October 25, 2014

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College notes: Mitch Supan takes fourth in discus

Another season, another All-American award for Mitch Supan of Baldwin-Wallace.

The Medina native earned his second consecutive national award after a fourth-place finish in the discus Saturday at the NCAA Division III National Championships held at Ohio Wesleyan University.

Baldwin-Wallace’s Mitch Supan took fourth in the discus at the NCAA Division III National Championships. (COURTESY PHOTO)

Baldwin-Wallace’s Mitch Supan took fourth in the discus at the NCAA Division III National Championships. (COURTESY PHOTO)

A year after placing eighth in the event, the Walsh Jesuit High product flung the disc 168 feet, 3 inches.

Supan, a communications major, came into the event ranked fourth after recording a school-record of 174-8 at the Ohio Athletic Conference Championships in late April to cement his spot in the national field.

The sophomore also competed in the shot put and finished 17th with a 50-8¾ toss.

Baseball

Kent State senior Ben Klafczynski (Highland) had three hits and drove in pair of runs as the Golden Flashes crushed Miami of Ohio 11-0 to capture the program’s third straight Mid-American Conference title. No. 25 Kent State (43-15) will open the NCAA Tournament Friday against Texas State (40-21) in the Austin Regional.

Track and field

Catherine Wiemers (Medina) helped Findlay’s 4×400-meter relay team to a sixth-place finish over the weekend at the NCAA D-II Championships in Turlock, California. The foursome, which also included Raven Clay, Lindsey Schmitmeyer and Christine Zimmermann, clocked 3:45.90.

• Stephanie Foster (Cloverleaf) earned All-American status in the pole vault for Walsh after clearing 12-1½ at the NAIA National Championships at Indiana Wesleyan University.

• Ursuline College’s Annie Grindle (Wadsworth) and Jaimie Grindle (Wadsworth) helped the 4×1 and 4×4 teams to 16th-place showings at the NAIA Nationals at Indiana Wesleyan. The 4×1 finished in 48.83, while the 4×4 clocked 3:55.03 — a full-second faster than the foursome’s indoor time that took eighth at nationals in the winter.

• Despite recording a career best and the third-best toss in school history, Akron’s Eric Hubbard (Medina) placed one spot out of qualifying for the NCAA Championships in the hammer throw. The junior chucked 200-4, but placed 13th overall. Also competing at the NCAA East Preliminary was Kenny Owens (Wadsworth), who took 16th in the pole vault (16-6¾) and K.C. LaCross (Medina), who was 20th in the 400 hurdles (52.70).

Contact Dan Brown at sports@medina-gazette.com.