing in his final game, senior Dan Fineman cashed in his 15th score of the year to start the second half to get Oberlin back within striking distance at 6-2 with 28 minutes left to play. However, once again the Cardinals were able to buckle down, scoring five more times while shutting out Oberlin the rest of the way.

Otterbein out-shot Oberlin 34-30 and won the ground ball battle 44-35. The Yeomen were successful on 21-of-29 clear attempts, while the Cardinals went 25-of-29.

Erickson Andrews played all 60 minutes in the cage and made 14 saves.

Joining Fineman as those who played in the last game of their Yeomen careers were his twin brother Matthew FinemanJames Krizand Ted Pallis.

Oberlin will be playing its annual Alumni Game next Saturday on May 12.