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Westfall alum Peyton Proffitt named Great Lakes Region Field Athlete of the Year

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Peyton Proffitt. (Otterbein University photo)
Adam Prescott, Otterbein University,

The list of awards continue piling up for standout Otterbein University freshman Peyton Proffitt, who was named Great Lakes Region Women's Field Athlete of the Year by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association on Tuesday afternoon.

Proffitt (Orient/Westfall) was formally recognized at the NCAA Division III Championships banquet Wednesday evening in New York, ahead of the national meet this weekend. She qualified to compete in the pole vault at nationals at the Polisseni Track & Field Complex in Rochester.

A reigning All-American, Proffitt took third at the NCAA Indoor Championships during early March in Birmingham, Ala. The star newcomer will now enter her first national outdoor meet tied for the top seed/height at 4.06 meters (13-3.75).

The 2023 campaign has been an impressive one for Proffitt, posting 14 different victories and a sweep of the Ohio Athletic Conference (OAC) titles. Her vault of 4.05 meters at the league's recent spring meet set a new OAC record.

Proffitt becomes the second Cardinal in five years from the Otterbein women's program to receive the USTFCCCA regional honor, joining former distance standout Claire Lamb (2018).

Other standouts from the OAC to land special regional awards this time around include Alex Phillip (John Carroll), Keegan Digby (Ohio Northern) and Kenadee Wayt (Mount Union).


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