Kenny Beucler, a 2015 Bryan graduate and Heidelberg University senior, has qualified for the 2019 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field National Championships, an event scheduled to take place Thursday through Saturday at the Spire Institute in Geneva.
Beucler qualified fifth in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 52.54 seconds. It will serve as Beucler’s second trip to the national meet. He placed 13th in the 400 hurdles in 2017 and was also a part of Heidelberg’s national qualifying 4x400-meter relay team, which placed 14th.
“From the first meet of the year, I qualified for the national meet,” Beucler said of his senior season. “So basically so it’s been one of those years where I can focus on things I need to fix for this meet, rather than just trying to worry about qualifying the entire time. It’s definitely been my best collegiate track season, indoor or outdoor. The coaches have set me up for success and it’s been a lot of fun.
“This past week was my best time of the season, so I’m peaking at the right time, so it will hopefully be a really exciting and fast weekend.”
The preliminary heats for the 400-meter hurdles are set for Thursday. The top nine hurdlers advance to the national title race on Saturday.
“All season long I’ve had the same mentality of treating every race like it’s my last and I’ve never looked beyond that race,” Beucler said. “My goal obviously is to qualify to the finals, but for me, my mindset going in is going to be Thursday is my final. ... The goal is to be an All-American and continue with the mentality I’ve had all season.”
Beucler, who graduated a few weeks ago with degrees in accounting and management, will begin an accounting internship in Toledo this summer. After that, he’ll pursue a master’s degree in accountancy at Bowling Green State University, where he hopes to serve as a volunteer graduate assistant with the track team.
Logan Bloir running at NAIA national track meet
Logan Bloir, a 2018 Edon graduate and Indiana Tech freshman, is set to compete at the NAIA Outdoor Track & Field National Championships this Thursday through Saturday at Mickey Miller Blackwell Stadium in Gulf Shores, Alabama.
Bloir qualified as a member of Indiana Tech’s 4x100 relay team, which is currently seeded second with a time of 40.33 seconds.
Bloir is the reigning OHSAA Division III state champion in the 100, where he clocked a time of 10.73 seconds.
Landon Bloir, Indiana Tech, in 2019 NAIA World Series
Landon Bloir, a 2016 Edon graduate and Indiana Tech junior baseball player, is headed to the 2019 NAIA World Series in Lewiston, Idaho.
Indiana Tech (41-14-1), the No. 8 seed in a 10-team tournament, will open up play against No. 9 seed Bellevue (Nebraska) at 11:30 a.m. on Friday. The winner of that game advances to face No. 1 Tennessee Wesleyan on Saturday.
Landon has been one of Indiana Tech’s top pitchers throughout the season. In 15 appearances and 37 innings pitched out of the bullpen, he’s sporting a 2-1 record with a 1.22 earned run average and 36 strikeouts.