ALLIANCE, Ohio – Heidelberg University women’s track and field placed second at the Ohio Athletic Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships, the highest finish in school history. The men’s team finished seventh at the event, hosted by the University of Mount Union.
Marian Bevington (Celina/Parkway), winner of three events, was named Guido & JoAnn Ricevuto Outstanding Field Athlete of the Year. The coaching staff, led by head coach Briana Hess, was named women’s staff of the year.
Bevington won the 100m hurdles with a time of 14.74 seconds. In the long jump, Bevington’s first leap, 5.62m, was the winning jump. With a distance of 11.52, the senior won the triple jump. She placed second in the javelin with a throw of 38.80m.
In addition to Bevington’s finish in the javelin, the Student Princes had three other All-OAC throws. Mary Beth Boyden (Sheridan/Somerset) won the shot put with a throw of 13.63m. With a distance of 38.16m, Ally Blum (Galion/Northmoor) finished second in the discus. Brittany Tatum (Cleveland/Trinity) finished third in the hammer throw, notching a throw of 45.73m in her last attempt.
On the men’s side, Nate Davis (Dayton/Stivers) and Robert Taw had first place finishes. Davis won the high jump, clearing 2.05m, while Taw threw the javelin 59.04m.
Desmond Vaughn (Cortland/Lakeview) finished third in the 100m dash and fourth in the 200m dash.
Gage Falcone (Fairview Park/Fairview) finished second in discus (48.49m) and third in shot put (15.31m)
“It was a great ending to the season for our team,” said Hess. “There were a ton of personal records and both sides did great.”
The host school, Mount Union, won the men’s and women’s titles.
“This performance gives us a great deal of momentum as we head into the championship time,” concluded Hess.
With the NCAA Championships four weekends away, the Student Princes will continue to compete to try to qualify for the championship meet.