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Friday, September 06, 2019 3:10 pm

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Combs named PFW cross country coach

JOURNAL GAZETTE

Aaron Combs has been named the head coach of the men's and women's cross country programs at Purdue Fort Wayne, Mastodon Cross Country/Track & Field Director Alex Carradine announced Friday.

Combs served as the assistant coach for track & field and cross country at Queens University of Charlotte. He began at Queens as a graduate student-athlete, moved to a volunteer coaching position and most recently got promoted to assistant coach (2016-2019). During his time at Queens, he helped lead the men's cross country team to two top-ten team finishes at the NCAA DII Cross Country Championships.

In 2018, he led the women's cross country program to a top-ten finish at the NCAA DII Cross Country Championships as well. Combs led 11 individuals to become SAC champions. Combs also produced video content for Queens Track & Field YouTube channel and served as a liaison between brand representatives in the purchase of athletic gear.

Combs was also a track runner at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington where he qualified for the NCAA Division I National Championships in the 800 meter and as the anchor for the 4x400 relay team. The relay team also won the Colonial Athletic Association title.

Tech promotes baseball assistant

The Indiana Tech baseball team has promoted assistant coach Brent Alwine to full-time status, head coach Kip McWilliams announced. He will being his role as a full-time assistant on Sept. 15. Alwine is in is his second with the Warriors. His main responsibilities included working with infielders and hitters and the Warriors held a .965 team fielding percentage and a .311 team batting average, ranking 26th and 47th in the nation, respectively.

Homestead grad named captain

Junior Ellis Yoder, a Homestead graduate, was named one of two captains of the Bentley University golf team along with senior Robert Falconer. Yoder completed his first two years at Bentley with only one grade less than a 4.0 and was voted to last season’s Academic All-Northeast-10 team. He was also the first-ever recipient of the NE10’s Elite 24 Award, which goes to the student-athlete at each conference championship with the highest GPA. On the course, Yoder had a 78.1 stroke average in his first season as part of Bentley’s top five and placed 28th at the Regional.