Judy Bataille is NCAA national track champion

April 16th, 2009    Author: Richard Crawford    Filed Under: Sports

Judy Bataille, a 2006 graduate of Felicity High School, has recently earned her second consecutive Division III national indoor track championship.

Bataille, a junior at Heidelberg College, Tiffin, Ohio, won the 55-meter dash with a time of 7.02 seconds.

The National Collegiate Athletic Association’s (NCAA) Division III Indoor Track and Field National Championships took place at the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology’s Sports and Recreation Facility in Terre Haute, Ind. The meet involved 446 student-athletes from 134 colleges located in 27 states.

Judy Bataille holds her national championship trophy.
Bataille entered the finals of the 55-meter dash with the best qualifying time of 7.09. Her championship race time of 7.02 is the best recorded in the event for the Division III indoor season, nationally.

The collegiate All-American successfully earned the crown she first achieved a year ago. In 2008 she recorded a championship clocking of 7.0. This burst of incredible speed still stands as the NCAA Division III national record.

At Felicity High, Bataille captured the Division III state championship in the 100-meter dash her junior year. She was second her senior year and also finished fourth in the 200 that year. As a freshman she was sixth in the 100 and 200 and as a sophomore she was third in the 100. She was a Southern Buckeye Conference National Division all-star all four seasons as a Cardinal.

The Heidelberg Student Princess, a member of the Ohio Athletic Conference (OAC), won the national team championship led by the Clermont countian and teammate Tomika Brown of Bellefontaine, Ohio.

Earlier in the season Bataille won the 55-meters at the OAC Championships with a clocking of 7.07. This time automatically qualified her for the national championship meet.

"I'm an indoor kind of person. I like indoor season better," said Bataille who is a biology major. "I will keep working harder to get ready for the outdoor season."

Her events for the outdoor season are the 100 and 200 meter dashes and the 400 and 1,600 meter relays.

"If I can stay healthy I think I can win the 100 and 200 this year," she said.

Now a resident of the Hamersville area, Bataille expressed her appreciation of the support she always received from her parents Joe and Wilma Cluxton and the same from her coaches at Felicity, Don Gaffney and Brad Ellis.

"I miss the people at Felicity. We had some great (track and field) teams there.

"I want to thank the people of Felicity for their support, and I want to thank God for giving me the talent I've got," the All-American Clermont countian said.
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