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Weekly Sports Digest: March 20-26

Junior Matt Molinaro won the 800-meter race at the Raleigh Relays last Saturday, while being the only Division III runner in the race. (photo/ ONU Sports Information)

At the conclusion of every week, the Northern Review will recap what happened that week in the world of Ohio Northern athletics, and will also preview the week ahead. Here are this week’s headlines:

Richards begins outdoor season by setting another school record

Junior Emily Richards, who claimed two indoor national titles in one day just two weeks ago in the Division III Indoor National Championships (she won the 800-meter and one-mile races) began her outdoor season last Friday at the Raleigh Relays with a bang, as she shattered the school record for the outdoor 1,500-meter dash with a time of 4:23.21.

Richards’ new record is nearly 13 seconds faster than the previous record, which was set by Catie Huber in 2014. The time is a 14-second improvement over Richards’ 1,500-meter PR from last season, and it is also the 10th-fastest time in Division III history.

Richards, who won the national championship in the outdoor 800 last spring, also recorded an impressive time in that race on Saturday. The junior finished in 2:06.06, which is currently the fastest time in the country, and is also just over half-a-second slower than her personal record time, which she set last April.


Molinaro beats Div. I-heavy field, records fastest 800 time in nation

On Saturday, junior Matt Molinaro won the 800-meter race at the Raleigh Relays, finishing in 1:49.30. Saturday’s time was just 31-hundredths of a second away from his personal record, which he set last May.

Molinaro was the only Division III runner in the race, as there were two from Division II and 15 from Division I. Molinaro beat runners from Kentucky, NC State, Cincinnati and Georgetown. While Molinaro was disqualified in last year’s outdoor national championship 800-meter race, he currently holds the fastest time nationally in the event by nearly three seconds.

On Friday, Molinaro ran the third-fastest time in school history in the 1,500-meter race, finishing in a personal-best 3:50.83. His time ranks currently ranks second in the nation.


Men’s lacrosse wins fourth straight heading into OAC play

The Polar Bears defeated Adrian (Mich.) and Franciscan last week in blowout fashion, pushing their current win streak to four games as they approach conference play on Saturday afternoon at Mount Union.

Northern beat Adrian at home last Tuesday night, 18-4, behind four goals from freshman Cameron Marous. ONU scored seven goals in the third quarter to put things out of reach for the visiting Bulldogs. On Saturday, ONU beat Franciscan on the road, 21-7. The Bears went up 4-0 to start the game and never looked back, as sophomores Max Weese and Lucas Blaszyk both contributed four goals apiece in the win.

Northern (5-3) will face Mount Union (5-2) on the road in their OAC opener on Saturday, with the game slated to start at 1 p.m. ONU was picked to finish fifth in the OAC in preseason polls, while Mount Union was picked to finish sixth.


What to watch for this week:

The upcoming sports schedule is as follows:


Men’s lacrosse at Mount Union -- 1 p.m.

Women’s lacrosse vs. Mount Union -- 1 p.m.

Men’s tennis at John Carroll -- 1 p.m.

Women’s tennis vs. John Carroll -- 1p.m.

Baseball at John Carroll -- 1 and 3:30 p.m.

Softball vs. John Carroll -- 1 and 3:30 p.m.

Men’s & Women’s golf / Polar Bear Classic -- all day at Colonial Golfers Club

Men’s & Women’s track & field at Centre (Ky.) Invitational -- all day



Softball vs. Transylvania -- 1 and 3:30 p.m.