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Your 2021 ONU XC/T&F Wrapped is here 🎉
12/01/2021

Your 2021 ONU XC/T&F Wrapped is here 🎉

The P-Bears are back and ready to face the tundra with their new hats! Compliments of the Pate family—thanks for helping...
11/29/2021

The P-Bears are back and ready to face the tundra with their new hats! Compliments of the Pate family—thanks for helping ONU XC #PolarBearUp

The P-Bears are back and ready to face the tundra with their new hats! Compliments of the Pate family—thanks for helping ONU XC #PolarBearUp

Senior spotlight alert! 🚨 Today’s shoutout goes to Taylor Ellerbrock, a Medical Laboratory Science and Biology double-ma...
11/22/2021

Senior spotlight alert! 🚨

Today’s shoutout goes to Taylor Ellerbrock, a Medical Laboratory Science and Biology double-major with a minor in Public Health. What a list! Even with a course load like that, Taylor has made the Dean’s List every semester and is also an Academic All-American 📚

In cross country, Taylor holds some speedy PRs—she has run 18:03 in the 5k and set a lifetime best of 22:43 for the 6k last weekend at the Great Lakes Regional meet, a performance that earned her All-Region honors.

Her favorite memories from ONU cross country are the two mile time trials on the track under the lights before the conference meet each year. (Taylor is a middie at heart and never turns down an opportunity to run fast on the track!)

You may see her indulging in a unique snack before big runs—Taylor is known to eat marshmallows before ever race. Ever seen a polar bear eating marshmallows in a snowstorm? We have!

After graduation, she plans to work in a hospital laboratory testing specimens. 🔬 She would like to thank her family, friends, and coaches for their help and encouragement over the years.

Go Bears!

ICYMI:Tessa Pitcovich competed in the 2021 NCAA DIII Cross Country Championship in Louisville, KY this weekend. She plac...
11/21/2021

ICYMI:

Tessa Pitcovich competed in the 2021 NCAA DIII Cross Country Championship in Louisville, KY this weekend. She placed 139th in 22 minutes and 41 seconds, just a second off what she ran in the 2019 NCAA meet to place 77th. Phew, what a fast weekend! With extremely steep competition this year, Tessa finished in the top half of the country in arguably one of her best XC seasons yet, and we sure are proud of her for her season-long success.

Not only was she in the top half of the nation athletically but was also the top student athlete at the NCAA meet. Her 4.0 GPA in Accounting won her the Elite 90 award, a prestigious academic award that goes to one male and one female national qualifier with the highest GPA of anyone else present. Of the 13 women with 4.0’s, Tessa had the most credit hours, which secured her victory.

She becomes the second athlete in ONU cross country’s history and the first female athlete in any sport at ONU to win this award. What an incredible honor!

Congrats, Tessa! 👏

📸: Wes Mayberry/ONU Sports

NCAA weekend is here!!Tomorrow, senior Tessa Pitcovich will line up at her second XC National meet in Louisville, KY. On...
11/19/2021

NCAA weekend is here!!

Tomorrow, senior Tessa Pitcovich will line up at her second XC National meet in Louisville, KY. On this same course two years ago, she placed 77th. Tomorrow, she will look to best this (already impressive) accomplishment as she lines up with some of the best in the nation. Race start is tomorrow at noon EST.

Go, Tessa!! You make us Polar Bear proud!

NCAA weekend is here!!

Tomorrow, senior Tessa Pitcovich will line up at her second XC National meet in Louisville, KY. On this same course two years ago, she placed 77th. Tomorrow, she will look to best this (already impressive) accomplishment as she lines up with some of the best in the nation. Race start is tomorrow at noon EST.

Go, Tessa!! You make us Polar Bear proud!

11/18/2021

That 4:46.86 feeling 😎😎

#imsofastimsofasthowdidigetsofast

Coach Maus having a little fun with the team after “Monster Circuits” today. Amidst a lineup of mountain climbers, box jumps, stair climbs, push-ups and the like, Coach assigned “learn a tik tok dance” to today’s workout session.

Comment below who has the best moves! 👇

Next on stage for a Senior Spotlight is Caden Sauerbrey, a fourth-year pharmacy student and member of both our XC/T&F te...
11/15/2021

Next on stage for a Senior Spotlight is Caden Sauerbrey, a fourth-year pharmacy student and member of both our XC/T&F teams.

In his class schedule, Caden sprinkles some history in with his science and anatomy classes, as he holds a minor in history in addition to his pharmacy major. Additionally, he is a member of the American Pharmacists Association as well as Northern Christian Fellowship.

His future plans include graduating with his PharmD and completing residency to become a compounding pharmacist.

In running, Caden was the 2018 Newcomer of the Year award winner, the Emory Invite 5k Champion during the teams travel trip to Georgia, and is also a letter winner.

His favorite XC memory is freshman year camp in Hocking Hills, where he enjoyed spending time with his teammates and having fun doing all things camp-related together. In fact, all of his favorite memories from running and college include his teammates, as he states that “the friends I have made on this team have been my favorite part of running.” After all, what fun is running if it can’t be enjoyed with friends?

Caden hails from Dresden, OH, where he grew up on a sheep farm 🐑 If that sounds ewe-nique, ask him about his retro video game collection, one of his most prized possessions.

As the cross season draws to a close, Caden would like to thank his family for their support over the years, his high school coach for helping him to enjoy running, Coach Maus, his fellow seniors, and his teammates for never giving up on him and being there when he needed them to be.

Go bears!

You know what day it is… 😏 Happy #SeniorSunday!This one goes out to Rue Whitmore, a nursing major from Mason, OH. In add...
11/15/2021

You know what day it is… 😏

Happy #SeniorSunday!

This one goes out to Rue Whitmore, a nursing major from Mason, OH.

In addition to her involvement in XC/T&F and the nursing program, Rue is a member of the National Student Nurses Association, works in the admissions office as a Bear Ambassador, and is involved in religious life via Northern Christian Fellowship/Fusion.

On the running front, Rue has an impressive list of accolades. She has been Second Team All-OAC, All-Region XC, and was the Mandy Miller Award of Excellence recipient in 2018. Rue holds PRs of 22:46 in the 6k and 18:16 in the 5k.

Her favorite running memory is from the Regional XC meet her freshman year where she PR'd by 1:30 and earned All-Region. She was supported by her teammates, and her family surprised her with longtime friends. This was also followed by the “Best pancakes ever from Bob's.” She also loved playing Activate games after the Louisville meet this year… she is a master of the trenches #IYKYK

Rue is also great in the classroom, having earned 4x Academic All-OAC, 3x Academic All-American, the Debow Freed Award for Leadership, Nursing Class Scholar, and 5x Dean's List.

It is not unusual to see Rue walking around with ice wrapped around her legs prior to a workout, as her fun fact is that this does not affect her. Must be the ice in her veins ❄️😉

Upon graduation, Rue plans to pass the NCLEX and work in pediatric nursing with hopes of becoming a pediatric nurse practitioner.

She would like to thank her parents/family for always being her number 1 supporters (seriously, they bring a special “RUE” flag to wave at her meets), the AT staff for making sure that she keeps all body parts functioning, especially Rachael and Logan, Coach Maus for always challenging and pushing her to do more than she thinks, and her boyfriend Dawson for being her comedic relief and always supporting her.

Go Bears!

Leaving Regionals with two seventh place finishes! The bears closed out the season today with one of the best efforts th...
11/13/2021

Leaving Regionals with two seventh place finishes! The bears closed out the season today with one of the best efforts they’ve put forth all year.

The men came in unranked and finished 7th overall. They were led by senior Patrick Baker who finished 42nd, just under a second off of his 8k PR. With a pack time of just 29 seconds, the men scored a total of 277 points.

The women entered the weekend ranked 8th and finished 7th overall, 8 points ahead of conference runner-up Mount Union. They were led by seniors Tessa Pitcovich and Taylor Ellerbrock, who placed 5th and 20th, respectively, to earn all-region honors.

Tessa locked in her spot to the national meet in Louisville next weekend, where she will represent ONU for the second time in her career on this stage.

Raise a Yoo-hoo in celebration for the polar bears today! 🍫🥛

The bears return to action this weekend for the 2021 NCAA Great Lakes Regional Championships! Seven will race on each si...
11/11/2021

The bears return to action this weekend for the 2021 NCAA Great Lakes Regional Championships! Seven will race on each side, with three additional bears serving as alternates, prepared to support their team via cheering, boosting morale, or stepping in to race after two weeks of training post-conference.

This year’s Great Lakes Region, after a re-alignment that took place in 2020, will include the teams of Centre College and Berea College out of Kentucky, as well as Franciscan of Steubenville.

The women enter this weekend ranked 8th, hungry to move up a few more places, and the men come in looking to continue their streak of top-10 finishes in this competitive region. This meet serves as the pre-cursor to the national meet next weekend in Louisville.

To qualify to nationals: The first place team in each race will be granted a trip to the NCAA meet in Louisville, with a reserve number of spots open for at-large bids to later be awarded by the NCAA. The top seven individuals in each race, excluding those on teams who advance, will also advance to the national meet.

The race will take place in Shelbyville, IN at Blue River Memorial park. The men will race first at 11am with the women to follow promptly at 12:15pm.

Go bears!

And the senior spotlight now turns to Dylan McKean, or as he has been come to know by “D-Mac.”Dylan double-majors in Pha...
11/09/2021

And the senior spotlight now turns to Dylan McKean, or as he has been come to know by “D-Mac.”

Dylan double-majors in Pharmaceutical & Healthcare Business and Accounting, a switch he made from the College of Pharmacy partway through college. He plans to use his degree to work in healthcare accounting.

In cross country, Dylan boasts an 8k PR of 25:46, a time he ran at the 2019 NCAA regional championship meet at Calvin. This meet holds one of Dylan’s favorite program memories, as he recalls being “surrounded by amazing teammates, cheering, yelling, laughing, and sprinting around in tank tops with snow on the ground and the biggest smiles on our faces.” Spoken like a true Polar Bear!

He is a multi-time varsity award winner in cross country and track, and was last cross country season’s WIN Award recipient. Standing for “whatever is necessary,” this award is given to someone who does anything they can to help their team succeed. Last weekend, in glaring WIN fashion, D-Mac stepped up in the men’s OAC race to cross the finish line as our first team scorer. A true team player, Dylan will represent ONU at the 2021 NCAA Regional Championship meet this weekend for the final XC race of the season.

As he comes across some post-season free time, you may find him on a dirt bike back home in Warren, OH. Dylan typically spends his off-season riding and racing dirt bikes in local and regional endurance series. 🚵

As his running career comes to a close, D-Mac would like to thank the ONU coaching and AT staff, his parents for their endless support, and his teammates who became friends and a family away from home over the years at ONU.

Kickin’ off regionals week with a Senior Spotlight!This week’s spotlight just happens to also be your 2021 OAC XC Runner...
11/08/2021

Kickin’ off regionals week with a Senior Spotlight!

This week’s spotlight just happens to also be your 2021 OAC XC Runner Up, Tessa Pitcovich 🏃‍♀️

Tessa hails from Stow, OH and comes to ONU as a Mathile Scholar. It’s no wonder why, as she studies Accounting/Business Analytics, Entrepreneurship, and Psychology…phew! Tessa is a great student 📚🙂

In addition to her studies, she’s president of Beta Alpha Psi and is involved in several campus organizations such as Polar Merchandise, LLC-CFO, Beta Gamma Sigma, Women in Business, Dicke Dean’s Advisory Council, and Chi Alpha Sigma. Double Phew!

In the running world, Tessa is highly decorated. Some of her most notable achievements include:
-2x All-OAC honoree (‘18, ‘19)
-All-Great Lakes Region XC (‘19)
-2019 NCAA DIII XC National Championship qualifier
-All-OAC Track (‘21)
-Academic All-OAC honors
-Academic All-American

She specializes in long distance and currently holds a cross country PR of 22:19 in the 6k, and track PRs of 17:51 in the 5k and 37:51 in the 10k, both times that she set in the same weekend at the 2021 OAC Outdoor Track Championship, one of her most memorable college experiences. 👏

While everyone usually indulges in pizza after meets, Tessa has a unique pizza topping that she prefers: carrots! 🥕

She would like to thank her teammates, her fiancé (former P-Bear Ian McVey), her family, coaches, AT staff, and her pace buddy, Rue 👯‍♀️

Tessa will be one of 7 p-bears to line up for the women’s regional championship race this weekend in Shelbyville, IN.

Go bears!!!

Tessa Pitcovich is your OAC runner up, leading the women’s team to a close third place finish. The women scored 70 point...
10/30/2021

Tessa Pitcovich is your OAC runner up, leading the women’s team to a close third place finish. The women scored 70 points, finishing a single point behind runner up Mount Union. Seniors Rue Whitmore & Taylor Ellerbrock and sophomore Megan Vapenik ran a tough race to earn all-OAC. Freshman Olyvia Ashbrook rounded out the team scorers. The women raced with grit and pride and many were rewarded with season bests.

Senior Dylan McKean led the men to a fifth place finish just ahead of teammate Breydan Hann. The bears finished in a tight pack, with 17 seconds elapsing between the first and seventh scorer.

Tessa Pitcovich is your OAC runner up, leading the women’s team to a close third place finish. The women scored 70 points, finishing a single point behind runner up Mount Union. Seniors Rue Whitmore & Taylor Ellerbrock and sophomore Megan Vapenik ran a tough race to earn all-OAC. Freshman Olyvia Ashbrook rounded out the team scorers. The women raced with grit and pride and many were rewarded with season bests.

Senior Dylan McKean led the men to a fifth place finish just ahead of teammate Breydan Hann. The bears finished in a tight pack, with 17 seconds elapsing between the first and seventh scorer.

In case you needed a reminder…#GoBears #OAC
10/29/2021

In case you needed a reminder…

#GoBears #OAC

In case you needed a reminder…

#GoBears #OAC

The most spirited day yet featuring some of our sprints and jumps bears, who also made a point to issue good-luck fist b...
10/28/2021

The most spirited day yet featuring some of our sprints and jumps bears, who also made a point to issue good-luck fist bumps to the cross country team today during practice. We dig the spookiness, but we love the camaraderie even more!

Morale is at an all time high, just in time for us to head to Wilmington tomorrow to preview the conference course. Gun goes off in two days!!

GO BEARS!

The most spirited day yet featuring some of our sprints and jumps bears, who also made a point to issue good-luck fist bumps to the cross country team today during practice. We dig the spookiness, but we love the camaraderie even more!

Morale is at an all time high, just in time for us to head to Wilmington tomorrow to preview the conference course. Gun goes off in two days!!

GO BEARS!

Heeeeerrre weeee gooooo!Two years have passed since the last OAC cross country championship meet, but our bears will ret...
10/28/2021

Heeeeerrre weeee gooooo!

Two years have passed since the last OAC cross country championship meet, but our bears will return to action THIS SATURDAY afternoon in Wilmington for the 2021 OAC Meet.

Come cheer them on—You even have time for some pre-race breakfast this year 🥞 The men will start the action at 1pm with the women to follow at 2pm. For those who can’t make it, live video will be provided (weather pending) available on Wilmington’s website.

As always, but ESPECIALLY during OAC week… #GoBears

Nothing like some neon to brighten your day! 🌈 Three more days until the OAC Meet! How well do you know your OAC history...
10/28/2021

Nothing like some neon to brighten your day! 🌈

Three more days until the OAC Meet! How well do you know your OAC history? Can you spot an OAC cross country champion in this photo? 👀

Nothing like some neon to brighten your day! 🌈

Three more days until the OAC Meet! How well do you know your OAC history? Can you spot an OAC cross country champion in this photo? 👀

We mentioned it was conference week, right? The week is off to a great start with Coach Maus’s infamous “glass jar” spee...
10/26/2021

We mentioned it was conference week, right?

The week is off to a great start with Coach Maus’s infamous “glass jar” speech on Monday and tons of spirited bears participating in “Tie-Dye Tuesday” today to boost morale leading up to race day.

The women were ranked second in the OAC pre-season coaches’ polls, and the men were ranked 4th. One more sharpening workout now separates these hard-working bears and one of the biggest meets of the season!

Stay tuned for more spirit week themes throughout the week. I hear things might get spooky 🎃 👀

We mentioned it was conference week, right?

The week is off to a great start with Coach Maus’s infamous “glass jar” speech on Monday and tons of spirited bears participating in “Tie-Dye Tuesday” today to boost morale leading up to race day.

The women were ranked second in the OAC pre-season coaches’ polls, and the men were ranked 4th. One more sharpening workout now separates these hard-working bears and one of the biggest meets of the season!

Stay tuned for more spirit week themes throughout the week. I hear things might get spooky 🎃 👀

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Great work today Bears!!! #oacchampionship
Great job today Bears! 🧡❄️🐻🖤
Go get em today Bears! 🧡🖤❄️🐻 #onuxc #allohio 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 🇺🇸 {Emily Richards} “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.” #YNNSports Ohio Northern Track and Field Ohio Northern University Sports Rutherford B. Hayes High School HOKA ONE ONE
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?
Mike Becraft Invitational Group 3 of 3 quite possibly the best 4x400 race I have ever seen... or at least the most fun. Congrats to the seniors.
Mike Becraft Invite Group 2 of 3
Pics from the Mike Becraft Invitational this weekend. Group 1 of 3
🏃 MIKE BECRAFT INVITATIONAL 🥏 The Men grab event win #6 of the year, while the Women take 1st place for the 3rd time this season...as Ohio Northern Track and Field SWEEPS the day 🧹💨 Combined, the Polar Bears win a total of 6⃣ events. #YNNSports Ohio Northern University Sports Local talent took home some TrophyTrophy as well... Former Botkins High School star Josh Miller powers his way to the top of the podium in Shot Put & Hammer Throw for Capital Cross Country/ Track and Field! (video in comments)