Bolen, Burnam earns All-GLR track, field honors


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Two Wilmington College track and field athletes were named All-Great Lakes Region by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).

Senior Marissa Bolen (Gibsonburg, OH/Gibsonburg) in the shot put and sophomore Pierce Burnam (New Richmond, OH/New Richmond) in the 400-meter hurdles earned all-regions honors.

To be named all-region, an athlete must either be ranked in the top-five of an individual event in the region according to final TFRRS data or be part of a top-three relay team.

“Marissa and Pierce both had outstanding seasons,” said Wilmington head coach Ron Combs. “They have worked extremely hard and have been focused all year. It has paid off for both of them. Marissa is finishing up a great career as one of the top throwers who has ever competed at WC and Pierce, I think, is just getting started as a sophomore. “

Bolen, who will be competing in the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championship Friday, also earned All-Great Lakes Region during the indoor season. She qualified eighth nationally in the shot put with a mark of 13.94 meters.

This will mark Bolen’s third appearance on the national stage. Bolen finished 11th in the 2016 NCAA Div. III Indoor Track and Field Championships and 17th in the 2015 NCAA Div. III Outdoor Track and Field Championship.

Burnam finished 31st nationally in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 53.93 seconds at the OAC Outdoor championships. His time was just under a half second away from qualifying for the national meet.

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