Bechtel Nabs Fourth Straight NCAC Pole Vault Crown

Senior Sarah Bechtel (Bellefontaine) won her fourth consecutive North Coast Athletic Conference pole vault championship to lead Ohio Wesleyan during the first day of the NCAC championship meet, hosted by Denison University on Friday in Granville.

Ohio Wesleyan was leading the meet with 62½ points to 44 for Oberlin.  Denison was in third place with 40 points, followed by Allegheny (29), Wittenberg and DePauw (16), Wooster (13½), and Kenyon (12).

Bechtel won the pole vault by clearing 11-7¾.  The conference championship was her fourth in a row, making her the first woman in NCAC history to win 4 straight indoor pole vault titles.

All-NCAC honors also went to senior Antoinette Jolliff (Cardington/Cardington-Lincoln), who finished third in the pole vault; and junior Megan Gentile (Newton, Mass./North), who was third in the weight throw.

The Bishop distance medley relay team of junior Alex Tavenier (Elizabeth City, N.C./Northeastern), freshman Mallory McCormick (Gahanna/Bishop Hartley), senior Katelyn Nance (London), and sophomore Megan Schulze (Johnstown/Johnstown-Monroe) brought home All-NCAC laurels with its third-place finish.

Also standing out for the Bishops were junior Olivia DeMeio (Tallmadge), who finished fourth in the weight throw; freshman Sarah Fowler (Mount Vernon/Fredericktown), who was fifth in the 5000-meter run; junior Karli Sturgill (Lagrange/Keystone), who placed fifth in the pole vault; sophomore Amy Greenwood (Hebron/Granville), who was fifth in the triple jump; sophomore Sarah Alflen (Avon Lake), who finished fifth in the weight throw; sophomore Meigan Day (Port Clinton), who was sixth in the triple jump; junior Joyce Petersen (Avon/St. Joseph Academy), who placed seventh in the triple jump; freshman Mary Kate Caja (Lakewood/St. Joseph Academy), who finished eighth in the triple jump; and freshman Mariah Hicks (Ashville/Teays Valley), who tied for eighth in the pole vault.

In preliminary action, freshman Sierra Wright (Loudonville) recorded the meet’s best time in the 400-meter dash, finishing in :58.87, and sophomore Sara Johnson (Dublin/Coffman), whose time of :09.17 in the 60-meter hurdles was second-best on the day.

The NCAC championship is scheduled to conclude on Saturday.




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