In the first week of 2019 outdoor action, Ashland University's women's track and field team had three hammer throwers earn provisional marks for NCAA Division II nationals, May 23-25 in Kingsville, Texas.
On Friday (March 29) at the Wooster Invitational, a fourth women's hammer thrower, redshirt freshman Carrol Pauley, has been added to the provo list. Pauley won the event on Friday at 51.96 meters/170-feet-5 – a lifetime PR mark which could move her into the top 16 in the nation depending on what happens elsewhere the weekend.
Second-place showings were turned in by sophomore Gianna DiPippo in the women's hammer (50.83 meters/166-feet-9), junior Paula Wollenslegel in the women's high jump (1.59 meters/5-feet-2½), senior Stephen Pop in the men's hammer (55.04 meters/180-feet-7), and sophomore Romi Smith in the women's javelin (35.41 meters/116-feet-2).
On Saturday (March 30) at Wooster, redshirt freshman Makayla Pop won the women's discus with a top heave of 45.39 meters/148-feet-1, while freshman Adam Keller won the men's pole vault at 4.60 meters/15-feet-1. Second-place finishes were turned in by Weimer in the women's shot put (12.64 meters/41-feet-5 3/4) and junior Amber Otermat in the women's pole vault (3.29 meters/10-feet-9 1/2).
Taking thirds on Saturday were Weimer in the women's discus (39.33 meters/129-feet-0) and senior Jacob Sprague in the men's pole vault (4.45 meters/14-feet-7 1/4).
Ashland's women, ranked No. 9 in the country, and men, ranked No. 12, will compete at the Northeast Ohio Quad on Friday and Saturday (April 5-6).