MASON — Zachary Beaschler fell 6-2, 6-2 to Dayton Miami Valley School’s Colton Morehart in the Division II singles third-place match Saturday at the Boys State Tennis Tournament held at Lindner Family Tennis Center.
Earlier, Beaschler lost 6-1, 6-0 in the semifinals to Cincinnati Indian Hill’s Andrew Pregel, who went on to win the championship.
Track & field
AMHERST — Lima Senior’s I’Tayia Harris set a school record of 44.94 in finishing fifth at Friday’s Division I regional.
Men’s track & field
8th in pole vault
LACROSSE, Wis. — Bluffton’s Gabe Makin, a freshman from Elida High School, tied for eighth in the pole vault on the final day of the NCAA III Championships at Roger Harring Stadium.
Makin cleared 15 feet, 9 inches. Monmouth senior Dan Evers was first, clearing 17-08.5.
Also, Ohio Northern senior national champion and four-time All-American Matt Molinaro suffered an injury and finished 12th in the 1,500-meter run.
Molinaro was comfortably in the middle of a tightly bound pack when he appeared to get tangled up with another runner and suffered a leg injury on the third lap. He fought through the injury, but fell to the back of the pack and finished in 4:00.62, well off of his qualifying time of 3:54.03.
“I got tangled up on lap 3,” Molinaro said. “I caught myself, but landed funny and felt it.”
He then scratched in the men’s 800.
“It’s a tough way to end a career for sure,” ONU head coach Jason Maus said. “It’s a part of sports, but it’s still tough to swallow. He’s had a first-ballot Hall of Fame career and is one of the best track athletes in ONU history. He has been tremendous for us for four years. I feel bad for him that this is the way his career came to an end.”
Women’s track & field
wins 800, 1,500
LACROSSE, Wis. — Senior Emily Richards swept the 800 and 1,500-meter runs on the final day of the 2018 NCAA III Championships at Roger Harring Stadium.
She ends her career as a nine-time NCAA champion and a 13-time All-American after sweeping the 800 and 1,500 for the fourth consecutive Championships meet.
Richards began her day by defending her 2017 national title in the 1,500 by winning by more then three seconds in 4:25.08. She led wire-to-wire, racing to a 1.8 second lead after the first 300 meters and was never threatened.
Just more than an hour later, she finished her career as a three-time champion and a four-time All-American in the 800.
She again jumped to a large lead in the first 200 meters and posted a three-second victory in a stadium record 2:04.22.
“I wanted to go out fast in each race,” Richards said. “It went just as I had hoped. It’s amazing to remember as a freshman when I was seventh in this race and how my career at Ohio Northern has progressed. It’s been a wonderful four years and it has been so much fun.”
This marks the 11th time in ONU history that a Polar Bear has earned All-America honors in the women’s 800 and the 21st time in the men’s and women’s 800.
As a team, the No. 9-ranked Polar Bears finished in seventh place with 30.5 points.
Richards accounted for 20 of the points with her two victories. Junior Maddy Reed won the national title and scored 10 points and sophomore Maggie Krause tied for eighth place and scored a half a point in the pole vault on Thursday.
UNOH 13, St. Thomas 9
LEWISTON, Idaho — Jose Paulino had three hits and and four RBI, Erich Gonzalez had three hits and two RBI, Felix Correa had two hits and two RBI, Misael Lebron and Blake Maines each had two hits and an RBI and Dayfran Ortiz had two hits as the University of Northwestern Ohio won an elimination game at the NAIA World Series.
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. — Due to rain and lightning, the final round at the par 72 PGA National Championship Course was canceled Friday.
“We were pulled on and off the course a few times before they decided to cancel,” UNOH head coach Dawn West said. “We did a good job working around the delays, however, and had climbed up a couple of spots in the team rankings before the round was called off. It was a tough way to end our season and to end the careers of our seniors, Faithe Carr and Lauren Crooks.”
Caitriona Griffin was selected to the All-Tournament Team, finishing tied for 13th overall with a three-round score of 232. As a result of being named to the All-Tournament Team, Griffin automatically qualifies for the 2019 national tournament.
“Caitriona had a great week for us,” West said. “She played well, even through some tough conditions. I couldn’t be more proud of her and the rest of the team for their effort.”
Off the course, the UNOH team was nominated for an individual Champions of Character Award.
“We had a great experience this week and we represented ourselves and the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference well on and off the course,” West said. “We are somewhat disappointed with where we finished, but I am proud of the heart and desire we showed out there.”
Also competing for the Racers were Devaki Anatha Ganesh (235, tied for 22nd), Natalia Quintero (249, tied for 69th), Carr (256, tied for 81st) and Lauren Crooks (262, 86th). UNOH finished 13th in the team standings with a 970. Savannah College of Art and Design won the team title (909).
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