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Bishops' Stillman, Moss Repeat All-American Track Honors

June 20, 2000

DELAWARE, OHIO -- Ohio Wesleyan University senior Tyler Stillman (Olmsted Falls) successfully defended his 400-meter dash title and junior Stephanie Moss (Aurora/Crestwood) won All-America honors in the 800-meter run for the second straight year to lead the Bishops at the NCAA Division III championship meet.

Stillman won his heat in a time of :47.49 and then won the final in 47.39, nipping the runner-up by 1/100 of a second. Stillman won the 1999 title in a time of :47.40. He becomes Ohio Wesleyan's ninth individual champion in track and field and only the second Bishop to repeat as national champion.

Moss finished third in her heat in a time of 2:13.30, and advanced to the finals with the seventh-best time. She then finished eighth in the finals in 2:19.42. Moss finished fifth in the 800-meter run at last year's national championship meet. She is the sixth Ohio Wesleyan woman to repeat All-America honors in track and field.

Stillman also combined with junior Jason Martin (Columbus/Westerville North), junior Matt Churpek (Navarre/Canton Central Catholic) and senior Daren Michalski (Parma/St. Ignatius) on the Bishop 400-meter relay team, which finished sixth in its heat in a time of 42.13 and did not make the finals.

Also representing the Bishops were sophomore Craig Neeley (Columbus/Bexley), who finished 10th in the high jump with a leap of 6-6 3/4. Neeley's height tied for eighth and All-America honors, but he slipped to 10th on the tiebreaker. Neeley and Martin each finished seventh in their heat in the long jump and did not make the finals. Neeley jumped 22-6 1/4, missing the finals by two inches, while Martin jumped 21-4 1/4 and fouled on 2 other attempts. Neeley finished sixth in his heat in the triple jump and did not make the finals with a jump of 45-1 3/4. Senior Jeremy Carpenter (Howard/Mount Vernon) represented the Bishops in the pole vault but was hampered by a back injury.

The Ohio Wesleyan men's team tied for 21st place among the 76 schools that scored in the meet, while the women tied for 68th place among the 76 schools that scored in the meet.