Senior All-NCAC hurdler Lynne Hutchison (Solon) won the 55-meter conference title for the second time her career as the Hiram College indoor track and field teams completed the final day of competition of the 2008 North Coast Athletic Conference Championships hosted by Denison University in Granville. The Terrier women finished ninth while the men placed 10th overall. [Final Results] [Denison Championship Web Site]
The Terrier women scored 13 points to finish ninth overall. Ohio Wesleyan edged Allegheny (Pa.) College to claim its second straight team title and seventh overall with 154 points. The Gators were second with 152 points. Oberlin College rounded out the top three with 123 points.
Hutchison claimed the 55-meter hurdle championship with a time of 8.85 seconds. Hutchison was also the 2006 NCAC Champion in the 55-meter hurdles. The other individual performance of the day for the Terriers was a ninth-place finish by freshman Holly Finzel (Burton/Berkshire) in the one-mile run recording a time of 7:28.74. Hiram also had a pair of relay teams finish in the top-10. Sophomore Nadrienna Damaris (Detroit, Mich./Renaissance), Hutchison, sophomore Tiffani Martin (Loudonville) and freshmanKelly Taylor (Ghana/Wesley Girls) teamed up to finish sixth in the 4×200-meter relay posting a combined time of 1:55.63. Hutchison, Martin, freshman Kelly Blon (Jefferson) and Damaris placed ninth in the 4×400-meter relay crossing the finish line in a time of 4:39.79.
On the men’s side, the Terriers scored 12 points on the final day of competition to place 10th overall. Ohio Wesleyan jumped up from the third spot after yesterday’s events to claim the overall title with 163.50 points. It is the Bishops seventh conference championship and first since 2002. Allegheny finished second with 135 points followed by host school Denison in third at 73 points.
Highlighting the final day of competition for the men was junior Kevin Tolbert (Shaker Heights) who placed third in the 55-meter dash with a time of 6.69 seconds and earning All-NCAC honors. Sophomore Stefhen Offutt (Twinsburg) placed sixth in the same event posting a time of 6.88 seconds. The men also had a relay team finish in the top-10 in the 4×200-meter relay. Tolbert, Offutt, freshman Steve Hammond (Huber Heights/Kettering Fairmont) and senior Petar Besalev (Plovdiv, Bulgaria/Plovdiv Language School) combined efforts to place sixth overall in a time of 1:36.66.