Ranked Eagles Up To 8 Autos, 22 Provisionals For Nationals

Zac Ball at Youngstown State
Zac Ball at Youngstown State

Ashland University's nationally-ranked indoor track and field teams are growing their presence at the upcoming Division II Championships (March 13-14 in Birmingham, Ala.) on a weekly basis.

Combined, the Eagle women (ranked second in the country) and Eagle men (ranked third) now have eight automatic national-qualifying efforts and 22 provisional national-qualifying showings after the weekend's action at the Findlay Indoor Open & Elite Throws meet (Jan. 30) and the Penn State National meet (Jan. 30-31).

Senior Drew Windle, the two-time USTFCCCA Men's Indoor Track and Field Athlete of the Year and two-time national champion in the indoor 800-meter run, now has the fastest Division II time in that event this season (1:48.41).

On the women's side, seniors Shatora Lewis (70-feet-0½) and Jessica Bridenthal (69-feet-2½) have this season's two best marks in the country in the weight throw.

The Eagles will be back in action at the Akron Blue/Gold meet on Friday and Saturday (Feb. 6-7).



MEN'S WEIGHT THROW – Zac Ball (SR) 71-feet-10 (Jan. 9 at Ohio State); Jared Conklin (SR) 70-feet-3 (Dec. 5 at Kent State)

MEN'S 800-METER RUN – Drew Windle (SR) 1:48.41 (Jan. 30 at Penn State)

WOMEN'S HIGH JUMP – Jennifer Foster (SR) 5-feet-10½ (Dec. 5 at Kent State)

WOMEN'S SHOT PUT – Jamie Sindelar (JR) 52-feet-0 (Jan. 16 at Findlay); Jessica Bridenthal (SR) 50-feet-8 (Jan. 30 at Findlay)

WOMEN'S WEIGHT THROW – Shatora Lewis (SR) 70-feet-0½ (Jan. 30 at Findlay); Jessica Bridenthal (SR) 69-feet-2½ (Jan. 30 at Findlay)



MEN'S 400-METER DASH – Drew Windle (SR) 48.52 (Jan. 24 at Geneva)

MEN'S 3,000-METER RUN – Nick Hall (JR) 8:21.32 (Jan. 30 at Penn State)

MEN'S 60-METER HURDLES – Elijha Owens (SR) 7.95 (Jan. 30 at Penn State)

MEN'S SHOT PUT – Elijah Talk (FR) 56-feet-2½ (Dec. 5 at Kent State); Jason Zahn (SO) 55-feet-2 (Dec. 5 at Kent State); Zac Papay (SR) 54-feet-10¼ (Dec. 5 at Kent State); Zachary Smelcer (FR) 51-feet-10½ (Jan. 9 at Ohio State).

MEN'S WEIGHT THROW – Jordan Crayon (SO) 65-feet-4¾ (Jan. 16 at Findlay); Bryn Campbell (SO) 65-feet-4 (Dec. 5 at Kent State); Mack Taylor (SR) 63-feet-1½ (Jan. 24 at Geneva); James Clay Harris (SR) 63-feet-1¼ (Jan. 30 at Findlay); Clayton Jury (FR) 60-feet-9¼ (Jan. 30 at Findlay); Jared Whitcomb (JR) 56-feet-8 (Jan. 16 at Findlay).

MEN'S 4X400-METER RELAY – Elijha Owens (SR), Halen Witcher (FR), Drew Windle (SR) and Waquiem Comar (SR) 3:17.07 (Jan. 30 at Penn State)

MEN'S DISTANCE MEDLEY RELAY – Drew Windle (SR), Elijha Owens (SR), Joshua Davis (SR) and Nick Hall (JR) 9:59.49 (Jan. 30 at Penn State)

WOMEN'S 400-METER DASH – Irene Skinner (FR) 55.35 (Dec. 5 at Kent State)

WOMEN'S HIGH JUMP – Rebecca Koval (SO) 5-feet-8½ (Jan. 30 at Findlay)

WOMEN'S POLE VAULT – Jennifer Foster (SR) 11-feet-7¾ (Jan. 30 at Findlay)

WOMEN'S SHOT PUT – Shatora Lewis (SR) 48-feet-5½ (Jan. 30 at Findlay); Megan Tomei (SO) 44-feet-4¾ (Dec. 5 at Kent State)

WOMEN'S WEIGHT THROW – Kim Habegger (SR) 63-feet-9 (Jan. 30 at Findlay); Megan Tomei (SO) 56-feet-3¼ (Dec. 5 at Kent State)