University of Findlay Sophomore Derrick Vicars (Genoa) recorded a first place finish in the discus at the NCAA Division II Outdoor Track and Field National Championship on May 29 in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Vicars took home the national championship in the discus after a heave of 173-1. His top finish is only the second ever for the outdoor team as former standout Kendall Stevens won the 100-meter dash in 2006.
At the Tiffin Twilight Invitational on May 12, Vicars took home the gold in the shot put with an NCAA Division II automatic qualifying heave of 17.12 meters.
Later, Vicars took second in the shot put at the Keefer Invitational with a provisional mark of 55 feet, two inches. At the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Championships May 7 in Big Rapids, Mich., Vicars was sixth in the hammer throw (176-5). Findlay took fourth with 84 points.
The University of Findlay men's and women's outdoor track and field teams completed the second and final day of the 2010 Jesse Owens Classic on Saturday, May 1 in Columbus, Ohio as the Oilers put up a good showing against some of the top talent from around the nation. Vicars was 11th in the discus with a provisional qualifying toss of 164-10.
Vicars was named the GLIAC Field Athlete of the Week for the second time on April 28. Vicars finished first in the shot put with a NCAA automatic qualifying and school record breaking throw of 58-10 while taking third in the discus with an automatic qualifying heave of 173-11 at the Ashland Invitational.
Vicars was awarded with athlete of the week honors the first time on April 6 by the GLIAC. Vicars captured the gold in the discus with a school record breaking and NCAA provisional qualifying heave of 52-46 at the Oliver Nikoloff Invitational in Cincinnati. He also took third in the shot put (16-72) and fourth in the hammer throw (54-57), another provisional qualifying mark.
At the Wake Forest Open in Winston-Salem, N.C., Vicars led the way by placing first in two events as he took home the gold with a school record breaking and NCAA Division II provisional qualifying mark of 55-11/2 in the shot put and had the top finish in the discus at 170 feet, also a school record as well as a provisional mark.
Vicars transferred to Findlay from the University of Cincinnati. He was a multiple state qualifier in track at Genoa and was named first team All-Ohio in football. Last year as a UF freshman, Vicars was 14th in the NCAA D-II national discus championship
Findlay was ranked 19th in the latest United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) D-II poll, which was released on May 11.
Also at Findlay is sophomore pole vaulter and distance runner Elliot Goetz (Gibsonburg), sophomore distance runner Jordan Kirwen (Gibsonburg), and senior pole vaulter Ryan McKibben (Eastwood).
McKibben won the 2006 prep state championship in the pole vault as an Eagle. Goetz was named second team All-Suburban Lakes League and second team all-district as a Golden Bear. Kirwen was a two-time Ohio state qualifier in cross country and also qualified for state in track, in addition to being named first team All-SLL in basketball twice.