After winning the North Coast Athletic Conference Indoor title in the 5,000 meter, Allegheny College’s Bobby Over added another honor last weekend at the NCAA Division III Indoor Championships.
The former Wadsworth standout earned All-America accolades in Naperville, Ill. with a personal-record 14:32.09, using a late sprint to finish fourth to cap a solid junior season.
“Bobby’s surge to the front of the pack happened with about 300 meters to go — it might have been just a little too early, but still he gave it a shot,” Allegheny coach Brent Wilkerson said. “That’s why we love watching Bobby race as much as we do. He’s always going for the win.
“I couldn’t be more proud of him. He had a great season, and I’m looking forward to what he’s going to do his senior year.”
Over, the NCAC Distance Runner of the Year, earned All-America cross country status earlier this year after a second-place showing at the D-III Championships.
In other national track news:
• Ashland’s Jennifer Foster (Cloverleaf) leaped 5 feet, 11½ inches on her second attempt to take second in the high jump at the D-II championships in Birmingham, Ala. The Eagles had two other county athletes make it to the podium, as Eric Klucar (Highland) tied for eighth in the pole vault (16-0¾) and Jacob Sussman (Wadsworth) helped Ashland’s distance medley relay to seventh (9:57.94).
• At the D-I meet in Fayetteville, Ark., Florida sophomore Taylor Burke placed 13th in the high jump to earn second-team All-America honors. Burke recorded a jump of 5-10.
• Andrew Zenczak (Brunswick) had an RBI single and scored a run as Heidelberg defeated Montclair 6-1. Earlier in the week, the shortstop had three RBIs during a 2-for-3 day at the plate in a loss to Salem State.
• Left fielder Dylan Cintula (Highland) scored four times and had a pair of singles as Findlay crushed Oakland City 24-12.
• Notre Dame of Ohio pitcher Matt Kastelic (Brunswick) improved to 3-1 with a 4-3 victory over Wayne State. Kastelic forced nine groundball outs and struck out two.
• Jake Palidar (Wadsworth) had an RBI single as Walsh outlasted Oakland City 5-1. Earlier in the week, teammate Brandon Whitslar (Cloverleaf) lost his first decision of the season despite striking out three in three innings.
• Lake Erie hurler Brad Raley (Highland) dropped his first decision of the year in a 7-4 loss to Greensboro. The junior allowed four runs on six hits in five innings, striking out five.
• Freshman Jessica Chidsey (Black River) smacked a single and scored a run as Baldwin Wallace edged Edgewood (Wisc.) 8-5.
• Alexa Montesano (Highland) scored Akron’s lone run as it lost 3-1 to Fairleigh Dickinson at the Rebel Spring Games.
Track and field
• Mitch Supan (Medina resident/Walsh Jesuit) won a pair of events and Shawn Cordes (Buckeye) paced the winning 4×100 as BW competed at the Coastal Carolina Snowbird Invitational. Supan took the discus (166-4) and shot (55-0¼). Fellow thrower Zach Marinucci (Brunswick) was fourth in the hammer. The 4×1 clocked 42.43, while the 4×4 team that features Ryan Weir (Cloverleaf) was fifth.
• Cleveland State’s Mike Bishop (Medina) fired a first-round 85 as he competed as an individual at the Benbow Invitational in Jacksonville.
• Lauren McKinzie (Highland) finished fifth in the individual competition for Ohio at the Rio Verde Collegiate Invitational, firing identical rounds of 84.
• Freshman Kendyl Stone (Brunswick) recorded five points to help Mount Union to its first win in program history — a 17-9 triumph over Thiel. Stone found the back of the net three times and dished two assists.
• Paced by five goals from Nikki Boltja (Medina), Louisville crushed Presbyterian 23-1. Boltja also had two assists.
• Thomas Kuczma (Brunswick) scored a goal as Hiram dropped its inaugural game with Houghton (NY) 12-11.
• Guard Tyler Peters (Medina) had 10 points, six rebounds and four assists as Wheaton fell to the University of St. Thomas 68-58 in the second round of the NCAA D-III Tournament. The junior finished the season averaging 18.5 points, 4.6 rebounds and 4.7 assists.
• Despite an early exit from the Mid-South Conference Tournament, Brooke Forsythe (Cloverleaf) and her University of the Cumberlands teammates will play this weekend in the NAIA D-I Tournament. The Patriots are making their 12th appearance and will take on top-seeded Westmont (Calif.) Thursday in the first round. In 18 games, Forsythe is averaging 7.2 points and is second on the team in blocks (11).
• Guard Taylor Woods (Wadsworth) dished out 10 assists and had 11 points to lead Ashland to the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference title with a 68-49 triumph over Findlay. Lindsay Tenyak (Wadsworth) chipped in 11 points for the Eagles, who open NCAA D-II Tournament play Friday on its home court against Indianapolis.
• Sophomore Dev King (Medina) and her Georgetown College teammates will open the NAIA D-I Tournament Thursday against No. 19 Lyon College. King is averaging 11.5 points for the No. 16 Tigers, who are making just their second national tournament appearance in program history.
• In his first trip to the D-II National Championships, Mercyhurst sophomore Michael Griffith (Medina) lost to the second- and fourth-ranked wrestlers at 149 pounds. Griffith was pinned by Central Oklahoma’s Jordan Basks and lost by technical fall to Cameryn Brady of Indianapolis 20-15 to miss the medal round. Griffith finished the season 25-12.
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