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4x100 Team Wins Conference and Competes in NCAA Championships
by Zachary Pretzer '03
sprinters on the women's track and field team bested their competition
at the conference championships last spring and got a chance that
most collegiate athletes only dream about.
a time of 48:58, their best time of the season and more than a second
faster than the second-place team, Oberlin's 4x100-meter relay team
automatically qualified to compete in last May's NCAA Division III
team included senior April Wynn, junior Courtney Stackhouse, sophomore
Amber Coleman, and freshman Teresa Collins.
team members had qualified for the big event in 2001, but they decided
not to go. This year, however, the timing was right.
made a different choice this year because of different members and
different attitudes," said Stackhouse.
Coleman, who hails from Maple Heights, Ohio, the trip to nationals
was a source of pride both for herself and her hometown.
in the Division III nationals was very special to me and my community,
family, mentors, and coaches," she said.
competition day, the weather was unfavorable and anxieties were
running high in the 4x100 field.
was cold and the competition was very good, fierce even. It was
obvious that other teams were trying to figure out who the heck
we were," Stackhouse said.
atmosphere was really tense," Coleman agreed. "People
weren't friendly like they are at regular meets. But we went into
nationals with the attitude of "Hey, we're here and we have
nothing to lose. No pressure, no stress, just do what we
team did well, achieving a time of 49:06, a pace that most women's
4x100-meter teams would envy. But it wasn't good enough to qualify
for the finals. Oberlin placed 15th in the nation.
didn't run our best time, and I think that had something to do with
the chilliness," Stackhouse said. "But we did manage to
beat another team, straight up, on foot, as opposed to the team
who placed behind us because they dropped the baton."
With Wynn's graduation, Oberlin's sprinters have a hole to fill
before they can qualify for nationals again.
losing April, but she was never an intended sprinter. She wanted
to be a hurdler and jumper only, but like a champ, she came on the
relay teams whenever she was needed," said Stackhouse.
will be hard to replace. I don't know who will step up and fill
her big shoesno pun intended," said Coleman. "But
I think we can do it again."
Honors Former Athletes
former Oberlin athletes were inducted into the Athletic Hall of
Fame last May. Comprising the 17th class are (left to right): Robin
Cardin Lowe '88, a record setter who totaled 353 saves in 1986,
and earned a .943 save percentage in 1987; Jon Laird '84, a three-time
All-Ohio Athletic Conference selection in football; David G. Stevenson,
Jr.'91, one of the most celebrated swimmers in Oberlin history;
Bernth Lindfors '59, an All-American soccer and All-Midwest lacrosse
player; Bill "Friar" Tuck '45, a six letter earner in
basketball, baseball, and football; and Sidney F. Bellows, class
of 1905 (not shown), a two-time football captain, and earner of
7 Ohio Athletic track titles.
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