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94 All Americans
357 OAC Champions
113 All OAC cross country athletes

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Split squad weekend means you’re in for an extra treat 🍭 This week, there were four Polar Bear award winners! It was ext...
09/20/2022

Split squad weekend means you’re in for an extra treat 🍭

This week, there were four Polar Bear award winners! It was extra challenging to pick a winner this week since so many P-bears PRed! However, here is who stood out most after a full weekend of racing at All-Ohio and Rochester:

Rochester:

Sophomore Bailey Kreft set a new lifetime PR of 24:27 to place within the Top 50 in a meet of over 200 athletes. This is great momentum for Bailey, who only broke 25 minutes in the 6k twice last year. This year, she has already run under 25 minutes in both 6k races she has competed in.

Junior Braden Schaser had a bit of a rough start to his season. After a bout of sickness, Braden was sidelined for the first two meets. He dropped back in to run at Rochester and set a new lifetime best! Not only was his time fast, but he was the seventh finisher of a 12-deep squad for ONU.

All-Ohio:

Freshman Katie Prusnek comes to ONU having only run one full season of cross country, which is why it was so exciting to watch her set a new lifetime best of 20:40 in the 5k at All-Ohio to lead her team to an 8th place finish as ONU’s first scorer. This time was over a minute faster than her 5k time earlier this year.

We’re convinced senior Brooks Blakeley was withholding effort early in the season just to drop a fast time at All-Ohio to win the PBear award. Whatever he did worked, as Brooks was one of several polar bears to set a new personal best in the 8k race. His time of 27:40 is a 36-second PR and Brooks’s first time running under 28 minutes!

We are just under three months until our Jumps & Throws Camp! We've filled over 20% of slots in just a few weeks. Wait a...
09/19/2022

We are just under three months until our Jumps & Throws Camp! We've filled over 20% of slots in just a few weeks. Wait any longer to sign up and you might miss out!

Camp dates are December 17th & 18th.
For grades 7-12
Sign up and more information can be found @ onusports.com/athletics/camps_clinics/index

The bears return to action this weekend in ✌🏼 different locations. Some of our bears will travel up to Rochester, NY to ...
09/15/2022

The bears return to action this weekend in ✌🏼 different locations.

Some of our bears will travel up to Rochester, NY to face off with new competition at the Yellow Jacket Invitational (post-race Buffalo wings at Duff’s *might* be involved), while others will head down to Cedarville for the annual All-Ohio Championship (pizza at midnight *will* be involved).

This year’s champs will be extra special as the race will take place under the lights on Friday night. You won’t want to miss it!

All-OH:
8:25 pm- Women’s 6k
9:10 pm- Men’s 8k

Rochester:
11 am- Women’s 6k
11:45 am- Men’s 8k

Let’s hear it for this week’s round of P-Bear award winners 👏The bears ran full distances this past weekend at the Witte...
09/14/2022

Let’s hear it for this week’s round of P-Bear award winners 👏

The bears ran full distances this past weekend at the Wittenberg Invitational and the results did not disappoint! Both the men’s and women’s team brought home victories, thanks to the great effort of every P-Bear. These are the efforts that stood out the most over the weekend:

Men’s: Jared Swartz moved very well throughout this entire race. One of his teammates described him as someone who “moves when no one is ready for it,” the exact strategy needed to beat competitors. Jared ran a new 8k lifetime best of 27:00 and was the team’s fifth scorer.

Women’s: Olesya Mertz is having the season of her life! Coming fresh off of a massive 5k PR last weekend, Olesya set a new lifetime best in the 6k of 23:50, nearly a 90 second PR! To top it off, Olesya was the women’s second scorer and is steadily becoming someone the women’s team can count on to make a big impact as they move up in the regional rankings (up to #4 this week!)

Great work, polar bears!

The bears are back in action this Saturday at the Clark County Fairgrounds for the Wittenberg Invitational. The women ar...
09/08/2022

The bears are back in action this Saturday at the Clark County Fairgrounds for the Wittenberg Invitational. The women are first at 10am with the men to follow at 10:40am. This will be the first time running 6k for women and 8k for men for our new polar bears!

New year, new round of P-bear award recipients!ONU XC opened up their season at home last weekend with a victory for bot...
09/07/2022

New year, new round of P-bear award recipients!

ONU XC opened up their season at home last weekend with a victory for both the men’s and women’s teams. While many performances were impressive, these are the races that the coaching staff was most proud of.

Women: Freshman Kennedy Rader opened up her rookie season with a sub-20 minute 5k, good for fourth overall and second of ONU runners. Kennedy will be a valuable asset to the women’s team moving forward into the season.

Men’s: After a bumpy summer of injury, junior Kyle Roth bounced back impressively well in his first official race of the 2022 season. He covered 6k in 19:29, good for third overall and first of ONU finishers. We are excited to welcome back a healthy Kyle this fall!

That’s it for your first round of P-bear award winners. Stay tuned for next week’s winners following our meet at Wittenberg this weekend.

The bears will begin their cross country season this weekend at home! Come on out to campus Saturday morning to cheer on...
09/01/2022

The bears will begin their cross country season this weekend at home! Come on out to campus Saturday morning to cheer on your favorite P-Bears (past and present!)🐻‍❄️

It is an ONU XC tradition to invite the alumni back to compete for the first meet of the year. The men’s 6k race will begin at 10am with the women’s 5k race to follow at 10:45am.

A picnic lunch for ONU athletes, families, and alumni will follow (parents & alumni, please help cover a cost of $11).

We’re ready for a big opening weekend!

We are excited to announce our winter Track & Field camp for 2022! This year we will offer multiple events including all...
08/26/2022

We are excited to announce our winter Track & Field camp for 2022! This year we will offer multiple events including all jumping events, shot put & weight throw.

We would love to have you all share this with anyone who may be interested. Your help is greatly appreciated!

Camp dates are December 17th & 18th.
For grades 7-12.
Sign up and more information can be found @ onusports.com/athletics/camps_clinics/index

It’s the first day of classes for our ONU bears, which means meet #1 is now less than two weeks away! Take a look at all...
08/22/2022

It’s the first day of classes for our ONU bears, which means meet #1 is now less than two weeks away!

Take a look at all the places the bears are headed this XC season

All smiles for the start of cross country 😁 Schedule dropping on Monday 🗓
08/20/2022

All smiles for the start of cross country 😁


Schedule dropping on Monday 🗓

#1 …the one you’ve been waiting for!Our top moment from last year:Men’s: Sophomore Keegan Digby qualified to the NCAA Ou...
08/17/2022

#1 …the one you’ve been waiting for!

Our top moment from last year:

Men’s: Sophomore Keegan Digby qualified to the NCAA Outdoor Championship in the men’s shot put with his school record toss of 16.34 meters. This was his only lifetime toss over 16 meters until the NCAA meet when he put three marks over 16 meters on the board. His farthest throw, 16.38 meters, broke his own school record and earned him NCAA ALL-AMERICAN 👏

Women’s: Senior Tessa Pitcovich earned her spot in her second career XC NCAA Championship after a dominating fall season. Falling shy of All-American, Tessa didn’t know why coach wanted her to stick around for the award ceremony, until the announcer named Tessa the 2022 recipient of the Elite 90 award, a prestigious academic award that goes to the athlete at the NCAA champs with the highest GPA and number of credit hours. Tessa has a 4.0 in accounting and returns for another year of competition, which means another shot at earning All-American honors.

Happy move-in day 🎉 The bears are back on campus and ready for a big-time 2022-23 year!

#2Women’s: Junior Anna Schatzle had a tremendous year, qualifying for her first NCAA championship meet indoors as ONU’s ...
08/16/2022

#2

Women’s: Junior Anna Schatzle had a tremendous year, qualifying for her first NCAA championship meet indoors as ONU’s sole representative. She then set a new lifetime PR at the St Francis Fighting Chance invite, clearing 3.75 meters in the vault to qualify for her second NCAA meet of the year.

Men’s: What a year for our men’s 4x4! The Polar Bear squad of Jordan Dean, David Gross, Hunter Kesler, and Trey Myers ran a new school record of 3:14.57 to narrowly miss qualifying for the NCAA meet, which had one of the most competitive 4x4 fields in NCAA history. The best part? All of these p-bears will be back next year 🔥

T-1️⃣ day until move-in day!

#3 Women’s: Today is a team-wide shoutout to the ONU Women’s team that represented the P-Bears at the Outdoor OAC Champi...
08/15/2022

#3

Women’s: Today is a team-wide shoutout to the ONU Women’s team that represented the P-Bears at the Outdoor OAC Championship meet. After two days of gutsy performances and lots of teamwork, the women placed third overall, their highest finish since winning the team title in 2018. To repeat a third place finish twice in one year (once indoors and once outdoors) is very difficult in such a competitive conference and we sure were proud of how our bears battled to remain in the Top 3!

Men’s: This year showed a full-circle moment for Senior Andy Buderer, who qualified to his first NCAA meet in 2020 in North Carolina, when the meet was cancelled due to COVID and competitors were sent home. As a result, he missed out on an opportunity to compete. After two years of navigating a pandemic and putting in the work to make it back to the national stage, Andy secured his spot to SPIRE, clearing a lifetime PR height of 4.86 meters in the pole vault at the St. Francis Fighting Chance Invite. Regaining the chance to compete at NCAAs was truly a special moment for Andy.



T-2️⃣ days until move-in day (and one day if you’re on the XC team! See you tomorrow, XC Bears!)

#4Some history-making performances coming in at #4!Men’s: The men’s 4x1 squad of Nate Dean, Hunter Kesler, Vini Sousa, a...
08/14/2022

#4

Some history-making performances coming in at #4!

Men’s: The men’s 4x1 squad of Nate Dean, Hunter Kesler, Vini Sousa, and Ozzie Miller traveled to the Augustana Twilight Qualifier at the end of the outdoor season for a chance to make history. They ran 41.34, the fastest time run by a Northern 4x1 squad in 8 years (the last team to do so qualified for the NCAA championship in Delaware, OH in 2014).

Women’s: Freshman Sami Sellers had a highly impressive rookie season. Outdoors, she set PRs in all four throwing events in a single meet! Her most impressive performance, however, was at the Mount a Union Last Chance Meet when she threw 40.04 meters (over 131 feet) in the discus, a toss that ranks third farthest in ONU history! Did we mention she was just a freshman??

T-3️⃣ days until move-in day!

#5A couple of OAC champions coming in at number 5!Men’s: Senior Jack Lehr won his first conference title in the men’s ja...
08/13/2022

#5

A couple of OAC champions coming in at number 5!

Men’s: Senior Jack Lehr won his first conference title in the men’s javelin to kick off a huge weekend for our bears! His toss of 51.23 meters was a new lifetime best and his first toss back over 50 meters since 2019. Way to go, Jack!

Women’s: In similar fashion, sophomore Olivia Ogg set a massive new PB at the indoor OAC championships when she cleared 3.47 meters in the women’s pole vault. This was her first time over 11 feet, a height she proceeded to clear three more times over the course of the season 📈

T-4️⃣ days until move-in day!

#6Lots of bears to feature in this next one!Women’s: it was a big year for our women’s triple jumpers, who made the OAC ...
08/12/2022

#6

Lots of bears to feature in this next one!

Women’s: it was a big year for our women’s triple jumpers, who made the OAC podium both indoors and outdoors! During the indoor season, freshman Chloe Gibson jumped her way to a third place finish in a lifetime best of 10.55m. Chloe was sitting in third place at the outdoor OAC meet until junior Mackenzie Detmer leaped to a new personal best of 10.36 meters on her final jump, securing third place and a spot on the podium. What an exciting finish!

Men’s: It was also a huge year for our men’s sprints squad, who set many records both indoors and outdoors. At the Wittenberg Invite indoors, senior Nate Dean and junior Hunter Kesler dropped a big-time performance in the 200m dash, running 22.07 and 22.23, respectively. Nate’s time of 22.07 improved his previous school record of 22.19, and Hunter’s 22.23 rose to the #2 fastest 200m in ONU history. The top three marks in ONU history in the indoor 200m were all set last winter 🔥

T-5️⃣ days until move-in day!


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#7Men’s: The men’s distance events in the OAC have gotten steeply competitive in recent years, which is why sophomore Ky...
08/11/2022

#7

Men’s: The men’s distance events in the OAC have gotten steeply competitive in recent years, which is why sophomore Kyle Roth’s and senior Patrick Baker’s conference championship 10k performance was a top-10 moment from last year. They ran 31:27 and 31:29, respectively, which raises them to #5 and #6 all-time in ONU history.

Women’s: A 5-4 high jumper out of Columbian HS, we knew Toria Ingalls was going to be good. At the Indoor OAC Championships, she cleared 5-4.25 (a new lifetime best) to earn All-OAC and become the highest jumping freshman in ONU history.

T-6️⃣ days until move in day!



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#8Women’s: Sophomore Rosie Schroeder showed up when it counted at the outdoor OAC meet, setting two big hurdle PRs in bo...
08/10/2022

#8

Women’s: Sophomore Rosie Schroeder showed up when it counted at the outdoor OAC meet, setting two big hurdle PRs in both the 100m (16.01) and 400m hurdles (67.81). These performances advanced her to the final in both events, having huge implications for the women’s team score.

Men’s: On two separate weekends during the indoor season, freshman sprint standouts Ozzie Miller and Jordan Dean both set freshman records in their respective events. Ozzie’s time of 7.03 in the 60m dash and Jordan’s time of 22.35 in the 200m dash are the fastest times to ever be run by a freshman in the ONU track program. What does that tell you about their remaining few years? 👀

T-7️⃣ days until move-in day!

#9Men: Sophomore Trey Myers won the outdoor 800m OAC title in a time of 1:53.77, making him the seventh fastest 800m ath...
08/09/2022

#9

Men: Sophomore Trey Myers won the outdoor 800m OAC title in a time of 1:53.77, making him the seventh fastest 800m athlete in ONU history.

Women: Senior Taylor Ellerbrock placed 20th overall at the Great Lakes Regional XC Championship to earn All-Region honors. With this performance, she narrowly missed qualifying for the national meet as an individual by 3 spots. Her time if 22:43 over 6k was a new lifetime PR.

T-8️⃣ days until move-in day!

The 2022-23 school year is near! To help us count down the days until move-in day, we thought we’d take a look back at t...
08/08/2022

The 2022-23 school year is near! To help us count down the days until move-in day, we thought we’d take a look back at the Top 10 moments from the 2021-22 year in ONU XC/T&F. The staff voted on some of their favorite moments and here’s what they came up with.

Coming in at #10:

Women: Freshman Olyvia Ashbrook ran 65.49 over 400m hurdles at the Bison Outdoor Classic to rise to #8 in ONU history 👊

Men: At the OAC Championship meet, senior Travis Sutter, junior Breydan Hann, and sophomore Braden Schaser all ran PRs in the steeplechase. Their times of 9:23, 9:40, and 9:41, respectively, put these bears at #5, #7, and #10 in ONU history!

Tune in over the next 10 days to catch more year highlights!



T-9️⃣ days until move-in day!

It's finally Friday and we have our final group of New Bears to share with you! This class has a lot of depth in every e...
08/05/2022

It's finally Friday and we have our final group of New Bears to share with you! This class has a lot of depth in every event group. We can't wait to get started!

Thank you for showing so much love for our New Bears this past week! How excited are you to see them in action this year?

Yes, we're still going! We're excited for this fourth group of New Bears. Aren't you? One more day of celebration for ou...
08/04/2022

Yes, we're still going! We're excited for this fourth group of New Bears. Aren't you?

One more day of celebration for our New Bears tomorrow! Keep the love coming

It's Wednesday. Give yourself an extra 5 minutes scrolling on your phone... our treat!!While you're at it, help us welco...
08/03/2022

It's Wednesday. Give yourself an extra 5 minutes scrolling on your phone... our treat!!

While you're at it, help us welcome our third group of New Bears! Another group dropping tomorrow

Thought yesterday was impressive? Check out our second group of New Bears who will be joining us in less than a month! K...
08/02/2022

Thought yesterday was impressive? Check out our second group of New Bears who will be joining us in less than a month!

Keep those likes coming! We'll introduce another group of New Bears tomorrow

We are beyond excited to welcome our first group of New Bears to our program! Please help us celebrate the new members o...
08/01/2022

We are beyond excited to welcome our first group of New Bears to our program!
Please help us celebrate the new members of our team!

Stay tuned through the week as we introduce the rest of our incoming bears!

Be sure to tune into ESPN 2 between 1:15-1:30 est to watch Emily run the 800m in Memphis, TN at the Ed Murphey Classic.📷...
07/30/2022

Be sure to tune into ESPN 2 between 1:15-1:30 est to watch Emily run the 800m in Memphis, TN at the Ed Murphey Classic.

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We had a blast this past weekend co-hosting the annual Polar Bear 5k with  ! Check out some of our favorite moments from...
07/18/2022

We had a blast this past weekend co-hosting the annual Polar Bear 5k with !

Check out some of our favorite moments from the race 🐻‍❄

Seven Polar Bears have been awarded  All-Academic honors for the 2021-22 seasons. Athletes given this award have earned ...
07/15/2022

Seven Polar Bears have been awarded All-Academic honors for the 2021-22 seasons. Athletes given this award have earned a 3.3 GPA or higher AND were ranked in the top 50 in their respective events indoors. How impressive is that!? 🐻‍❄

Shoutout to these student-athletes:
Toria Ingalls-Chemistry 
Olivia Ogg-Mechanical Engineering 
Tessa Pitcovich-Accounting 
Anna Schatzle-Marketing
Jordan Dean-Computer Science 
Sam Krabacher-Pharmacy
 Tommy Vetrovsky-Construction Mgmt

Academics 🤝 AthleticsBoth the Women's and Men's teams earned  All-Academic Team honors for the 2022 seasons! 🐻‍❄
07/14/2022

Academics 🤝 Athletics

Both the Women's and Men's teams earned All-Academic Team honors for the 2022 seasons! 🐻‍❄

Semi Final Day!! Congratulations on earning the opportunity to race again tonight.  Good luck Emily! 🏃‍♀️ 🐻‍❄
06/24/2022

Semi Final Day!! Congratulations on earning the opportunity to race again tonight. Good luck Emily! 🏃‍♀️ 🐻‍❄

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Shout out to the athletes that grabbed bags and blankets and everything else today out of the bleachers so their teammates could prepare for the 5000 in the rain and would come back to dry things!!! (And they also protected all the food!)
Every week I go to chemo treatment I dedicate my fight to someone special that has inspired me to be a better person, a stronger fighter. This week I chose my “kids” at ONU. Good luck in your first meet of the season. I believe in you!
Congratulations guys!!!!
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Great work today Bears!!!
Great job today Bears! 🧡❄️🐻🖤
Go get em today Bears! 🧡🖤❄️🐻 We believe in you!!!
Saw this on the Findlay Xc page (in case you missed this news...)
FYI:
Cedarville will be charging $8 for parking
The start of the men’s race today. What a thrill to watch them run again.
🏃‍♀️ THE RUN TO TOKYO 🇺🇸

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“The Women's 800 is super competitive this year & I feel it could be anyone’s race," Richards told me. "If I run my best race and focus on enjoying the experience...then I think everything else will fall into place.”

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What an amazing finish to the OAC meet with the 4x400 men taking 2nd and pulling the men’s team up to 3rd place. Congratulations to all of the athletes this season! You have been a joy to watch. Good luck to those who are competing over the next two weeks and on to nationals. 🧡🖤🧡🖤
What time do the long jump and triple jump start tomorrow?
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