Naperville, Ill. – May 21, 2011 – In its final week of the season the Heidelberg University track and field team continued to make a run for a spot at the NCAA Division III Outdoor Championships. In its final outing of the year the Berg took part in the Gregory Invitational hosted by North Central College. In the end the men and women combined for five provisional performances.
Leading the list is the men’s 4x400-meter relay team of Josh Bowmar (Marengo, Ohio / Highland), Seth Robertson (Burton, Ohio / Newbury), Joe Yoder (West Liberty, Ohio / West Liberty Salem) and Terrence Horton (Pickerington, Ohio / Pickerington). The group finished runner-up at the invitational and improved on its previous week’s provisional qualifying time. They crossed the finish line in 3:14.11, which sits 11th on the national list.
For the second outing in a row Bowmar provisionally qualified in the javelin. He finished third in the event with a throw of 194’9”. Last week he set a school record at 200’10” and sits 15th with the throw on the list for nationals.
Also showcasing a provisional performance for the men was Nate Davis (Dayton, Ohio / Stivers). In the high jump he cleared 6’9” to take home the title. His jump was a provisional leap, but earlier this season Davis permanently inked his name on the national list with an automatic jump of 6’11”. He is just one of four to automatically qualify.
On the women’s side the quartet of Marian Bevington (Celina, Ohio / Parkway), Samantha Filliater (Fostoria, Ohio / Lakota), Jazmine Shaw (Columbus, Ohio / Hamilton Township) and Alexis Goodman (Tiffin, Ohio / Columbian) had another strong showing in the 4x100-meter relay. For the second straight week they staked a claim at a spot at nationals. In the end the team finished fifth with a provisional qualifying time of 48.63.
Bevington also improved on her previous provisional qualifying mark in the long jump. She leaped 18’5.25” to stand fifth. Bevington is on the verge of making her second straight trip to nationals in the long jump. A season ago she earned All-American honors in the event with an eighth place finish.