Tiffin University senior Kristen Ameling (Cardinal Stritch) reached yet another new high at the 2009 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships last week, finishing fourth in the nation with a school-record throw in the shot put.
In Saturday's women's shot put, Ameling threw 46 feet, 4 inches on her second throw on Mar. 13-14 at the University of Houston. The throw was a personal best for Ameling by five inches.
The effort led to a distinctive honor, as Ameling became the first Tiffin University female athlete to earn NCAA All-American status.
“For Ameling, years of hard work paid off at the championships,” states an article on the T.U. athletics website.
Ameling had an NCAA provisional qualifying mark as she placed fifth in the shot put with (44-6) at the Findlay Indoor Classic. Kristen already previously held the school record in the shot put in both indoor and outdoor events. She is currently ranked eighth in Division II in the shot put.
She set a new school record at the first meet of the season in December and has improved on her own record four times since then. On Feb. 4, she was named the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Field Athlete of the Week.
At the GLIAC Indoor championship meet on Feb. 28 at Saginaw Valley State University, Ameling finished in second place in the shot put with a throw of 45-11¼.
“Kristen Ameling came to the track and field program at Tiffin University late into indoor season her freshman year as a walk-on. She was a promising athlete who had experienced some success in high school, but had yet to develop her athletic potential. She started slow, seeing many girls throw farther than her, and yet remained determined,” the website article continues.
Her hard work paid off her sophomore year, placing second in the American Mideast Conference and earning a trip to the NAIA National meet.
“This helped to inspire Kristen, allowing her to see the level of dedication needed to participate in the high tiers of track and field at the collegiate level,” continues the web article.
“Her junior year she came back as always, an inspired athlete. Though she had a challenging indoor season, she responded by breaking the school record and qualifying for the NCAA Outdoor National Meet, ranking 19th in the nation in the shot put during the outdoor season. This was both an accomplishment and further motivation for her, as the NCAA chose to only take 18 individuals to the national meet. Kristen was forced to stay home while her peers competed for the national prize.
“From the start of the 2008-2009 season, Kristen refocused on what it would take to reach the level of success that she knew she was capable of. This led her to the repeated breaking of the school record during the 2009 indoor season. Her impressive marks constantly moved her higher on the national rankings list in the women’s shot put.
“She took second place at the GLIAC championship meet, without question the best throwing conference in the nation. At the end of the season, when the final national list came out, Kristen was ranked ninth in the nation for Division II. Only the top eight individuals at the national meet are deemed All-Americans. Kristen had the mindset that she would not be denied again.”
“She went into the national meet, confident with her ability and determined to reach All-American status. On her second throw of the meet, she did…She had placed fourth in the nation, and had stunned the field.
“Now Kristen looks forward to the 2009 Outdoor season. More school records are waiting to be broken, and another berth to the NCAA National Championships is within reach. With Ameling's outstanding work ethic, the sky is the limit. “
Ameling is majoring in Accounting with a 3.9 GPA and a 2005 graduate of Cardinal Stritch.
The Northwest Ohio Section of the American Welding Society and Owens Community College presents the 13th Annual Motorsports Welding Program Apr. 2 at the Automotive Technologies Center on campus at Owens. Speaker will be Karl Hoes, a welding instructor and motor sports welder, from the Lincoln Electric Company. Hoes welds on NASCAR and Nationwide cars, ARCA cars, IRL cars at trackside situations. He also works with Experimental Aircraft Builders Association.
Over 30 competition vehicles are to be on display from 6-9 p.m. Owens College, the University of Toledo, the University of Northwest Ohio, and Bowling Green State University will have vehicles on display along with the students who work on them. The program is open to the public and free of charge. Call Dick West at 419-862-2933 or Larry Blake at 419-349-1521.