Along Middle Path
Our man in Washington
When John W. Snow M '61 H '93 was sworn in as the seventy-third secretary of the treasury on February 3, he became the second Kenyon alumnus to hold a cabinet position. The first? Edwin M. Stanton, a member of the class of 1834, served as secretary of war under Abraham Lincoln.
Snow has held a number of prominent jobs since his days in Gambier. Before taking over as treasury secretary, he served as chairman and chief executive officer of CSX Corporation. Snow guided the transportation giant through a period of uncertainty and change, including a contentious railroad merger with Conrail that made headlines for several weeks in 1996. During the turbulent days leading up to an agreement between the two railroads, a reporter with the Philadelphia Enquirer wrote of Snow's "quick wit and ability to hold an audience with tales from behind the scenes at places such as the White House."
Snow began gathering those behind-the-scenes political tales during his days at the Department of Transportation where he worked at various posts from 1972 to 1976, including a stint as administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
As chairman of the Business Roundtable, a policy group comprised of two hundred and fifty chief executive officers of the largest U.S. companies, the staunch Republican formed a friendship with President Bill Clinton. Snow played a major role in support of 1993's North American Free Trade Agreement.
Born in Toledo, Ohio, in 1939, Snow attended Kenyon from 1958 to 1961 before finishing his bachelor's degree at the University of Toledo in 1962. The College presented him with an honorary doctor of laws degree in 1993. He already held a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Virginia and a law degree from the George Washington University. Snow lives in Richmond, Virginia, with his wife, Carolyn.
Old barn refitted as aviary
An old but handsome barn, located on the southeastern edge of the Brown Family Environmental Center (BFEC) property, has been converted into an aviary, laboratory, and storage facility that will promote research, teaching, and public education.
Selection of the barn as the site for the aviary was the brain child of E. Raymond Heithaus, Kenyon's Jordan Professor of Environmental Science and Biology and codirector of the BFEC. He and Assistant Professor of Biology Robert Mauck, who teaches courses in field biology, found funding for the project.
"We were very fortunate that Mrs. Ruth Bemis and emeritus Kenyon trustee William Stroud, who is on the advisory board of the BFEC, were both interested," says Mauck. "They loved the idea that it would further research on birds and save the barn at the same time."
The new facility, while retaining its rustic exterior, will have state-of-the-art equipment to facilitate student research. Birds will be given two identification bands, one of which will contain a microchip. When the bird lands on a perch in the aviary, the microchip reader, which is attached to an electronic balance, will immediately identify the bird and note its weight. Senior Michael Baird is currently working in Mauck's laboratory testing the microchip-electronic balance system. Full-scale experiments are anticipated to begin in the fall.
"Field biology takes an enormous amount of time because the subjects are free to come and go at will," says Mauck. "This aviary will give us a measure of control over our subjects while still permitting us to observe their behavior without imposing too many artificial constraints.
"It's going to be a wonderful facility, not just for teaching and research at Kenyon but as an education tool for the whole Knox County community."
Kenyon in the News
Associate Vice President for Finance Teri Leonard was quoted in the Monday, November 11, New York Times in a story regarding the declining number of colleges that accept credit cards for the payment of tuition. Many colleges, Kenyon among them, no longer accept credit cards because of the fees associated with them. The College now uses PhoneCharge, which charges a 2.5 percent "convenience fee" to the consumer. "If people don't like this," Leonard is quoted as saying, "they have other methods of payment open to them," like student loans or payment plans.
Associate Provost and Professor of Sociology Howard Sacks and his wife, Judy Sacks, were featured on NPR's Morning Edition on Monday, November 11. Bob Edwards hosted the segment on the origins of the song "Dixie." The Sackses wrote a book on the song's history called Way Up North in Dixie. Howard says that the tale of "Dixie" is in many ways the quintessential American story. "What it tells us is that black, white, male, female, Southern, Northern, slave, free, urban, rural, these aren't separate realms. The story of the American experience is the story of movement between these . . . realms and understanding the creation and re-creation of 'Dixie' is really that story encapsulated in the words and music of a single song," says Sacks.
Professor of Psychology Michael Levine is quoted in the November issue of Good Housekeeping. The magazine piece focuses on teens and tobacco and how smoking may seem like a good way to lose weight among teenage girls. "I see kids experiencing this pressure to look like the successful people they see on TV, which for teenage girls means the actresses on Friends, for example," Levine is quoted as saying.
The Kenyon Review was mentioned on the December 3 PBS broadcast of the NewsHour with Jim Lehrer. Roger Rosenblatt, who was present when E.L. Doctorow '52 received the Kenyon Review Award for Literary Achievement in New York City in November, mentioned the Review's reference to Doctorow's "body of work" upon presenting the award. "Interesting phrase, 'body of work,'" says Rosenblatt, who goes on to discuss Doctorow's career as a writer.
David Lynn, professor of English and editor of the Kenyon Review, is featured on the front page of the arts section in the Tuesday, December 17, Columbus Dispatch. The story is about Lynn's latest book, Wrestling With Gabriel. The book is "based on a true story that happened in Des Moines, Iowa," Lynn is quoted as saying. "I was just fascinated by the story of this socialist who was beaten up by the police and charged with this crime."
Kenyon is mentioned in the Tuesday, January 14,Columbus Dispatch in a story about the participation of parents in the lives of college students. The theme of the piece revolves around the idea that some parents have become too involved. Barbara Allen 'P04, a resident of Los Angeles, California, and a member of Kenyon's Parents Advisory Council, says she believes that she strikes the right balance in giving her son, Michael, room to grow on the College campus. "Parents are more involved today than I remember my mother ever being. I was always involved in high school, even grade school," Allen is quoted as saying.
Associate Professor of English Sergei Lobanov-Rostovsky is featured in a full-page spread on the front of the arts section in the Sunday, January 19, Columbus Dispatch. Lobanov-Rostovsky is praised for his work as crime-fiction writer Kenneth Abel, the pen name under which he has written such novels as Bait, The Blue Wall, Cold Steel Rain, and The Burying Field. In addition to praise for his work as a popular novelist, the Dispatch credits Lobanov-Rostovsky for his fame as a fine teacher of Renaissance literature, of fiction and poetry writing, and of cinematic grammar in Shakespeare on film.
Kenyon bullish on new tax-exempt prepaid-tuition plan
The U.S. Internal Revenue Service has approved a new tax-exempt prepaid-tuition plan for private colleges. The decision cleared the way for members of a new Tuition Plan Consortium made up of more than two hundred private colleges and universities throughout the nation to sell prepaid-tuition participation certificates beginning July 1, 2003. The plan will make tuition at Kenyon and other private colleges more affordable.
Under the program, called the Independent 529 Plan, parents purchase prepaid-tuition certificates for a specific child but not for a specific private college. Money set aside under the plan--as little as $25 per month--is invested by the Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association- College Retirement Equities Fund (TIAA-CREF). Investment earnings are tax-exempt and are expected to cover future tuition increases as well as a pre-paid tuition discount rate that will be offered by the College and/or any of the institutions in the Tuition Plan Consortium.
The plan's effect is that parents pay for future tuition at today's discounted prices. Discount rates are established each year by each Tuition Plan member. Meanwhile, the College earns a return on money invested in the program.
"The great thing about the program is that tuition credit in the future is guaranteed whether or not the expected returns on investment are achieved," says Vice President for Finance, Joseph Nelson. To avoid losses, the College will have to achieve a rate of return at least equal to tuition increases plus the discount rate. "Obviously, if there is material participation in the Tuition Plan, there will be great incentive to control our costs and keep fee increases to a minimum. I see this as a positive thing," says Nelson.
Most states have similar plans for students who will attend public colleges and universities. This is the first plan targeting students headed to private schools. Tuition Plan Consortium members expect to be more than competitive with state tuition plans as their assets will be invested and earn income similar to an endowment fund. Most state plans have restrictions on how they can invest plan assets.
"The plan is an attractive option for saving for attending college," says Nelson.
Visiting novelist Claire Messud receives award from American Academy of Arts and Letters
Claire Messud, the Thomas Chair in Creative Writing this spring, has received $250,000 from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. The literature award, called the Strauss Living Award, will bring her $50,000 a year for a period of five years.
"What first impressed me about Claire Messud's fiction is the range of her voice," says Lewis Hyde, Kenyon's Richard L. Thomas Professor of Creative Writing. "Her latest book, The Hunters, contains two short novels: one seems to come out of Flaubert, the other out of Henry James," he says. "Messud is a writer who has inherited several great traditions, and made them entirely her own."
Messud is also the author of two other novels, When the World Was Steady and The Last Life. When the World Was Steady was a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner prize in 1995. Messud has received a Guggenheim Fellowship and the Addison Metcalf Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a prize presented to "a young writer of great promise."
Kenyon's Richard L. Thomas Chair in Creative Writing was established in 1998 when Richard Thomas, a 1953 graduate of the College and long-time member of the Board of Trustees, donated $1.5 million to endow it. Lewis Hyde currently holds the position on a permanent basis during the fall semester while a visiting artist fills the spot each spring.
Kenyon welcomes President-elect Georgia Nugent
On Tuesday, February 4, members of the Kenyon community packed Rosse Hall to welcome S. Georgia Nugent as the College's eighteenth president. Nugent, who was introduced by David W. Horvitz '74, chair of the Board of Trustees, beamed at the warm and sustained applause that greeted her and declared herself honored to undertake Kenyon's presidency. She went on to speak, with eloquence and touches of humor--and with references to literature as well as to people she has already met in Gambier--about the "unlikely" subject of love: love of learning, love of Kenyon, and love in the sense of tolerance and shared aspirations pervading the College.
Nugent will take office July 1. To see a complete transcript of her remarks, visit http://www1.kenyon.edu/crc/nugent . Look for a feature story on Nugent in the July issue of the Bulletin.
Poetry booming at Kenyon
"Everyone around here is always going on about the 1940s. But the forties can't scratch what's going on today!" says John Kinsella, poet, professor of English, and a man not known to shy away from hyperbole. He intends to prove his point with the Kenyon Chapbook Series.
Through the efforts of Kinsella, Kenyon has teamed with Vassar College to create the series, which will include six poetry collections by selected Kenyon and Vassar students each year.
"This series is fabulous for students because it lets them see that writing is about being in the world. It's not just about scribbling in your garret. You get your work out there," says Kinsella, who has himself published more than thirty books of poetry and prose.
In its inaugural year, the Kenyon Chapbook Series includes collections by James Ware Carrington '02, Michael Cole '03, Andrea Sargent '02, Jennifer Schalliol '02, and Katie Tully '04, along with Vassar's Flora Kim. In the future, the work of three students from each college will be chosen.
"This is a unique collaboration between two institutions that historically have been at the forefront of American poetry," says Paul Kane, a professor of English at Vassar and a collaborator on the project.
Kinsella thinks that some of the best new poetry is being written on college campuses. "It's a bit like indy rock," he says. "The best rock music, the real art, is being played on college radio stations and doesn't make it to the mainstream pop charts. It's much the same with poetry."
Currently available in the College bookstore, the chapbooks sell for $3 each, with any profits going to Kenyon College scholarship funds and to the Kenyon Review, which helped design and sponsor the chapbooks. The books may be ordered by contacting Susan Dailey, the bookstore's trade book department manager, at 740-427-5633 or email@example.com. "Obviously, profit is not the motive here," says Kinsella. "We're about disseminating high-quality literature."
Kenyon appoints new head football coach
Ted J. Stanley, an assistant coach at the University of Chicago, has been named Kenyon's new head football coach. Peter Smith, the College's director of fitness, athletics, and recreation, announced in early February that Stanley has been hired as the thirty-fourth head coach in the 113-year history of the football program.
"We are delighted to have Ted join our staff, and we anxiously await his efforts to develop a more balanced and competitive program," Smith said. "His coaching experience at similar institutions will, without a doubt, benefit the Kenyon program. He not only has a strong vision of where Kenyon football needs to go, but also the talent and command to steer the program in that direction."
Stanley, a 1993 graduate of Grinnell College, takes over for Vince Arduini, who resigned from the position in November after eight seasons. During the last two seasons, Kenyon football teams struggled with thin rosters and posted back-to-back 1-9 records.
Upon arrival, Stanley's priority will be to utilize his knowledge in reviving programs that have faced situations similar to Kenyon's. With five years of experience at two highly selective liberal-arts institutions, Stanley has an excellent understanding of the process involved in recruiting student athletes who not only excel on the field, but also meet lofty academic standards as well.
"This is a great opportunity for me and a chance to put my fingerprint on a program," Stanley said. "Kenyon has plenty of fantastic things going for it, and we want to add a championship-caliber football team to that list. I realize that it's going to take a tremendous amount of work and time, but there is already a solid nucleus in place to build upon."
Stanley, thirty-two, spent the last two seasons at the University of Chicago as a co-defensive coordinator and linebackers coach. The Maroons went a combined 10-8 in those two seasons.
Prior to his work at Chicago, he spent three seasons at his alma mater, coaching the defensive line and special teams. At the time, the Grinnell program was struggling to remain competitive, but Stanley worked with other coaches to turn the program around. During that three-year period, Grinnell improved to 22-8 overall, including a 1998 season in which the team produced a 10-0 record and won the college's first Midwest Conference Championship since 1963. Grinnell's squad size increased by twenty players, and Stanley played a vital role in bringing in two of the college's largest recruiting classes.
In his combined five seasons as an assistant, Stanley coached eleven defensive players that were selected to all-conference teams, including three Chicago players that were honored as 2002 All-University Athletic Association First Team selections.
In addition to his football-coaching duties, Stanley has also served as a strength-and- conditioning coordinator, as well as an assistant track coach at Grinnell and the University of Chicago.
Originally from Salt Lake City, Utah, Stanley played four seasons of football at Grinnell and graduated with a bachelor's degree in history. He later moved back to Salt Lake City to earn a master's degree in exercise and sports science from the University of Utah. While at Utah, he also served as a graduate assistant coach for three seasons, before being hired as the university's director of football operations for two seasons.
Overall, in his ten years of coaching, Stanley has been associated with nine winning seasons, three bowl games, two conference championships, and two teams that were ranked within the nation's top twenty-five.
"In the end, it's all about creating a competitive, successful, and positive experience for these college students," Stanley added.
Kenyon's 1967-68 basketball team celebrates memorable season
John Dunlop '69, Dick Fox '68, Kit Marty '69, head coach Bob Harrison, and other members of the 1967-68 Kenyon basketball team returned to campus in February to celebrate the thirty-fifth anniversary of one of the best seasons in the College's history.
During halftime of the Lords' victory over Hiram College, members of 1967-68 team were presented with a commemorative photo and honored for their outstanding season in which they posted a 23-5 overall record and a 10-2 Ohio Athletic Conference record.
Team members gathered at a local restaurant on Friday night and shared memories. Saturday morning they attended the Lords' practice session and met current Kenyon players. Following the afternoon game, the group headed to Peirce Lounge for dinner and a reception.
"What a fantastic weekend," Marty said. "It was a pleasure meeting all of the young guys and getting a chance to talk with each of them. Hopefully, one of the things they learned from listening to us is that winning is at least as much attitude as it is skill. I think what set our 1967-68 team apart was the camaraderie that we had and how we felt that no one was going to beat us."
During that memorable 1967-68 season, the Lords were ranked nineteenth in the nation and wound up breaking thirty-six College records and fourteen conference records. As a team, the Lords led the nation in free throw shooting percentage (79.7), ranked sixth in the nation in scoring margin (+17.0) and ranked ninth in scoring average (98.6 point per game). Among conference teams, Kenyon was tops in points scored (2,762), scoring average (98.6 ppg), free throw shooting percentage (79.7), rebounding average (55.9 rpg), and scoring margin (+17.0).
On an individual basis, Dunlop ranked seventh in the nation in free throw percentage (88.9%) and was second on the team with scoring average of 24.4 points per game. Fox averaged 11.28 points and 15.1 rebounds per game, while Terry Parmalee tossed in 13.9 points and grabbed 8.8 rebounds per game. Marty averaged 7.6 points and 10.3 rebounds per game.
John Rinka, a three-time All-American, ranked sixth among all players in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) with a scoring average of 31.8 points per game. Unfortunately, Rinka's plans to attend the reunion were thwarted by inclement weather.
Rinka, who was a sophomore during the 1967-68 season, went on to become the all-time scoring leader in Kenyon history with 3,251 points, a total that still ranks as the seventh-best total in the history of the NCAA. Additionally, Rinka still holds the College's career records for field goals made (1,261), scoring average (32.8 ppg), free throws made (729), and free throw shooting percentage (86.8%).
Harrison coached the basketball team at Kenyon for ten seasons, with the 1967-68 season being his last. He finished his career on campus with an overall record 95-119.
"It was so good to see coach Harrison again and watch his face as he saw each of the teammates as they returned," Marty added. "He was and is a special man and a fantastic coach. Of all the memories I will have of this weekend, including seeing almost all the team together again, watching the current Kenyon team and reminiscing about old times, the most memorable will be the joy all this brought to coach Harrison."
In all, over twenty members of the team, coaching staff, and support personnel were able to attend the reunion weekend.
"It was a fabulous time," current head coach Dave Kunka said. "It was a great opportunity for some of the new guys to met the alumni and talk about the history and tradition in this program. I know our kids had a blast and I'm sure the alumni were glad they made the trip back."
Despite being one of the best-shooting teams in the North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC), the Kenyon men's basketball team struggled through the 2002-03 campaign with an overall record of 3-22 and a conference record of 3-13.
The Lords combined to shoot nearly 44 percent from the floor, but more impressive was the fact that the they sank 37 percent of their three-point shots and finished the season with a total of 198 three-pointers. In ten of their last fifteen games, the Lords converted at least 40 percent of their three-point attempts.
Junior Aaron Stancik led the long-distance barrage by draining 43 of his 103 attempts. His 41.7 shooting percentage ranked sixth among all players in the NCAC. First-year student Arlen Galloway wasn't far behind as he connected on 40 percent of his three-pointers.
While Stancik and Galloway unloaded from the perimeter, senior John Campbell took care of the team's work in the paint. Campbell wrapped up his final season in a Lords' uniform by leading the ream in scoring (17.4 points per game), rebounding (6.8 rpg) and blocked shots (1.4 bpg). He finished his career with a total of 750 points, 364 rebounds, and 68 blocked shots.
The Lords were also accurate at the free throw line, where they combined to sink 73.6 percent of their attempts-the third best output in the conference. On an individual basis, first-year guard Matt Formato led the team in free throw attempts (114) and free throws made (98). His shooting percentage of .860 not only led the Lords, but also was the third-best among all players in the conference. Formato was a pleasant surprise for Kenyon, as he concluded his first season of play with a scoring average of 15.0 points per game. He also contributed 60 steals and 33 assists.
Defense was the name of the game for the 2002-03 Kenyon women's basketball team. The Ladies held their opponents to an average of just 59.5 points per game, the fourth-best average in the North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC). The Ladies also ranked third in the NCAC by allowing opponents to connect on just 38.2 percent of their shots.
Throughout the season, Kenyon held eleven opponents to under twenty field goals and didn't let nine opponents score more than 55 points. During a four-game stretch in the middle of the season, the Ladies gave up an average of just 45.0 points per game.
While the defense was doing its job, the problem for the Ladies was on the other side of the Court, where they struggled to score points. After starting out the season with an 8-6 record, the team finished at 10-15 and was eliminated from the first round of the conference's postseason tournament by Ohio Wesleyan University. The Ladies' offense averaged 56.4 points per game.
The senior trio of Lauren Camp, Beth Lye, and Eileen Wittman led the Ladies on the court. Camp finished with averages of 7.7 points and 5.1 rebounds per game. Lye led the team and ranked fourth in the conference with a scoring aver-age of 11.9 points per game. She also shot 46.4 percent from the floor and averaged 4.5 rebounds per game. Wittman, the teams most accurate three-point shooter, finished with 36 treys and a 7.8 scoring average.
Sophomore Dana Halicki improved upon her first-year numbers and turned out to be the team leader on the boards with an average of 5.2 rebounds per game. First-year students, Katy Zeanah and Lindsay Madaras also played big roles during the season. Zeanah led the team in blocked shots (13), while Madaras cranked out a team-high 91 assists.
The Kenyon College Lords swim team claimed their record 24th straight National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division III Swimming and Diving Championship this season. The Lords piled up a record 756.5 team points and won the three-day national meet by 372 points over second-place Johns Hopkins, which finished with 384.5 points.
Paced by junior Marc Courtney-Brooks, who was voted the NCAA Division III Swimmer of the Year for the second consecutive season, and first-year student Andrejs Duda, Kenyon won fifteen of the twenty events contested, including a sweep of all five relay events for the third straight season. Both Courtney-Brooks and Duda won all seven events in which they swam.
Courtney-Brooks set NCAA records in the 200-yard freestyle, the 500-yard freestyle, and the 400-yard medley relay. He also won the 100-yard freestyle and was a part of the winning 200-yard medley relay, the 800-yard freestyle relay, and the 400-yard freestyle relay.
Not to be outdone, Duda claimed individual titles in the 200-yard individual medley, the 100-yard butterfly, and the 200-yard butterfly. He was also part of the winning 200-freestyle relay, the record-setting 400-yard medley relay, the 200-yard medley relay, and the 400-yard freestyle relay.
Kenyon senior Read Boon added four more relay titles to his name and wrapped up his Kenyon career with five individual titles and 16 relay titles. Fellow seniors Daniel Kiepfer, Jon Philipsborn, and Carlos Vega did not go away empty-handed either. Kiepfer won the 200-yard breaststroke, while Philipsbom and Vega were both a part of the winning 200-yard medly relay team.
Other individual winners for Kenyon included sophomore Leandro Monteiro, and freshmen Russell Hunt and Elliot Rushton. Monteiro successfully defended his title in the 200-yard backstroke, Hunt claimed victory in the 100-yard backstroke, and Rushton won the 1,650-yard freestyle.
More than ever, the Lords' depth showed up in nearly every phase of the meet, as they had a total of twenty-nine top-eight finishers in the thirteen individual swimming events. The Lords total of 544.5 points after the second day of competition would have still won the championship by 160 points.
As a result of Kenyon's powerful performance, head coach Jim Steen was awarded his fourteenth NCAA Division III Coach of the Year award. Steen now owns a total of 39 national titles, more than any coach in the history of the NCAA and all of its divisions.
In its most dominating performance since 1993, the Kenyon women's swimming team won nine of twenty events, set two national records, and claimed its nineteenth overall National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division III championship. Kenyon swept all five relay events for the first time in ten years and piled up a final total of 560.5 points during the three-day national meet at Emory University. Williams College was second with 350 points, Emory was third with 298 points, and Denison University, last year's runner-up, was fourth with 288 points.
The team victory for Kenyon was by the widest margin (210.5) since the Ladies won by 231.5 points over second-place University of California at San Diego in the 1993 season.
The Ladies were led to their second straight championship by juniors Beth Galloway and Agnese Ozolina. Galloway won six of the seven events in which she participated, while Ozolina claimed victory in five of her seven events. Galloway swam a leg on four winning Kenyon relay teams. She also won the 50-yard freestyle relay and 100-yard backstroke. Just for good measure, she set the NCAA record time in each event-22.95 in the 50-yard freestyle and 55.69 in the 100-yard backstroke. Ozolina was a part of four Kenyon winning relay teams. She also won the 200-yard individual medley for the second straight season, placed second in the 200-yard freestyle, and third in 100-yard freestyle.
Kenyon seniors Ashley Rowatt and Betsy Garratt finished off their collegiate careers in style. Garratt swam a leg on four winning relay teams, while Rowatt won the 400-yard individual medley for the second straight season. Rowatt also swam a leg on the Ladies' winning 800-yard freestyle relay team and took third place in both the 500-yard freestyle and the 200-yard breaststroke.
Seniors Melissa Holt and Erinn Hurley, as well as first-year student Rachel Smith, were also a part of that winning 800-yard freestyle relay team. The title was the first for both Holt and Smith, but the fourth career ti,tle for Hurley, who also went on to' swim a leg on the winning 400-yard freestyle relay team. Smith concluded the meet with four top-ten finishes for the Ladies and senior Kate Holland contributed three.
First-year student Jane Alexander and sophomore Meilyn Chan were also first-time winners for the Ladies. Alexander swam a leg on the winning 200-yard freestyle team, while Chan cashed in with the 200-yard and 400-yard medley relay teams.
With the exception of the 2001 season, when Denison won the championship, the Kenyon Ladies have won every championship since 1984.
Men's Indoor Track
The men's indoor track team was once again paced by the senior trio of Michael Baird, Matt Cabrera, and Ben Hildebrand.
The three distance specialists came through for the Lords by guiding the team to a sixth-place team finish at the 2003 North Coast Athletic Conference Indoor Track Championship.
Baird, an All-American in both swimming and cross country, stood out among all Kenyon athletes at the conference meet. He took second place in the 5,000-meter event with an NCAA provisional qualifying time of 14:50.09 and then went on to capture first place in the 3,000-meter finals with a time of 8:39.27.
Hildebrand followed up with a fourth-place finish in the 5,000-meter (15:15.93) and a fifth-place finish in the 3,000-meter (9:01.07). Cabrera added a seventh-place time of 15:37.75 in the 5,000-meter and took fourth place in the 3,000-meter with a time of 9:00. 15.
Hildebrand also joined Aaron Emig, Zach Rosen, and Sean Strader to take second place in the distance medley relay. Earlier in the meet, Emig, a junior, claimed eighth place in the 1,500-meter finals with a time of 4:10.77.
Women's Indoor Track
With only one top-five finisher and a total of 14 points, the Kenyon College women indoor track team had to settle for a ninth-place finish at the 2003 North Coast Athletic Conference Championship.
The bulk of Kenyon's final point total came from first-year student Katy Cameron, who cleared 96" in the pole vault. Her performance was good for third place, which earned her an All-NCAC award. It also established a College record, erasing her old mark of 9' 0' set earlier this season.
Fellow first-year student Christina McNamara also had some success at the championship as she placed seventh in the 1,500-meter finals with a time of 4:58.97. She also took eleventh place in the 3,000-meter event by stopping the clock at 10:57.32. McNamara finished just behind teammate Laura Koss, who took tenth place with a time of 10:51.24.
Heather McMillan added a seventh-place finish in the 800-meter race, while Erin Shively claimed ninth place in the 1,500-meter finals.
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