MG’s Allison Johnson is already leading the national track standings


It didn’t take long for Allison Johnson to make an impact at Penn State.

The Mount Gilead rookie has already set the NCAA women’s best times in the 800 meters and 1,000 meters for indoor track, and she has earned a record three consecutive Athlete of the Week honors on the indoor track Big Ten in his first three weeks of the season.

She is the first freshman to win the Big Ten indoor track award three times in a season, and her three consecutive honors tie the record for most consecutive in conference history.

At Penn State’s Sykes & Sabock Challenge on January 29, she posted a time of 2:04.03 in the 800, which is the fastest time in the nation this season and ranks second on the all-time list of Penn State behind the 2:02.94 set by Danae Rivers in 2019.

Her time of 2:43.12 over 1,000 meters also ranks first this season nationally among varsity runners. Johnson ran a 4:37.44 mile, which ranks 17th nationally.

His three times rank second all-time at Penn State.

Mount Gilead senior Allison Johnson repeated her state championship in dominating fashion by setting the mark for the Division III State Athletics Championships in the girls' 800 meters with a time of 2:08.81.  Johnson followed that up to Penn State where she clocked the season's fastest time on NCAA women's indoor track with a time of 2:04.03.

madison linstedt

The Elgin graduate is a junior swimmer at the University of New Hampshire and she was voted captain for the 2021-22 season.

Last year at the Eastern US Championships, Linstedt was seventh in the 100 backstroke in 58.21, sixth in the 200 backstroke in 2:05.05 and sixth in the 200 butterfly in 2:06.51. The team won the American East for the ninth time in program history and for the second straight season. He will attempt a hat-trick this year.

Hadyn Danals

The River Valley graduate is a freshman member of the University of Virginia wrestling team. While wearing a red shirt this season, he competes alone for the Cavaliers in open competition, appearing in three tournaments.

To open his college career, Danals finished second at 184 pounds at the Southeast Open. Last weekend he finished third at 184 at the Appalachian Open.

Danals is 9-5 overall with five technical falls, a major decision and a pin in 1:11.

The Kegleys

Kyle and Tyler Kegley are both members of the Mount Vernon Nazarene University men’s basketball team.

Kyle is a junior forward who has grown to 6-foot-10. He started all 24 games for the Cougars, averaging 28.7 minutes per game. He’s shooting 63% from the field, 33% from 3-point range and 81% from the foul line to average 15.6 points and 9.5 rebounds. Tyler is a 6-7 senior forward on the roster.

The Cougars are 16-8 overall and 7-5 in the Crossroads League.

Ethan Bell

The 5-9 River Valley freshman guard has moments for the Ohio Northern men’s basketball team.

In a win over Manchester, Bell scored 10 points, and in back-to-back wins over Ohio Wesleyan and Olivet, he scored 11 points apiece. Bell had 12 points in a 74-71 loss to Heidelberg and had six assists against Buffalo State.

He played in 16 games and made eight starts, averaging 25.4 minutes per game, plus 5.3 points, 2.6 assists and 2.2 rebounds. He’s shooting 32 percent on 3-point range for the Polar Bears, who are 8-10 overall and 2-9 in the Ohio Athletic Conference.

Briana Outcalt

The Ridgedale rookie played seven games for the Ohio Northern women’s basketball team as a 5-11 center. She’s averaging 1.4 points and 1.6 rebounds as the Polar Bears are 13-5 overall and 7-4 in the OAC.

OWU duet

North Union’s Preston Crabtree is a 6-3 freshman winger on the Ohio Wesleyan men’s basketball team. He started in two games and appeared in 15 for the Battling Bishops, averaging 7.9 minutes, 3.1 points and 1.1 rebounds on 44% shooting on goal, 30% on 3-point shooting and 63% free throw shooting.

Elgin graduate Ryan Sheridan is a 6-6 sophomore winger at OWU and has played in seven games, averaging 6.1 minutes, 1.9 points and 0.9 rebounds. Sheridan shoots 46% overall and 36% from the bow.

The Bishops are 13-7 overall and 10-3 in the North Coast Athletic Conference.

Sage Brannon

A multiple-time Cardington All-Ohioan, Brannon is now a senior at Mount Vernon Nazarene University as a 5-8 guard on the women’s basketball team.

She has started in 14 of 21 games and is playing an average of 24 minutes per night. Brannon is producing 11 points, 5.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists and more than two steals per game for the Cougars. She shoots 43% overall, 38% from range and 71% from the line.

The Cougars are 13-11, 7-5 in the Crossroads League.

Kyndall’s Arrows

Brannon’s Cardington teammate, Spiers is also a senior who plays women’s basketball for Saginaw Valley State, an NCAA Division II team in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.

The 6-2 cross has appeared in 15 games off the bench and averages 15.5 minutes per game. She shoots 42% from the floor and 69% from the line to average 2.3 points and 2.9 rebounds. The team is 12-5 overall and 7-3 in the GLIAC.

Ariyah Douglas

Only a freshman under Marion Harding, the 5-9 guard is second in the Mountain East Conference with 4.7 assists per game for Alderson Broaddus, an NCAA Division II school in West Virginia.

Douglas has started in 16 of 18 games and leads the team in minutes played with 30 per game. She’s averaging 10.6 points, which is fourth on the team, plus 3.6 rebounds and a steal to go along with her assists. She shoots 37% overall, 27% on 3-pointers and 72% on free throws.

Douglas ranks fourth in the Mountain East region with a 1.3 assist-to-spin ratio. Twelve times this season she has scored in double figures with a game-high 23 against Virginia State. She had 10 rebounds over Davis & Elkins and had 11 assists against Notre Dame in Ohio.

The Battlers are 8-10 overall and 6-9 in the league.

Those with information on area college athletes are encouraged to send it to Rob McCurdy at [email protected], 419-610-0998, Twitter @McMotorsport and Instagram @rob_mccurdy_star.

Rob McCurdy, Marion Star and USA Today Network-Ohio

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