18 Eagles Earn USTFCCCA All-American Status

18 Eagles Earn USTFCCCA All-American Status

Eighteen Ashland University indoor track and field athletes have earned 2015 All-American honors, the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) announced this week.

Ten Eagle men earned All-American status (seven first-team and three second-team) at the NCAA Division II Championships last weekend in Birmingham, Ala., led by senior Drew Windle's fifth overall title in the 800-meter run. Windle won in 1:49.24, and it was his third indoor national title to go with two outdoor championships.

Windle also was part of the distance medley relay team, with senior Joshua Davis, junior Nick Hall and freshman Halen Witcher, which earned first-team All-American laurels. Senior Elijha Owens earned the honors in the 60-meter hurdles and 400-meter dash, senior Zac Ball did so in the weight throw and freshman Elijah Talk earned honors in the shot put.

AU men earning second-team All-American awards were three weight throwers – seniors Jared Conklin and Mack Taylor and sophomore Jordan Crayon.

Eight Eagle women earned All-American honors (six first-team, two second-team). Seniors Shatora Lewis and Jessica Bridenthal each earned first-team honors in both the shot put and the weight throw. Senior Jennifer Foster (high jump), junior Jamie Sindelar (shot put), sophomore Megan Tomei (shot put) and freshman Irene Skinner (400-meter dash) also earned first-team selection.

Seniors Jennifer Bjelac (pentathlon) and Kim Habegger (weight throw) earned second-team All-American awards.

Student-athletes earned first-team honors by finishing among the top eight in their events, including as a member of a relay. For the first time, second-team honors were awarded for those finishing ninth through 12th.

Ashland's women finished tied for third place nationally, while the Eagle men placed fourth. Ashland University is the only Division II institution to have both its men's and women's indoor track and field team place in the top four in the country.