EYE ON THE EAGLES | Two former Ashland U monitor & area standouts to return to world stage

Former Ashland College monitor standout Trevor Bassitt earned a spot on Crew USA for the 2022 World Athletics Championships by inserting second within the males’s 400-meter hurdles on the USA Monitor & Subject Outside Championships in Eugene, Ore., on June 26.

The next is a roundup of current happenings in Ashland College sports activities.

MEN’S AND WOMEN’S TRACK & FIELD 

For the second time in 2022, former Ashland College monitor and area greats Trevor Bassitt and Katie Nageotte shall be members of Crew USA.

On June 26, on the USA Monitor & Subject Outside Championships in Eugene, Ore., Bassitt turned in a personal-best time within the males’s 400-meter hurdles for the second day in a row at 47.47 seconds and positioned second to earn a spot on Crew USA for the 2022 World Athletics Championships, which additionally shall be contested in Eugene.

“It is an honor. It is a blessing. I do know Jud was serving to all through the entire manner,” Bassitt stated to NBC’s Lewis Johnson in a post-race interview, referencing former AU monitor and area head coach Jud Logan, who handed away in January.

Bassitt additionally wore his “YEP” patch to honor Logan throughout the weekend.

His time of 47.47 is the fifth quickest within the occasion in collegiate historical past, all divisions, together with in-season and out-of-season occasions.

Bassitt, who completed second on this planet within the 400 meters at indoor worlds in Serbia in March, certified for the finals due to a then-personal-best time of 48.38 in a third-place end within the semifinals on June 25. He turned within the second-best time within the area at 49.07 within the first spherical on June 24.

Ending his storied AU profession in late Might, Bassitt collected 10 NCAA Division II nationwide championships and 21 D-II All-American awards.

On June 24, Nageotte completed third within the girls’s pole vault with a season-best mark of 4.65 meters/15-feet-3 to assert the ultimate spot on Crew USA for outside worlds.

Nageotte, who earlier this yr was named to the 2022 class of the U.S. Monitor & Subject and Cross Nation Coaches Affiliation Division II Athlete Corridor of Fame, received Olympic gold for Crew USA within the pole vault on the Summer time Olympics in August 2021 and was world runner-up indoors within the spring in Serbia.

She is the fourth-best girls’s outside pole vaulter on this planet all-time at 4.95/16-2¾.

In her two years at Ashland, Nageotte received two Division II nationwide titles and was a three-time D-II All-American.

On June 23, former Eagle Drew Windle positioned twenty seventh (1:52.14) within the first spherical of the boys’s 800. Windle received eight D-II nationwide titles and was a 15-time All-American as an Eagle.

MEN’S BASKETBALL 

Ashland males’s basketball coach John Ellenwood not too long ago introduced three additions to the 2022-23 roster, bringing the overall of newcomers to this system for the upcoming season to seven.

Jaret Griffith, a 6-foot-3, 190-pound wing, involves the Eagles from NCAA Division I Stetson. In his freshman season with the Hatters in 2019-20, Griffith appeared in seven video games off the bench, scoring six factors within the season opener towards Trinity Baptist.

His prep profession was spent at Western Reserve, Gould Academy in Maine and Akron Coventry. He scored greater than 1,000 profession factors and was a two-time All-Ohio choice.

From Huron, Griffith can have three seasons of collegiate eligibility remaining.

James Manns, a 6-7, 210-pound ahead, is transferring in from D-I Wright State.

With the Raiders, Manns performed in 66 video games. His finest season was 2019-20, when he averaged 5.9 factors and 1.8 rebounds in 24 video games off the bench, taking pictures 47.7% from the sector, 45.8% from 3-point vary and 87.5% from the free-throw line.

As a prep star at Walnut Ridge, Manns was a part of a Division II state semifinalist staff earlier than ending at Kingston Prep. From Columbus, he can have one season of eligibility remaining as a graduate switch.

Simon Wheeler III, a 5-11, 160-pound level guard, prepped at Bella Vista Prep in Arizona, then performed at PHHoenix Prep, additionally in Arizona.

Wheeler was first staff All-Grind Session taking part in within the Below Armour Grind Session post-grad league, averaging 19.0 factors and eight.0 assists whereas main his staff to the league’s semifinals.

In highschool, he performed alongside Emoni Bates, the nation’s top-ranked participant within the class of 2021, then completed his senior season in Arizona as a result of COVID-19 guidelines within the state of Michigan.

From Detroit, Mich., Wheeler III is an incoming freshman.

Griffith, Manns and Wheeler III be part of 4 freshmen who had been beforehand introduced as a part of the AU 2022-23 class — Colonel Crawford wing Carter Valentine, Bexley wing/ahead Chris Mitchell, Canal Winchester level guard Derrick James and Midview wing Adan Gregory.

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