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Weekly Sports Digest: April 10-16

Richards ran the fastest 800-meter time in Division III history last Friday afternoon at the Mt. Sac Relays in Torrence, California. (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 runs fastest 800-meter time in Division III history

Junior Emily Richards ran the 800-meter dash in 2:02.34 at the Mt. Sac Relays in Torrence, California on Friday afternoon. That time is the fastest in Division III history, and is over three seconds faster than her previous personal record, which she set last April. Heading into Friday's race, Richards had previously held the third-fastest time in Division III history.

The junior currently owns the fastest time in the nation by over six seconds. In Friday’s race, Richards beat out a field consisting mostly of Division I runners; among other schools, Middle Tennessee State, UCF, USC and Purdue were represented in the race. Richards’ current PR time would rank fourth nationally among Division I runners.

Richards went on to win the 1,500-meter race at the Beach Invitational, hosted by Long Beach State University, on Saturday afternoon as well. She posted a time of 4:21.19, which broke the previous school record (set by Catie Huber in 2014) by nearly 15 seconds. That time is the fastest in the nation in Division III, and is the sixth-fastest all-time.


Molinaro nears 800-meter school record in California

In the Beach Invitational, junior Matt Molinaro ran a 1:48.92 in the 800-meter race. This was a personal-best time for Molinaro, and was less than half a second away from the Ohio Northern school record, which was set by James O’Brien in 2008.

Molinaro finished third in the race, beating Division I runners from schools such as Buffalo, Washington and LSU in the process.

Saturday’s finish followed the Mt. Sac Relays on Friday, during which Molinaro posted an 800-meter time of 1:49.30 and finished fourth in the event. He placed first of all Division III runners on Friday.


Men’s tennis sweeps three straight matches at OAC Tennis Fest

The Polar Bears won 9-0 in all three matches -- against Ohio Christian on Friday and Muskingum and Marietta, respectively, on Saturday -- at the OAC Tennis Fest in Mason, Ohio. Sophomore Tim Kargl and freshman Andrew Garcia went 3-0 on the weekend at No. 3 doubles.

Northern won their 10th match of the year on Saturday, reaching the double-digit win mark for the first time in three years.


What to watch for this week:

The upcoming sports schedule is as follows:


Baseball at Baldwin Wallace -- 1 p.m. and 4 p.m.



Women’s tennis vs. Heidelberg -- 5 p.m. (Senior Day)

Women’s golf at OAC Championships -- all day



Baseball at Heidelberg -- 1 p.m. and 4 p.m.

Softball vs. Heidelberg -- 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

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

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

Men’s tennis at Heidelberg -- 1 p.m.

Men’s and women’s track & field at Polar Bear Invitational -- all day

Men’s golf at Defiance Spring Invitational -- all day

Women’s golf at OAC Championships -- all day



Men’s golf at Defiance Spring Invitational -- all day

Women’s golf at OAC Championships -- all day