Juan Scott competing for Dunbar in the 2015 state track and field meet. MARC PENDLETON / STAFF

CSU, Cedarville standouts win NCAA D-II national track titles

Central State University freshman Juan Scott, a Dunbar High School graduate, and Cedarville University junior Carsyn Koch and teammate Daniel Michalski, a Xenia High grad, all won individual events during last weekend’s NCAA Division II track and field national championships at Bradenton, Florida.

They were among at least six area participants who were named All-Americans.

Scott won the 110-meter high hurdles (13.73), becoming the first Marauder to win a D-II national title.

“It feels great to make history at Central State University,” said Scott in a Marauder Athletics website posting. “My goal is to continue to sustain this level of success and make more history as I continue my collegiate career.”

Scott was a key member of Dunbar’s D-II boys state title team as a senior in 2015.

Koch won the women’s 800 (2:05.21). Michalski won the men's 3,000-meter steeplechase on Friday. His winning time of 8:44.49 was a school record and IMG Academy facility record. A two-time All-American in the event, he placed 8th in the 2016 national championship. 

Michalski and Koch are in contention for spots in the U.S. Nationals this summer.

Also earning All-American status was:

• Olivia Esbenshade of Cedarville University; third in the women’s 1,500 (4:21.23);

• Josh Bass, Indianapolis senior and Springfield High School grad, fourth in the long jump (24-10);

• Dajsha Avery, Grand Valley State junior and Wayne High School grad, sixth in the shot put (49-3).

Saint Augustine won its fifth consecutive men’s team title and West Texas A&M won the women’s title. The meets were held at IMG Academy.

CSU freshman Juan Scott. HANDOUT

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