Senior Matt Molinaro named OAC Men's Track Athlete of the Week

ADA — Senior Matt Molinaro (Sterling Heights, Mich./DeLaSalle) has been named the Ohio Athletic Conference Men's Track Athlete of the Week for the week of Jan. 29-Feb. 5 for his efforts at the Camel City Elite Races in Winston-Salem, North Carolina during the weekend.

Molinaro earned the honor for the second consecutive week.

The senior had a strong showing at the JDL Fast Track as he finished third overall in the 800-meter run and was the first collegiate athlete to cross the finish line.

Molinaro bested his collegiate counterparts in Div. I-foes Stefano Migliorati and Ryan Hastings in the event, finishing in 1:51.71. His time is currently the fastest time in the country among Div. III competitors.

The Polar Bears return to the track on Saturday afternoon as they travel to Westerville to compete in the All-Ohio Championships, hosted by Otterbein University.

Senior Emily Richards tabbed OAC Women's Track Athlete of the Week

ADA —Senior Emily Richards (Delaware/Hayes) has been named the Ohio Athletic Conference Women's Track Athlete of the Week for the week of Jan. 29-Feb. 5 for her efforts at the Camel City Elite Races in Winston-Salem, North Carolina during the weekend.

Richards added another historic and record-breaking day to her resume.

The senior competed in the 800-meter run at the JDL Fast Track where she finished sixth overall, behind two Division I athletes and three professional runners.

Richards finished the race in 2:07.46 and broke her own school record in the event and recorded the third fastest time in Div. III history in the event.

Her time is more the four seconds faster than the next closest Div. III athlete in the event.

The Polar Bears return to the track on Saturday afternoon as they travel to Westerville to compete in the All-Ohio Championships, hosted by Otterbein University.