Heys, Muqtadir among OAC weekly best

A pair of Wilmington College athletes were honored as part of the Ohio Athletic Conference’s weekly honor roll.

Wilmington High School graduate Simon Heys was named the cross country runner of the while while soccer player Yusef Muqtadir was named men’s soccer player of the week.

Heys smashed the men’s cross country program record by winning the Grizzly Invitational hosted by Franklin College on Saturday. The Wilmington High School alumnus ran a time of 25:03.47 to win the race by over 20 seconds. The old WC record holder, Alek Erwin, ran his time of 25:25.34 during the 2013 season.

“Simon ran a strong race at Franklin on Saturday in his opening eight-kilometer race of the season,” Head Cross Country Coach Ron Combs said. “He’s been very focused, and he’s put a ton of quality work preparing for the season. It was great to see him run well on the course that will host our Great Lakes Regional meet on November 13th.”

Wilmington heads to Wittenberg University Saturday.

Muqtadir, a senior from Dayton, led the Fightin’ Quakers to an undefeated week by scoring three goals and dishing out one assist for a total of seven points. He scored the game’s only goal in Wilmington’s 1-0 win at Earlham College in the season-opener and netted two goals with an assist in the Quakers’ 11-0 thrashing of Mount St. Joseph University in the final game of the Kiwanis Classic on Sunday.

“I’m really excited for Yusef to get this award as he is such an active player that creates a lot for our team,” Head Men’s Soccer Coach Alex Van der Sluijs said. “He trains so much on his own and demands a lot from himself. I know this award will only be more fuel for him to get better and help our team.”

Wilmington (2-0-1) heads to Kalamazoo College for a 5 p.m. contest on Saturday.