Three Individuals, Men’s DMR Earn All-America Status Friday

Drew Windle
Drew Windle

Ashland University's indoor track and field program has four more All-American honors to add to its rolls following Day 1 of the NCAA Division II Championships on Friday (March 13) in Birmingham, Ala.

In the women's weight throw, senior Shatora Lewis finished third with a top effort of 66-feet-7¼, while fellow senior Jessica Bridenthal was fifth at 62-feet-2¼. In the men's weight throw, senior Zac Ball placed third with a top mark of 69-feet-3½.

Ending the day was the men's distance medley relay team of seniors Drew Windle and Joshua Davis, junior Nick Hall and freshman Halen Witcher, which placed seventh in 9:55.89.

Senior Elijha Owens will be the top seed in Saturday's (March 14) 60-meter hurdle finals at 4:25 p.m. Eastern. He won the preliminary on Friday with a time of 7.82 seconds, breaking the old facility record by three-tenths of a second.

Owens also qualified for Saturday's 400-meter dash finals (5:45 p.m.) after finishing fifth in prelims on Friday in 47.75.

Also moving on to Saturday was freshman Irene Skinner, who was seventh in the 400 dash prelims on Friday (55.60). Those finals will be 5:35 p.m. Eastern. 

Also on Saturday (Eastern time), junior Jamie Sindelar, Bridenthal, Lewis and sophomore Megan Tomei all will compete in the shot put at 3 p.m., senior Jennifer Bjelac will go in the pentathlon (final event at 2:30 p.m.) and senior Jennifer Foster and sophomore Rebecca Koval will take part in the high jump at 6:15 p.m. on the women's side.

On the men's side, Windle will compete in the 800-meter run (6:10 p.m.), and sophomore Jason Zahn and freshman Elijah Talk will participate in the shot put (6 p.m.).