Millbury native Kristen Ameling wrapped up her track career at Tiffin University by placing ninth in the shot put at the NCAA Division II Outdoor Nationals, missing All-American by one spot.
Tiffin coach Jeremy Croy noted the Dragons sent the most athletes to the nationals that they ever had. Ameling led Tiffin University athletes at the nationals in San Angelo, Texas. A senior shot putter, she threw 45-2, but it was many of awards marking a storied college career.
Ameling was named Tiffin University’s Scholar Athlete of the Year during 2009 Commencement ceremony, capping a strong season where she set a new shot put record with a throw of 14-.06 meters. She won the shot put event at the GLIAC Championships, Oberlin, and Tiffin Invitationals and was also honored as GLIAC Outdoor Athlete of the Week.
The track and field GLIAC Championships were held at Hillsdale College, and the women tied for sixth place with Saginaw Valley State with a score of 42 points. Grand Valley State University won the women’s meet with 267 points, and Ashland won the men’s competition with 193 points.
The Dragons had three individual event champions and seven national qualifying performances in the course of the meet, but most were with the men’s team. For the ladies, Kristen Ameling earned the lone event championship. Ameling’s throw of 14.02m (46 feet) was the provisionally qualifying performance that qualified her for the national meet.
At the start of the outdoor season, the senior carried her momentum from the indoor season with another national qualifying performance and a tie of her own school record. Ameling clutched first place in the shot put at a meet with a toss of 13.5 meters, which at the time was good for the third best throw in NCAA Division II but would be a record she’d break several times later.
Ameling capped off her career with selection as 2009 CoSIDA First Team Academic All-American as selected by a vote of the CoSIDA Sports Information Directors.
Ameling, a GLIAC Commissioner's award recipient for the spring season, was also a First Team District 4 pick. She majored in Accounting and holds a 3.97 GPA.