Men's Track Finishes as National Runner-Up

Men's Track Finishes as National Runner-Up


The University of Findlay men and women's outdoor track and field teams wrapped up the 2015 NCAA Division II National Championship on May 23 in Allendale, Mich. The men's squad recorded a runner-up finish with 50 points while the women took 30th with nine points.

The men's team led after each of the first two days, but were edged out by St. Augustine's in the end as the Falcons came up with a big day on Saturday to claim a three-point win over the Oilers with 53 points. The Oilers also finished as the runner-up during the indoor season, falling five points behind Adams State in the standings.

On day three of the championship, senior Taylor Miller paced the men's squad with a runner-up finish in the shot put. Miller scored the silver with a throw of 60'06 en route to All-American accolades.

Sophomore Ben Hahler finished fifth with a throw of 59'04 in the shot while senior Mathieu Marcoccia placed eighth in the event with a heave of 57'04.75. Both competitors earned All-American honors for their performance.

On the women's side, senior Kendra Averesch earned All-American honors in the shot put with a sixth place finish. Averesch recorded a toss of 49'08.25 in the event.

At the three-day championship event, the Oilers racked up one national champion and a total of 12 All-American awards.

Senior Justin Welch was the national champion in the hammer throw (221'05) and also earned All-American honors with a seventh place finish in the discus (179'05.

Junior Michael Bruce earned two All-American awards with a third place finish in the triple jump (51'00.25) and fourth place finish in the long jump (24'08.50) while sophomore Alexander Zolotoglavyy scored a third place finish in the long jump (24'11) for his All-American honor.

Senior Demorrio Leggett earned All-American honors in the triple jump with a school record-breaking mark of 51'06.25, which was good for second place, while the men's team had Miller, Hahler and Marcoccia earn All-American honors in the shot.

On the women's side, junior Lydia Guagenti placed fourth in the high jump (5'08) while Averesch earned her honor in the shot put.

Sophomore Erica King also added an eighth place finish in the hammer throw (180'03) to round out the All-Americans for Findlay.