Senior Kyle Gunn won three events as the Northwood boys were runner-up at the Toledo Area Athletic Conference track meet last week, following Toledo Christian (187) with 129½) points.
Following the Rangers were Ottawa Hills (101), Cardinal Stritch (51), Maumee Valley (16½), Danbury (11), and Emmanuel Christian (3).
Gunn won the 100 (11.2), 200 (22.4), and high jump (6-2). Other Northwood winners were the 4x200 relay team of sophomore Seth Dunbar, senior Chris Keith, senior Spencer Guerrero, and junior Brad Minkowski (1:34.8); Chris Keith, 400 (51.7); Spencer Guerrero, 300 hurdles (41.9); and junior Andrew Pietras, discus (136-5).
In the TAAC girls meet, two freshmen excelled as Northwood was third following TC (187) and Ottawa Hills (90) with 84 ½ points. Stritch was fourth with 82 points.
Champions from Northwood included freshman Jessica Grindle in the 100 hurdles (16.1) and 300 hurdles (47.6), and freshman Kayla Kurth in the long jump (14-1 ½).
Cardinal Stritch sophomore Sydney James won the 200 (26.9), and the Stritch relay team of freshman Gabrielle Mosiniak, sophomore Lauren Oberlin, senior Julia Borysiak, and sophomore Sydney Jones were TAAC champions in the 4x400.
Ohio Northern track athlete Dani Noe (Woodmre) ran a personal best in the 400-meter hurdles to lead the Ohio Northern men's and women's track & field teams at the Gregory Invitational hosted by North Central (Ill.)
Noe won the race in 1:02.50 to better her previous best time by .5 seconds and Lammers vaulted 15-9.75 to better his best career mark by 4.75 inches.
The Ohio Northern track & field teams will be sending only one female participant, Noe, to compete in the 2009 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championships hosted by Marietta this past weekend.
Noe is making her second consecutive trip to the NCAA Championship in the 400-meter hurdles. She has a qualifying time of 1:02.50 which is the ninth fastest qualifying time in the nation.
The women's 400-meter hurdles preliminaries are slated for Thursday at 5:20 pm with the finals on Saturday at 3:25 pm.
Headlining the field for the ONU men is three-time national champion and eight-time All-American Jimmy O'Brien (Eastwood), who will be competing in three different events.
O'Brien will begin things on Thursday by competing in the 1,500-meter prelims at 4:15 and later in the 4x400-meter relay prelims at 7:20 pm. His final trial will be on Friday at 4:40 pm in the 800-meter run.
O'Brien has the fourth fastest 1,500-meter time in the nation this year at 3:49.90.
He has won the indoor 800-meter national title twice, including earlier this year at Rose-Hulman (Ind.), and the outdoor 800-meter national title once. He also has the fastest qualifying time in the nation (1:48.68) heading into the meet.
His finals for the 1,500, 800 and relay will all take place on Saturday at 1:20 pm, 2:50 pm and 4:45 pm, respectively.
Joining O'Brien on the 4x400-meter relay team are all first-time championship participants in Amstutz, Heyman and Huntley. The relay has the 11th-fastest qualifying time this year at 3:14.80.
The Bowling Green Falcons won their second straight Mid-American Conference regular-season and MAC East Division titles this season. They were 28-20 (18-8 MAC) heading into this week's MAC Tournament.
Derek Spencer (Clay) is third on the team with a .389 average and leads the Falcons in home runs (14) and RBI (57), while Patrick Martin (Clay) is batting .352. Last Saturday, in a 17-9 win over Akron that clinched the MAC title for the Falcons, Spencer hit three home runs and drove in seven.
"Derek is a tremendous defensive third baseman," Coach Danny Schmitz said. "He can hit for average and hit for power, and he's an outstanding third baseman. He's an all-around player and a quiet leader. When he crosses the white lines, he lets his actions do the talking for us. He was all-conference as a sophomore and he's had a tremendous year again.
"Patrick has rebounded from Tommy John (elbow) surgery and worked very hard to get his arm back in shape. We knew pitching-wise he wasn't going to be pitching much because the surgery (rehab) takes about a year. As a position player he's performed very well. He started out platooning in left field and he's a guy who can play all three defensive positions."
Also playing for the Falcons is fifth-year senior Ryan Price (Oak Harbor), sophomore right-handed pitcher Charles Wooten (Woodmore), and red-shirted senior Kevin Leady (Eastwood). Price is batting .259 with two doubles this season, while Wooten has a 4-2 record in 22 games as a reliever with a35 strikeouts and 19 walks.
Schmitz was named the Coach of the Year in the conference after becoming only the fifth coach in league history to reach the 500 win plateau, was named the top field boss in the MAC for the third time in his career. Schmitz, who has a 517-461-4 record in his 19 seasons at the helm, was also the Coach of the Year in 1994 and 1995.