Alex Hernandez (Eastwood), a freshman at Carnegie Mellon University in track and field, won the hammer throw at the University Athletic Association Championships in Pittsburgh on April 25. His winning distance of 159-11 earned him the Men's Rookie of the Year in the UAA in outdoor track and field.
Erica Lipstraw (Oak Harbor) was at the Hillsdale Michigan Gina relays this past weekend. She finished 13th with a personal best in the 400 hurdles.
Danielle Noe (Woodmore) defended her title in the 400 hurdles, leading the No. 22-ranked Ohio Northern women's track and field team to the 2009 Ohio Athletic Conference Championships title Friday and Saturday at Wilmington's Beckett Track & Field Facility.
The Polar Bears (58-4) completed the 2009 Indoor-Outdoor sweep, winning the outdoor team title with 125 points, edging Baldwin-Wallace, who finished second with 109 points.
This was the first time that Ohio Northern has won an OAC Outdoor Track & Field title.
Having won the conference cross country meet as well, the Polar Bears were dominating in running sports this year. The men also completed the triple-crown, making ONU the first school in history to win all three titles on the both the men's and women's sides in the same season.
Noe had an outstanding meet, defending her 2008 title in the 400 hurdles by winning in 1:03.14 and earning All-OAC accolades in the 400-meter dash by placing second in :59.39. She was awarded by being named the meet's Most Outstanding Sprinter.
Regina Bresson won the 10,000 meters Saturday afternoon in 19:03.45 and earned All-OAC honors by finishing second in the 10,000-meter run in 40:17.64 on Friday.
Nicole Hope, Janelle Jansen and Aubrie Stechschulte finished 1-2-3 in the pole vault.
Hope won the event by clearing 11-10, Jansen earned All-OAC honors by finishing second with a height of 11-.25 and Stechschulte, the 2009 Indoor OAC champion in the event, earned All-OAC kudos with a third place finish with a height of 11-.25.
Brittany Farber placed third in the 800-meter run, earning All-Conference honors in 2:18.24.
The Polar Bears' 4x800-meter relay team of Rachel Smith, Ashley Sottoway, Farber and Joy Kessler earned All-OAC kudos, finishing second in 9:36.18.
Northern's 4x400 relay squad made up of Brittany Farber, Noe, Taylor Garber and Kessler was third in 3:59.14, picking up All-Conference accolades.