ASHLAND – Trevor Bassitt has never shied away from competition.
During his high school days at Bluffton, Bassitt was dominant in the hurdles, winning Division III state titles in both the 110- and 300-meter hurdles.
Now, just after two years at Ashland University, Bassitt has already established himself as an elite performer amongst all NCAA Division II hurdlers and sprinters.
This spring, Ashland won the Men’s Division II Outdoor Track and Field National Championships, after notching the indoor national title in early March. In both cases, Ashland won the national title by just one point.
Bassitt was an integral part of the Eagles’ two national titles. In the recent outdoor season, the former Bluffton standout won the national title in the 400-meter hurdles (51.39 seconds) and finished second in the 110 hurdles (13.74). He also was part of the 1,600-meter relay that finished second (3:06.12).
In 2018, Bassitt notched a national title in the 1,600 relay during the outdoor season. Bassitt now has two national championships and five All-American honors.
Ashland is the first Division II men’s program to win both national team titles in the same year, since Saint Augustine accomplished this rare feat in 2014.
In both of Ashland’s national titles, it came down to the last event of the meet, the 1,600 relay.
“With the four-by-four (1,600 relay) at nationals, it was the first time we ran those four guys together, or at least, in that order,” Bassitt said.
Bassitt faced adversity this year, as he battled back from an injury this past winter. “I went through high school with generally zero injuries, whatsoever,” Bassitt said. “My freshman year in college, I pulled my hamstring very early in the outdoor season. I missed only a couple weeks for that. But this year, I pulled it (hamstring) two days before (indoor) conference (Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Championships). I got pretty healthy to run, but not healthy enough to hurdle. I tried to hurdle the day of the (conference) meet for warmups, but that just made it worse.”
Bassitt missed the Division II Indoor National Championships that followed the conference meet, two weeks later.
With Bassitt starting the season late, senior Myles Pringle (400, 1,600 relay) pulling a hamstring early on and head coach Jud Logan fighting B-Cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia, a successful outdoor season wasn’t a sure thing for Ashland.
“This team has been special from the start,” Bassitt said. “We all work hard and strive to be our best.”
Bassitt said the transition from high school to college has been rather smooth. However, he quickly realized at the college level that he needed to be at his best, every time he stepped onto the track.
“In high school, you can work pretty hard, show up to most meets, have a bad day and still win by a second to a second and a half,” he said. “Whereas in college, there are days when you have your best day and you still might only get second or third place.”
Bassitt quickly learned in college, there was more to training, than just going all out.
“In college, you have to work not necessarily harder, but work smarter,” Bassitt said. “In high school, there might only be five or six guys on the team who are at a high level. But once you’re in college, everyone on your team is good. So, you really have to ramp up your workouts and intensity. You have practice five days a week; and a lot of the focus is on recovering, getting better and also taking care of your body.”
Garnering early success in college has really inspired Bassitt to strive for the next level.
“I’ve told people that it was weird after I won the 400 hurdles (national title), because I really didn’t get that feeling, like, ‘Ok, I did it. …. Now, I’m done.’ It just felt like, because I won, it was like a mindset of, ‘What’s next?’” he said. “I know for me, this won’t change anything, whatsoever. If anything, it’s going to make me work harder, because now I know I’ll have that target on my back.”
Bassitt comes from a close-knit family. His sister, Kendra, is a former track standout and now the head track coach at Bath.
“Most of our meets are in Ohio. So, they have to drive a little bit, but they always find a way to make it there,” Bassitt said. “I’d say it was the right decision (to come to Ashland), to say the least.”
Bassitt has a double major in Finance and Business Management.