BLUFFTON, Ohio - A pair of Bluffton University men earned All-Heartland Conference awards when the hardware winners were announced on Thursday, Feb. 21. Freshmen Daniel Williams (Lansing, MI/Waverly) and Noah Judd (Columbia City, IN) were named Honorable Mention All-HCAC for their efforts at the Indoor Track and Field Championships on Saturday, Feb. 16.
Williams was third in the 60 meter dash with a time of 7.19 seconds and he added to his resume when the 4x200 team of Williams, Christian Parker (Urbana/West Liberty-Salem), Dalton Taynor (Troy/Miami East) and Omar Warlick (East Pointe, MI/Clintondale) took fourth (1:34.98).
Judd led the field event athletes with a third-place mark in the long jump with a leap of 21 feet, 0.5 inch. He was joined by Warlick, Brandon James (Waynesfield/Waynesfield-Goshen) and Connor Gulick (St. Louisville/Utica) on the 4X400 team that placed fourth with a time of 3:34.42.
Earning First Team All-Heartland Conference acclaim was junior Tori Bowen (Wapakoneta/Elida) who dominated the pole vault with an HCAC-record breaking height of 3.62 meters (11 feet, 10.5 inches), topping the meet record that was previously held by 2017 Bluffton graduate Terrill Webb.
Junior Alexis Cash (Gaines, Mich./Lake Fenton) took her place on the podium with a second-place finish in the 5000 meters with a time of 19:10.69. Cash followed that up later in the evening with a fourth-place mark in the 3000 meters with a time of 11:00.92. Cash secured Second Team All-HCAC recognition for her work in the 5000 meters.
A pair of the Beavers scored big points in the shot put as senior Maelinn Delong (Archbold/Bryan) placed third with a toss of 37 feet, 5.75 inches, while sophomore Stephanie Fox (Pickerington/Central) was fourth with a throw of 35 feet, 10.75 inches. Delong took home Honorable Mention honors for her toss in the shot put.
Bluffton senior Keturah Warlick (East Point, MI/Clintondale) and freshman Austin Hernandez (Marion/Ridgedale) were also recognized by the HCAC by being placed on the All-Conference Sportsmanship team for the 2019 indoor season. The award has been developed as part of a conference-wide sportsmanship initiative. Members of the All-HCAC Sportsmanship team are selected by the coaches and their teammates as individuals who demonstrate the ideals of positive sportsmanship both on and off the court.