Findlay, Ohio – A month after the conference championship meet was held, the Great Midwest Athletic Conference (G-MAC) has announced the 2019 Great Midwest Athletic Conference Men's and Women's Indoor Track & Field honors for the 2018-19 season. The Oilers were well represented as they received a combined five first team honors, three second team honors, and five third team honors, as well as earning three Athlete of the Year awards.
Taking his place as the Men's Field Athlete of the Year is the Oilers' shot putter, Eldred Henry. Henry, a native of the British Virgin Islands, participated in five competitions this season in the shot put and took first place in each of those five meets, including the final meet of the year, the NCAA DII National Championship. Eldred wowed fans at the G-MAC Indoor Championship last month when he took first place with an NCAA Division II record throw of 20.61m (67-7.5) which was the 19th best throw in the world at the time. For his performance, Henry was the G-MAC Men's Field Athlete of the Meet.
Findlay's other Athlete of the Year is freshman standout Xavier Marable who has earned both Men's Track Athlete of the Year and Men's Freshman of the Year. Marable made his mark in the 400m dash this season where he saw incredible improvement over the course of just a few months. In his first race of the season, the Oiler Opener, Marable ran the 400 in a time of 49.9. By the G-MAC Championship, the speedster from Clayton, Ohio ran the race in a time of 47.86 which gave him the G-MAC title in the race, set a fieldhouse record, and gave him an automatic berth into the national championship meet. At that meet, Marable ran even faster, finishing in a time of 47.33 to take sixth place an earn all-American honors in just his first season with the Orange and Black.
Earning first team all-conference for the second consecutive year is Findlay native Austin Combs who also brought home a national championship for Findlay. Combs took first place at the G-MAC Championship in the weight throw with a throw of 20.59m (67-6.75) and followed that up with a National Championship performance in the event with a throw of 21.22m (69-7.5). Combs is just the third track and field athlete, indoor or outdoor, at Findlay to earn multiple national championships in a career, joining Justin Welch, who won weight throw and hammer throw in 2014 and 2015, and Derrick Vicars, who won discus in 2010 and outdoor shot put in 2012.
Freshman Justin Dreyling also earned first team honors in his first season with Findlay after a successful season in the jumps. In seven meets this winter, Dreyling took first or second in the triple jump and long jump on seven occasions. His season peaked in the triple jump at the G-MAC Championship where he took first place in the triple jump with a season-best distance of 14.34m (47-0.75).
Taking first team honors on the women's side was junior Semmoy Hemmings who ran indoor career-bests at the G-MAC Championship meet in both the 400 and 200 meter sprints. Hemmings' season pinnacled a month ago when she ran a 55.86 in the 400m final to earn the G-MAC title. She also set a new career mark in the 200m prelim with a time of 25.20 to quality in the top spot of the 200m final. She did not finish that race due to injury.
Earning second team for the men was junior Martin Etsey who took second place at the G-MAC Championship in the triple jump and finished third in the long jump while freshman Meadow Cromer and senior Hannah Hahler earned second team on the women's side. This season Cromer set a Findlay record in the pole vault, reaching a height of 12 feet, and later took second at the G-MAC Championship in that event. Hahler set career marks in both the shot put and weight throw at the G-MAC meet, taking second in the shot put with a throw of 14.35m (47-1.00) and third in the weight throw with a throw of 16.35m (53-7.75). For that effort, Hahler earned G-MAC Female Field Athlete of the Meet.
Earning third team all-conference honors were freshman Lane Kolb (sprints), sophomore Seth Saylor (middle distance), junior Lenell Shelby III (sprints), junior Gavin Stepansky (sprints), and freshman Hayley Robinett (sprints).