BLUFFTON — Bluffton University improved to 14-7 on the season with a 67-61 victory over Franklin College in women’s basketball.
This win moves the Beavers to 9-5 in Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference play, and it propelled the Beavers into a third place tie with the Grizzlies in the HCAC behind Transylvania and Hanover. This loss dropped Franklin to 11-9 on the season and 9-5 in conference play. It also marked the first time in school history that the women have defeated Franklin in consecutive seasons following a 59-54 win over the Grizzlies on December 7, 2013.
Taylor Whitaker led the Beavers in points with 19 and she was 8-for-8 from the free throw line. Also contributing for Bluffton was Macey Sheerer with 14 points and a team-high nine rebounds. Ottoville graduate Rachel Beining added 10 points and eight boards.
Bluffton 76, Franklin 64
BLUFFTON — Franklin College came to Bluffton looking to avenge a 74-70 December setback to the Beavers, however, Bluffton had none of it as the home team completed its first ever season sweep of the Grizzlies. The Beavers were able to ride a hot start and grind their way through the second half to a victory. Bluffton held its ground in the tournament picture while improving to 11-10 overall with a 7-7 mark in the conference. The Grizzlies dipped to 5-16 with a 4-10 record in the HCAC.
Bluffton’s Thayne Recker (19 points) and Joshua Woodrich (11 points) cashed in with double-doubles. They dominated the glass as Recker hauled in 11 rebounds and Woodrich ripped down a career-high 12.
Men’s track and field
ADA — Freshman Matt Molinaro set a freshman record and recorded the second fastest time in Ohio Northern indoor history in the 800 meter run as the Ohio Northern men’s track and field team finished first out of 11 teams Saturday afternoon at the annual Joe Banks Invitational at the ONU Fieldhouse.
The Polar Bears took first place with 163 points. Rose-Hulman was second with 131.50 points and Otterbein was third was 87.50 points. Bluffton finished sixth with 46 points.
Molinaro took first place in the 800 meter run, setting a freshman record, and recording the second fastest time in Ohio Northern indoor history, with a time of 1:55.58.
Sophomore Kase Schalois, a Van Wert graduate, finished first in the 5,000 meter run, finishing in 15:49.21.
Freshman Brandon Emert took first place in the 500 meter run finishing with a time of 1:09.15.
Also taking first place for Northern in the weight throw was senior Phil Farwig, with a throw of 55 feet, 1 1/2 inches.
The team of Emert, Roseler, freshman Conner Karg and senior James Rader won the 4x400 meter relay in 3:36.67.
Brandon Lowery of Bluffton won the 60 meters with a time of 8.67 seconds. Teammate Trey Everett won the high jump with a leap of 6 feet, 9 inches. The Beavers’ Trey Everett won the long jump with a mark of 22 feet, 11 3/4 inches.
Women’s track and field
ADA — Ohio Northern won its first home meet of the season as it hosted the annual Joe Banks Invitational in the Ohio Northern University Field House.
ONU finished with a team score of 155 followed by Otterbein (120) and Cedarville (120). Bluffton finished 10th with 20 points.
Senior Catie Huber set a new school record for the 1,000-meter run. Huber finished the race in 2:59.50, shattering the previous record of 3:01.10.
Sophomore Allison Gast, senior Gabrielle Metzner, sophomore Rebecca Carman and junior Brittany Lee placed second in the 4x200 meter relay with a time of 1:49.15.
The 4x400 meter relay team earned second place with a time of 4:10.82. Metzner, Lee, as well as sophomores Meagan Ellinger and Michelle Mosler formed the relay team.
Senior Gabrielle Metzner earned first place in the 60-meter run with a time of 9.17 seconds.
Freshman Kelly Andrews placed first in the weight throw with a toss of 49 feet, 9 3/4 inches.
Sarah Hunter of Bluffton won the 400 meter dash with a time of 59.55 seconds