2017 USATF Track & Field Outdoor Championships

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2017 USATF Track & Field Outdoor Championships

on 28 June 2017.

Drew Windle finishes 3rd in 800 meters

Anyone who has spent any time around the Ashland University track and field program has heard this phrase – "Tradition Never Graduates."

And while Drew Windle (New Albany HS) in fact is an Ashland University graduate, he continues to build upon the tradition he has forged as not only the top 800-meter runner in Eagle men's history, but, now, as one of the top men's 800 runners in the United States.

At the USA Track & Field 2017 Outdoor Championships in Sacramento, Calif., Windle finished third in the men's 800, crossing the finish line in 1:44.95. Not only was that a personal-best time for the former Eagle, it also punched his ticket as a member of Team USA for the 2017 International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Championships, August 4-13 in London, England.

Windle placed himself throughout the Ashland track and field record book, winning eight NCAA Division II national championships – six combined indoors and outdoors in the 800 run, one indoors in the 4x400 relay and one indoors in the distance medley relay.

 He is a 15-time All-American, and still claims school records in the indoor 800 run (1:46.52), as part of the indoor 4x400 relay (3:09.38) and the indoor DMR (9:49.14), and the outdoor 800 run (1:46.91).

Windle was the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) men's indoor track and field athlete of the year in both 2013 and 2014, and was the Ashland male 2014-15 Student-Athlete of the Year.

Drew senior year in high school won the Division I OHSAA State Track & Field Championships 800 meters with his 1:51.94 .

Emily Richards 8th in the 800 meters

Ohio Northern junior All-American Emily Richards (Delaware Hayes HS) finished eighth in the USA in the women's 800-meter run at the 2017 United States Track & Field Outdoor Championships at Hornet Stadium on the campus of California State-Sacramento.

She finished eighth in the finals in 2:01.74, which is the second-fastest time of her career. She set teh NCAA Division III 800 meter National record earlier in the year with her 2:00.62.

"I'm a little disappointed, but grateful that I made it this far," Richards said. "I really wanted to finish in under two minutes today. It wasn't my smartest race - I could have set myself up better (early in the race) to finish higher than eighth. But I learned from it and that is important."

"I'm so proud of Emily," ONU head coach Jason Maus said. "She's come so far with everything she's accomplished this season. She represents ONU and our program so well. She had a great championships, handling the rounds, the heat, and the competition so well. She learned a ton at this level and we'll continue to prepare to get better at this level. I'm just so proud of her."

Richards was seeded sixth in the finals with a semifinals time of 2:01.95.

Ajee' Wilson of Adidas won the race in 1:57.78, which makes her the third-fastest woman in the world this season.

All eight women entered the race ranked in the top 35 in the world, with five runners ranked in the top 15. Richards was ranked No. 32 in the world entering the meet.

Richards is a 5-time NCAA Division III Champion, winning the 800 three times and 1500 twice. This season, she swept the 800 and 1500 titles both Indoors and Outdoors after winning the 800 crown Outdoors in 2016.

She is also a CoSIDA Academic All-American and won the Ohio Athletic Conference Cross Country individual title in 2015.

Emily high school times were 400 meters 58.47  and 800 meters 2:21.00 .  She finished 11th her senior year at the OHSAA State Track & Field Championships in the 400 meters with her 59.39. 


Ohioans at USATF Outdoor Championships

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Women Long Jump  1st Tianna Bartoletta 23-1 ¾.

She won the Gold medal in the long jump at teh 20016 Olympics and was lead off running in the 4 x 100 meter relay winning Gold in the Olympics in 2012 and 2016.  She also won the long jump at the World Championship in 2005 and 2015, plus the long jump World Indoor Championship in 2006.

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Women 10,000 meters 2nd Emily Infeld 31:22.67. (Behind Sisson)

In 2015 Emily was the bronze medalist in the World Championships 10,000 meters. At teh 2016 Olympics she placed 11th in the 10,000 meters.


Men High Jump   3rd Erik Kynard Jr 7-5 ¼.

Two-time USATF Outdoors champion in the high jump in 2013 and 2015.  He was the Silver medalist in the 2012 Olympics


Men 800 meters  3rd Drew Windle 1:44.95.

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Women 400 meters 7th Jessica Beard 50.85.

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Men 1500 meters 13th Clayton Murphy 3:50.55.

Men 1500 Sam Prakel 7th 3:45.02.

Men 400 meters Hurdles 6th Quincy Downing JR 48.70.

Men Shot Put 5th Kurt Roberts 67-3.5.

Women Pole Vault 7th Katie Nageotte  14-11.

Men Discus 7th  Reggie Jagers 192-7.

Women 800 meters  8th Emily Richards 2:01.74.

Men Hammer8th Jordan Crayon 219-11.

Men Shot Put 9th Coy Blair 63-7.75.

Women Heptathlon 10th Jackie Siefring 5652.

Men Discus 12th Mack Tudor 182-3.

Men Discus14th Phil Jagers  180-1.


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