Hawk, Bolen earn OAC’s Clyde A. Lamb Award


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WORTHINGTON — Two Wilmington College student-athletes were among the 20 honored at the Ohio Athletic Conference’s Clyde Lamb banquet at the Holiday Inn Worthington.

Seniors David Hawk and Marissa Bolen were the two Wilmington selections for the prestigious conference award.

The Clyde A. Lamb Awards are presented annually to 10 male and ten female student-athletes from each of the Ohio Athletic Conference (OAC) institutions.

Criteria for the award includes at least two years participation in an OAC-sponsored sport, senior status, a minimum grade point average of 3.00 and sportsmanlike conduct in a manner that has brought credit to the student-athlete and his or her institution.

Hawk was a three-time Academic All-OAC honoree and was a member of the Wilmington College Dean’s List following all eight semesters of his collegiate career.

He graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry recording a 3.67 grade point average. Hawk will be attending the James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy at the University of Cincinnati.

His work in the pool is as impressive as his work outside of the pool. A five-time OAC Champion, Hawk holds the OAC record in the 50 freestyle and is a two-time NCAA Provisional Qualifier. He holds eight school records, three individual and five relays.

Hawk is a two-time Wilmington College Male Athlete of the Year.

Bolen graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Ag Business posting a 3.22 grade point average. She has been on the Dean’s List in four semesters, was inducted into the Order of Omega Greek National Academic Honor Society and the Delta Tau Alpha Agricultural Academic Honor Society.

The two-time outdoor OAC champion in the shot put, Bolen is in line to qualify for her third trip to the NCAA Division III Track & Field Championships. She is the current record holder in shot put, both indoors and outdoors.

She earned All Great Lakes Region during the 2016 indoor season, and is a five-time All-OAC honoree and a three-time All-Ohio honoree.

Bolen is a two-time Wilmington College Female Greek Athlete of the Year.

The award was founded in 1985 and is named in honor of Clyde A. Lamb. Lamb organized the department of health and physical education at Ohio Northern University in 1929, and served as a coach, department chairman and athletics director at ONU from 1929-64. He continued to teach full-time until his death in 1969.

Lamb, who received his bachelor’s degree from Coe College in 1923 and a master’s degree from Columbia University in 1929, coached numerous sports at Ohio Northern during his tenure. In 1959, he was elected to the NAIA Helms Hall of Fame. He was honored as Ada’s Distinguished Citizen in 1956 and was inducted into Ohio Northern’s Athletic Hall of Fame in 1969.

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