Feature Story

Ohio Wesleyan, Delaware Shine During NCAA Championships

May 29, 2014 – by Katie Nunner '15

Cara DeAngelis ’14 receives her third-place trophy in the 5000-meter run. (Photo by Sara Blake)

Cara DeAngelis ’14 receives her third-place trophy in the 5000-meter run. (Photo by Sara Blake)

Ohio Wesleyan was in the spotlight as the University hosted the 2014 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championships on May 22-24. Nearly 750 men and women from close to 200 schools participated in the events. With estimates of 12,000 spectators milling around at OWU’s Selby Stadium, the events brought together teams, families, and spectators from areas across the country to Delaware, Ohio.

Andy Upton, from Bethany College in West Virginia said “It’s been a very enjoyable experience. Delaware is a nice town and the whole area is beautiful in general…the hospitality is great.”

“I really like atmosphere and the setup of the track,” said Megan Mulligan, a participant from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

Duane Gomez, Head Track & Field Coach from Kenyon said, “This is a great meet and very well run. It’s one of our favorite places to come for a track meet.” Not as evident for the athletes, their families, and friends were all of the earlier planning and collaborative efforts of the OWU and Delaware communities, that made the championships so enjoyable.

“I am proud of the first-class manner in which Delaware and the Ohio Wesleyan communities came together for this event,” said Kris Boey, Ohio Wesleyan’s director of track & field and cross country and head track & field coach. “Collectively, we surpassed our efforts of 2011 in welcoming the best of Division III Track & Field to our campus. A multitude of people worked behind the scenes to make this event so successful. I want to give recognition to the Buildings and Grounds staff, Chartwells, Aramark, the Office of University Communications, and many others who helped Ohio Wesleyan shine. I would be remiss not to thank my staff and the entire athletic department staff for their dedication to the positive outcome of this event. The NCAA staff, as well as coaches, participants, and spectators loved their return to Delaware for the championships.”

Photos from the Event

(Photos by Sara Blake and Kelli Venable ’17)