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Hillsdale, Heidelberg men dominate meets

Two area men's cross country teams posted “runaway” victories in their respective league meets.

The Hillsdale men's team claimed the school's 10th Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference title with an impressive performance in Houghton, Mich., on Oct. 21.

The Charger men placed all five of their scoring runners in the top 14 places to finish with 40 points, 33 better than runner-up Ashland.

Hillsdale's Steve Larson placed second and Eric Houghton took fifth to earn first-team All-GLIAC honors.

Hillsdale coach Bill Lundberg was named the GLIAC coach of the year.

Findlay's men's team finished 10th in the 12-team league with 271 points.

Heidelberg's men won the Ohio Athletic Conference for the third consecutive season.

The 'Berg finished with 35 points in the race run in Westerville, O., last Saturday.

Otterbein took second with 73 and Ohio Northern placed third with 99.

Heidelberg dominated the front of the pace in the men's race, taking four of the top eight spots. No other OAC school placed more than one runner in the top eight.

Junior Aaron Hay, a Seneca East graduate, won the race in 25:58.3.

Heidelberg sophomore Jacob Bibb placed fourth, while Jason Maus took fifth and Todd Gerwig finished eighth.

Senior Dan Hemmelgarn led Ohio Northern with a 10th-place finish.

Baldwin-Wallace claimed its 12th women's title in the 13 seasons the league has held the race by earning three of the top four spots and finishing with 26 points.

Heidelberg was second with 78 and Ohio Northern placed fifth with 106.

Freshman Sarah Mielke led The 'Berg, finishing third overall in 19:51.1, while senior Mandy Miller was ONU's top finisher with a ninth-place effort.

LEADER OF THE MCC: Bowsher graduate Mahogany Green has been named the preseason women's basketball player of the year for the Midwestern Collegiate Conference.

Green, a senior forward at Cleveland State, was selected in a vote of the league's coaches, sports information directors and media.

She led the conference by averaging 18.6 points per game in league action.

SISTER ACT: Two Perrysburg sisters were trying to reach the New York State Women's Collegiate Athletic Association volleyball tournament this weekend.

Katie Grajczyk is a senior at Clarkston College, where she co-captained the Golden Knights to a 10-18 season record.

She also ranked among the leaders in the Upstate Collegiate Athletic Association in kills, service aces and blocks.

Katie's younger sister, Angie, is a sophomore at St. John Fisher, which has a 16-18 record. Angie ranked among the NYSWCAA leaders in digs per contest.

But only one of the sisters got her wish with a berth in the NYSWCAA playoffs - Angie's St. John Fisher team was seeded 10th in the tournament, while Katie's Clarkson team will stay home.

Both sisters are graduates of Central Catholic High School.

WEEKLY WINNERS: Athletes from several area teams were named players of the week in their respective conferences.

Two Bluffton athletes earned Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference laurels for the second time this season when football player Shawn Goetz and volleyball player Mandy Pequignot were honored.

Goetz, a senior defensive back, was named the league's defensive player of the week after picking off two passes and blocking a field goal in the Beavers' victory over Franklin last Saturday.

Pequignot, a junior outside hitter, had 79 kills and 45 digs in five matches, including 20 kills and nine blocks in a victory over Defiance.

Heidelberg's Brad Bryant was named OAC defensive player of the week after completing an unusual “hat trick” in a loss to Otterbein.

Bryant, a junior nose tackle, intercepted a pass, recovered a fumble and blocked an extra point against the Cardinal.

He returned the interception 82 yards for his first career touchdown and finished the game with 10 tackles, including two for loss.

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