Tieman wins UPike Spring Invitational, Abdon third
West graduate Jordan Tieman won the UPike Spring Invitational in a playoff on Sunday afternoon, as the Shawnee State men’s and women’s golf programs finished third and fourth, respectively, at the tournament.
Tieman rallied from fourth place after a 78 on Friday, shooting 70 on day two of the tournament to tie Pikeville’s Roger Maynard for first place. Tieman then hit an eagle in the playoff from 116 yards on the par-four ninth hole to win the tournament. Dagan Abdon also played well for Shawnee State, placing third by shooting 80-71 for a two-day score of 151, earning a place as a medalist. Shawnee State’s men placed third overall as a team.
Holly Hart was SSU’s best finisher on the women’s side, shooting 91-83 for a two-day score of 174, which was good for 12th place. Katherine Pirro also nabbed a top-15 finish for SSU, taking 15th place by shooting 95-89 for a two-day score of 184. SSU’s women placed fourth out of four teams in the tournament.
The Shawnee State men’s and women’s golf programs return to action on Monday, April 23 at the Mid-South Conference Championships, held at Bowling Green Country Club in Bowling Green, Kentucky.
Spencer, Adams qualify for NAIA T&F National Championships
Kate Spencer and Steven Adams both qualified for the NAIA Outdoor Track and Field National Championships in the half-marathon on Sunday at the Athens, Ohio Marathon.
Spencer finished first overall in the women’s half-marathon in Athens on Sunday, besting 464 runners in the event. She finished with a time of 1:28:03, nearly a full two minutes ahead of the NAIA’s national “A” standard of 1:30:00. Spencer’s qualification for the NAIA National Championships, which is the first of her career, ultimately allowed the senior to obtain Mid-South Conference Runner of the Week honors.
Adams also collected a strong finish in Athens by placing second in the men’s half-marathon. Adams finished the race in 1:13:40, beating the NAIA’s national “B” standard by over a minute and missing the “A” standard by a mere 10 seconds.
Spencer and Adams join a group of Bears who have qualified for the NAIA National Championships. Seth Farmer (JR/Waverly, Ohio) (1500-meter), Brooke Smith (JR/Wheelersburg, OH) (1500-meter, 5000-meter), Anna Havranek (SR/Sugarcreek, Ohio) (10,000-meter) and Alyssa Taylor (JR/Georgetown, OH) (10,000-meter) have all qualified for the championship meet in Gulf Shores, Alabama.
The Shawnee State track and field program returns to action this weekend at the Jesse Owens Classic and the Otterbein Twilight Invitational.
SSU tennis programs sweep Alice Lloyd
The Shawnee State University men’s and women’s tennis programs were able to notch two critical victories over the Alice Lloyd Eagles’ men’s and women’s tennis programs, with the latter winning by a 9-0 margin and the former claiming a 6-3 tally of victory.
Shawnee State’s success started in singles play, where Caspar Nolte and Matt Bryant, along with Zach Colley and Nate Hinze, took home victories by the same 8-4 scoreline over Brit Bowling and Justin Maggard and Daniel Minix and Kaleb Huber, respectively.
In singles play, the men’s team continued to find success as SSU won four out of its six matchups. Hinze defeated Bowling, 6-3, 7-6 (10-8), Colley defeated Maggard, 6-0, 6-3, Nolte defeated Minix, 6-1, 6-4, and Shane Hitchens claimed an 8-2 victory as the men claimed their sixth victory of the year — double the amount from the year prior — with one regular season matchup remaining.
From the outside, the Shawnee State women wasted no time dominating its opposition as the duo of Shelby Hay and Abby Brinkman won 8-3 over Kennedi Dacron and Ruth Ramos, while Jessica Willard and her partner, Caleigh O’Neal, claimed an 8-5 victory over Alice Lloyd’s Emily Boursin and Chinenle Ibe. Doubles play concluded with Michaela Garner and Jillian Kelly defeating Rachel McCoy and Morgan Arthur by an 8-1 margin.
In singles play, the women continued to hold serve. Shelby Hay grabbed an 8-2 victory over Dacron, while Jessica Willard took home two 6-0 victories over Ramos. Abby Brinkman followed that victory up with a 6-1, 6-1 tally against Boursin, and Jillian Kelly won 6-0, 6-1 over McCoy. To conclude the matchups, Michaela Garner triumphed over Kristin McCoy 8-0. This was the first complete sweep by the women’s tennis team since 2010, and with the victory, the women have equaled their number of wins from last year’s spring schedule.
Entering Monday, Shawnee State’s men were 6-18 while the women were 3-17 following losses to Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) on Saturday. The tennis program hosted Oakland City (Mich.) on Monday to conclude its regular season schedule and will play in the Mid-South Conference Tournament, which runs from April 20 to April 22.
Ashton, Gahm, Farmer show out in Miami Duals
Waverly’s Seth Farmer, Lucasville’s Bre Gahm, and Proctorville’s Hunter Ashton were among the top performers for Shawnee State in the Miami Duals, which were held on Saturday in Oxford.
Farmer, a junior who attended Piketon, finished first overall in the 5,000 meter race. Farmer recorded a final time of 15:08.46 in the win.
Ashton, a freshman from Proctorville who attended Fairland, participated in javelin, triple jump, and long jump, finishing fourth in the former of the three events. Gahm, a 2017 graduate from Valley, placed 14th in the discus event and was a top-20 finisher in the shot put.
The Shawnee State Track and Field program will be back in action on April 20 when the Bears perform in the Jesse Owens Classic in Columbus.