Davis jumps to title

NAPERVILLE, Ill. – Despite just having two indoor meets coming into Saturdays nationals, Davis out-performed everyone in the high jump.

The Heidelberg senior cleared 7-0 1/4 Saturday, becoming the Division III Indoor national champion.

Davis, an all-conference basketball player and All-American in track, won his first national title.

“You put it in front of him enough times, he’s gonna get tired of getting second,” Heidelberg track coach Briana Hess said.

Hess said there were tense moments for Davis and the Heidelberg coaching staff. After Davis cleared his height to put him in first, Davis and Carthage’s Trevor James each tried to clear 7-2.

“We were sitting way far away watching, gritting out teeth,” Hess said. “I think he handled (the pressure) the best he can since I’ve been a coach here.”

The senior said it still was tough, especially when he wasn’t the one jumping.

“I couldn’t even watch,” Davis said. “It was fun. Everybody there put on a show for the audience. We brought the best out of each other.”

Davis said Saturday was the high point of his collegiate career.

“Yeah, definitely, for the simple fact that I always made it a goal to get 7 foot, which I accomplished,” he said.

Davis is the fifth athlete at Heidelberg to win an individual national title.

Hess said the senior already was looking forward.

“Now I’m just really excited for outdoor [track],” she said. “He’s wondering what he had he can do, if he can jump higher.”

“I will take this is just the beginning, this is just a taste,” he said. “I just want to go higher now. There’s no reason to stop there.”

TU’s Longino-Thomas finishes 8th at nationals

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Tiffin University’s Candace Longino-Thomas placed eighth in the 400 meter dash Saturday at the Division II Indoor Track and Field Championships, becoming the third Dragon to gain All-American status at the event.

Longino-Thomas ran the race in 55.74. The top eight finishers in each event are All Americans.

TU’s other competitors Saturday were in the were in the 1,600 relay, where Kiona Anderson, Taylor Deskins, Robin Banks and Longino Thomas finished ninth in 3:17.17.

The time was a school record.

TU’s Christman seventh

BIRMINGHAM, Ala -Tiffin University 285-pounder Kevin Christman went 1-1 on the final day of the Division II wrestling championships, placing seventh and becoming the program’s first All-American.

Christman lost to Central Oklahoma’s Cody Dauphlin, 3-0 in his first match of the day, but rebounded to defeat Findlay’s Andrew Tumlin, 8-3 to claim seventh.

Tiffin’s other wrestler at nationals, 174-pounder Jake Cramer, went 1-3 and didn’t place.

Dragons snag first win

CLEARWATER, Fla. ? Tiffin University’s Brent Faber pitched five solid innings for a 6-3 win over Saginaw Valley State at the Clearwater Invitational on Saturday.

Tiffin struck first with Cole McCurry, Colin Sallee and Roger Christensen each singling. A misplayed ball allowed McCurry to score and a sacrifice run hit by KC Weber allowed a score by Sallee.

Heading into the bottom of the sixth, the Dragons (1-5) held a 4-1 lead. The Cardinals (2-8) closed the gap to 4-3 and threatened in the eighth, with one out and two on. TU’s Joe Perretta came in to pitch and ended the hazard with a fly out along with a strike out.

For Tiffin, Christensen and McCurry had three hits each. Sallee had two hits and scored four runs, while Weber drove in three runs. Faber (1-1) gave up three hits, one run and walked two in five innings. Hopewell-Loudon graduate Logan Sendelbach went 1-2-3 in the ninth for his first collegiate save.

For Saginaw Valley, Eric Hummel (0-1) gave up seven hits, three runs, one earned, walked one and struck out three in four innings.

Thomas strong as ‘Berg baseball rallies

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla – Chris Thomas pitched into the ninth inning, and Steve Morse drove in three runs as Heidelberg got back on its winning ways, beating Bluffton, 7-2.

Thomas, a junior, picked up his second victory of the season as HU upped its mark to 6-1. Thomas gave up two runs, one earned on six hits. He walked one (the last batter he faced) and struck out seven.

Teddy Lowe relieved for Heidelberg in the ninth, striking out one and allowing a hit, but kept the Beavers (7-3) scoreless.

Bluffton scored first, getting a run on two hits off Thomas, but Heidelberg answered with an unearned run in the top of the third. The game stayed 1-1 until the seventh, when Bluffton cashed in a leadoff double by Tim Webb to go up a run.

Then Heidelberg’s offense erupted.

HU took the lead with a two-out rally in the eighth. Morse had an RBI single to tie the game, then Jordan Martin followed with a base hit to score Ben Blystone and give the Student Princes a 3-2 edge.

Heidelberg put the game away with a four run burst in the ninth. Joe Staab singled to open things, then T.J. Harness doubled him to third. After Joe Chiarappa struck out, Eric Monroe walked to load the bases. Arneal Squibb struck out, leaving it up to Blystone.

He delivered, ripping a two-RBI single and moving to second on the throw in from the outfield. Morse then capped his big day with a double to score two.

Bluffton pitcher Ben Roeschley was the hard-luck loser. He went 7 2/3 innings, allowing three runs on seven hits. He walked two and struck out five.