D2 Indoor Nationals: Loughney's winning mark surpasses D1 national champ
After an amazing season by many competitors, the NCAA Division II championships lived up to the high expectations. Ryan Loughney (Ashland) broke 22 meters for the fourth time this year to easily take the men's title. His winning mark of 22.20 meters was even better than the winning mark at the Division I championships. Matt Royer (Indianapolis), Derrick Vicars (Findlay) and Richard Quick (Ashland) also all broke 21 meters to place second through fourth respecitvely. With four men over 21 meters, the meet was also nearly as deep as the Division I championship where just six men broke that barrier. The championships were definitely a high point for one of the deepest years in the history of Division II weight throwing.
Sam Lockhart (Grand Valley State) continued her consistent season with another 20 meter throw and a win in the women's competition. Jessica Rowland (Findlay) led most of the competition while Lockhart and teammate Liz Murphy (Grand Valey State) sat in second and third position. But both Lockhart and Murphy improved in the final round. Lockhart's throw was good enough for gold and Murphy was able to pass Rowland by inches for the silver.
2012 NCAA Division II Indoor Championships Hosted by Minnesota State University Mankato - 3/9/2012 to 3/10/2012 Mankato, MN Men Weight Throw ========================================================================================== Top 9 marks advance to final. Meet: * 25.08m 3/9/2007 Kibwe Johnson, Ashland Name Year School Seed Finals Points ========================================================================================== 1 59 Ryan Loughney SR Ashland 22.99m 22.20m 72-10.00 10 21.19m 21.97m 21.32m 21.48m 22.11m 22.20m 2 193 Matt Royer SR Indianapolis 21.53m 21.36m 70-01.00 8 21.18m 21.04m 21.36m FOUL 21.14m 20.67m 3 134 Derrick Vicars SR Findlay 21.20m 21.34m 70-00.25 6 18.94m FOUL 21.34m 21.19m FOUL FOUL 4 61 Richard Quick JR Ashland 21.94m 21.18m 69-06.00 5 20.88m 21.18m FOUL FOUL 19.84m 20.45m 5 195 Ryan Smith JR Indianapolis 19.50m 20.57m 67-06.00 4 19.28m FOUL 19.27m FOUL 18.93m 20.57m 6 387 Ross Bunchek SR Wayne St. (N 21.01m 20.50m 67-03.25 3 20.44m FOUL FOUL 20.50m FOUL 19.62m 7 57 Garrett Grey JR Ashland 20.54m 20.27m 66-06.00 2 19.09m FOUL FOUL 20.27m FOUL FOUL 8 60 Cory Meuleman SR Ashland 20.59m 19.69m 64-07.25 1 18.61m 18.84m 18.50m 19.69m FOUL FOUL 9 53 Craig Call JR Ashland 19.97m 19.39m 63-07.50 19.39m FOUL FOUL FOUL FOUL FOUL 10 259 Brandon Karlin SR Nebraska-Kea 18.54m 18.80m 61-08.25 11 233 Mark Manno JR Lock Haven 18.47m 18.38m 60-03.75 12 408 Ryan Walstrom SR Western Stat 18.92m 18.36m 60-03.00 Women Weight Throw ========================================================================================== Top 9 marks advance to final. Meet: * 20.53m 3/9/2002 Jackie Jeschelnig, Ashland (OH) Name Year School Seed Finals Points ========================================================================================== 1 165 Sam Lockhart JR Grand Valley 20.61m 20.57m* 67-06.00 10 18.51m 19.54m 19.52m 19.72m FOUL 20.57m 2 167 Liz Murphy JR Grand Valley 21.19m 19.93m 65-04.75 8 19.19m 19.39m 19.21m FOUL FOUL 19.93m 3 127 Jessica Rowland JR Findlay 19.56m 19.89m 65-03.25 6 19.11m 19.89m FOUL 18.14m 19.85m 19.89m 4 49 Jessica Bridenthal FR Ashland 19.60m 19.10m 62-08.00 5 FOUL 18.07m 18.32m 18.22m 18.21m 19.10m 5 46 Kelly Ash SR Ashland 20.25m 19.01m 62-04.50 4 18.21m 19.01m 18.52m FOUL 17.88m 18.48m 6 416 Jenny Schuler SR Winona State 19.62m 18.55m 60-10.50 3 18.23m FOUL 18.55m 17.98m 17.43m 17.36m 7 180 Kathy Dirksen JR Hillsdale 18.41m 18.41m 60-05.00 2 FOUL 18.05m 18.41m 18.18m 18.23m 18.21m 8 170 Jamie Smith JR Grand Valley 18.64m 18.34m 60-02.00 1 17.87m 18.34m FOUL 17.59m 17.60m 17.82m 9 351 Ashley Dewitt SO Tiffin 18.55m 17.93m 58-10.00 17.32m 17.87m 17.93m 17.72m 16.89m 17.39m 10 277 Kristin Cameron SR Northwood 19.46m 17.85m 58-06.75 11 51 Kim Habegger FR Ashland 19.08m 17.66m 57-11.25 12 414 Michelle Potter SR Winona State 18.34m 17.51m 57-05.50 13 35 Bidemi Balogun SR American Int 18.65m 17.39m 57-00.75 14 385 Carly Fehringer SO Wayne St. (N 18.32m 17.34m 56-10.75