Bishops compete at NCAA D-III championship meet


Senior Peyton Howell won All-America honors while representing Ohio Wesleyan at the NCAA Division III championship meet, hosted by St. John Fisher University last week in Rochester, N.Y.

Howell finished fourth in the high jump with a height of 5-6½. This is the second consecutive outdoor All-America citation for Howell, following a fifth-place finish at the 2022 NCAA Division III outdoor championship meet, and the third overall All-America honor, including a third-place finish at the 2022 NCAA Division III indoor championship meet.

Howell cleared the first 2 heights on her first attempt, then missed at 5-5¼ before clearing that height on the second attempt. Howell then cleared 5-6½ on the first try as the field was reduced to 7 competitors. At 5-7¾, Howell missed all 3 attempts, with only 3 of the 7 contestants advancing to the next height of 5-8¾.

Howell was tied for the No. 18 seed heading into the meet with a height of 5-5¾.

OWU senior Ari McPheters also had a strong championship meet, finishing 11th nationally in the shot put.

McPheters recorded a throw of 42-7 on the first attempt, then improved upon that with a mark of 42-9 on the second throw. McPheters came through with a throw of 45-6½ on the third attempt, but did not advance to the finals and finished 11th in the final national standings, improving upon the 17th-place finish of last year.

McPheters was seeded fifth in the shot put with a school-record throw of 48-7¼.

On the third and final day, meanwhile, Bishop senior Khloe Dubenion finished 19th nationally in the hammer.

Dubenion turned in a throw of 163-0 on the first attempt, then had an effort of 154-9 on the second throw before fouling on the third attempt. The mark of 163-0 was good for eighth place in the opening flight, but Dubenion did not advance to the finals and finished 19th in the final national standings.

Dubenion was seeded 22nd in the hammer with a throw of 172-8.

With the 5 points in the high jump on Thursday, Ohio Wesleyan tied for 49th place among the 73 teams that scored in the NCAA Division III women’s championship.

OWU Sports Information contributed to this report.

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