OC student named NCAC sprinter of the year
The Oberlin Yeowomen truly excelled in the NCAC track and field championships last Saturday. Senior Teresa Collins won three events and led the Yeowomen to a sixth place finish. Collins won the 200-meter with a time of 26.72. She then crossed the line first in the 400-meter in 58.87.
Not content to dominate just two events, she anchored the victorious 4x400 meter relay, which finished in 4:12.43.
“I’m really impressed with the first-years who competed,” said Collins. “They put forth a good effort and gave their individual events everything they had. Bronwen Davies did phenomenal in her field events and Lily Krichels, like always, held down her position on the 4x400 relay team,” said Collins.
The Atlanta, Ga. native won NCAC Sprinter of the Year honors for her performance at the meet.
“This meet was a great way to end my running career at Oberlin College. Everything just fell into place,” she said. “After the 4x400, I knew it was going to be a good day. But I never expected to gain as much recognition as I did by being honored as the most valuable female sprinter of the year.”
Senior Shannon Morris also secured a first place victory in the 800-meter in 2:16.38. Reflecting on these accomplishments, Head Coach Jason Hudson said, “This was just a really great way for both Collins and Morris to end their careers here. The whole team performed really well. Both sides, men’s and women’s squads, impressed me with the way they competed.”
Senior Leslie Bosworth finished second in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 1:06.93. Bosworth also placed third in the 100-meter hurdles at 15.84. Other notables include sophomore Ariane Burwell, who ran second in the 3,000-meter steeplechase in 11:56.20, and first-year Alison Doniger, who placed seventh in the 5,000-meter with a time of 18:28.26. First-year Marie Barnett secured an eighth place finish in the 1,500-meter with a time of 5:11.01.
The Oberlin Yeomen also performed well in the meet, placing seventh overall. Sophomore Edo Bedzra led the men’s squad. His best performance was in the 100-meter, which he ran in 11.16, placing second. Bedzra also placed fourth in the 200-meter, crossing the line with a time of 22.57.
“The men’s side did well. Shean Perry always gives his all in the pole vault and Edo Bedzra never fails to tear up his events with amazing speed,” said Collins. “I think they finished higher overall than they have in a long time. Despite the cold, cloudy and rainy weather, I think it was a great meet for everyone. It was what we trained all season for.”
First-year Cody Hartley also turned in a good performance, placing fifth in the 400-meter hurdles in 57.59. Sophomore Matt Ferris-Smith came in sixth in the 800-meter in 1:59.15.
Reflecting on the season, first-year Kate Cook said, “Overall we were
really pleased with our season. Everyone has improved so much. The team is
really going to miss our graduating seniors, but they did well in this final
meet. We were really proud of them.”