The Men's and Women's track teams at Ohio Christian are growing and improving rapidly with the addition of 16 new athletes which nearly doubles their squad size. "There is not just quantity in this recruiting class, but there is a lot of quality, both in performance and character," says head coach Eric Hamner. The recruiting class boasts several conference champions, 10 regional qualifiers (6 were All-Region), 3 State qualifiers, and one of those (Sam Church) became an Ohio State meet Champion with his 4x400 team. Coach Hamner had this to say about his upcoming season:

We built the nucleus of our team and team culture last year with a hard-working, dedicated, and devoted to Christ group of student-athletes; it is their turn to lead and show this talented incoming class what it means to be a trailblazer.  I truly believe that each and every one of these new team members will make an immediate impact on our steadily growing team. I invest a lot of time and effort in finding out the quality of character in each recruit and I spend more time and money to obtain those with quality character.  We still have a lot of building to do but this will be a trademark year for the Ohio Christian Track and Field team and I am excited to see what the future brings. I am extremely blessed and thankful to God for providing for His team by allowing me to work with such fine young men and women.

Featured below is a list of each and every new team member and some information about them:

 

Men                                        High School                           Events/Personal Bests___________________

Hayden Mink                            Westfall HS                           Distance- 4:54 (1600), 11:05(3200), 16:49 (5k)

Samuel Church                       Pemberville Eastwood        Mid-Distance- 51.2 (400), 2:00 (800), 4:30 (1600), 16:49(5k)

Canaan Gardner                      Amanda Clearcreek HS       Distance-4:52(1600), 10:29(3200), 16:53(5k)

Devon Miller                           Lakewood HS                        Sprints/Jumps- 11.3(100), 23.04(200), 19'4(LJ), 52.7(400)

Keagon Hardmon                   Van Wert HS                         Sprints- 11.2(100), 21.8(200), 48.7(400)

Nash Wilson                          Lancaster HS                         Throws- 137'2(Discus), 145'7(Hammer), 48'7(Shot)

Adam Bales                           Paint Valley HS                     Hurdles/Sprints- 15.78(110mh), 40.8(300mh)

Angel Paredes                      Honduras, IST                       Mid-Distance/Soccer- 4:52(1600), 17 beep test

Women

Zarria Williams                      Camden Catholic, NJ           Sprints/Jumps- 12.7(100), 25.7(200), 61.4(400), 17'8(LJ)

Alyssa Turrentine                Elida HS                                  Distance- 5:58(1600), 12:43(3200), 20:03(5k)

Madigan Marshall                West Union HS                     Distance/Sprints- 27.5(200), 62.3(400), 21:29(5k)

Ariel Young                         Dublin Scioto HS                  Distance- 5:28 (1600), 11:42(3200), 18:55(5k)

Markie Wipple                     Teays Valley HS                    Throws- 122'10(discus), 29'5.25(Shot)

Cayla Allen                            Vinton County HS                Sprints/Jumps/Volleyball

Rachel Lawwell                     Watkins Memorial HS         Sprints-12.59(100), 25.53(200), 60.1(400), 2:34(800)

Alexis Nelson                        Fairfield Union HS                Throws- 100'11(Discus), 35'7(Shot), 39'8(Weight)