Long after most of the student body went home for the summer months, seniors Nate Davis (Dayton/Stivers), Marian Bevington (Celina/Parkway) and freshman Mary Beth Boyden (Somerset/Sheridan) remained on campus to train in preparation for the Division III Outdoor Track and Field National Championships in La Crosse, WI.
The Championships were held from Thursday, May 23 thru Saturday, May 25 and hosted by the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse.
Upon returning to campus, Heidelberg now owns two more All-American athletes and one more National Champion.
Bevington began the weekend with a seventh place finish in the women’s long jump on Thursday evening. The talented senior leaped 5.76-meters (18-10.75) on her fifth attempt to cement another All-American finish.
With her performance in La Crosse, Bevington collects her fifth overall All-American honor having collected two as a member of the Heidelberg volleyball team and two more in track and field prior to the 2013 Outdoor Championships.
Davis followed Bevington’s seventh place finish with a National title finish in the men’s high jump on Friday night. Davis had a lot to prove having leaped his way to a National Championship in the men’s high jump at the Indoor Championships back in March.
The 6’5” senior jumped 2.12-meters (6-11.50) on his second attempt to claim the men’s high jump crown. The victory makes Davis the sixth individual National Champion in the history of Heidelberg athletics.
Boyden rounded out the championship trio with a 15th place finish in the women’s shot put on Saturday. Boyden tossed 13.18-meters (43-03.00) to miss qualifying to the finals by 0.51-meters (1-08.00). Despite not reaching the podium, the true freshman had a stellar year in the circle for the Student Princes.
Boyden shattered the women’s indoor weight and shot put records in her first few competitions and proceeded to re-break those records later in the season. Earlier in the outdoor season, Mary Beth broke a 14-year old women’s shot put record when she tossed 43’5.25”.
As Heidelberg track and field says goodbye to Bevington and Davis, two heavily decorated student-athletes, the future of the program seems to be bright with a young crop of freshman and many athletes returning for another year with head coach Bri Hess.