Waterloo graduate Ashley Bault receives prestigious Marietta College honor

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Ashley Bault ended her athletic career at Marietta College as the most decorated female athlete in the school's history.

On Saturday, the Waterloo High School graduate added to her list of awards and honors when she was named the recipient of the Betty Cleland Award, which was established in 1988 and named in honor of former Marietta College president Sherrill Cleland's late wife Betty. The honor is given annually to a senior female for outstanding achievement both athletically and academically.

Bault, a native of Atwater, graduated in 2012 and was a four-year member of the Pioneers' indoor and outdoor track and field team and earned eight varsity letters in the Navy Blue and White. She graduated with a degree in Middle Childhood Education.

"Simply put, Ashley is a phenomenal athlete. Likely the greatest female athlete in school history," Marietta track head coach George Evans said. "Ashley set a new standard of success for our program, both on and off the track. Her competitive drive and mental toughness are unparalleled."

A 14-time NCAA qualifier, Bault became the first track athlete in program history to medal at the NCAA Championships. Bault was the national runner-up in the pentathlon at the 2012 NCAA Indoor Championships, then finished third in the heptathlon at the 2012 NCAA Outdoor Championship.

Bault earned All-American honors seven times in her career and was an eight-time All-Ohio selection.

Bault was named the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Great Lakes Region Field Athlete of the Year three times.

Bault was a dominant force in the Ohio Athletic Conference. She was named the OAC Field Athlete of the Year twice and earned All-OAC honors on 12 occasions, while also earning four OAC championships.

A three-time Marietta College Track and Field Most Valuable Performer, Bault owns 11 school records. Bault holds the mark in the 55-meter hurdles, 60-meter hurdles, 100-meter hurdles, pentathlon, heptathlon, high jump (indoor and outdoor), long jump (indoor and outdoor) and triple jump (indoor and outdoor).

Additionally, Bault's academic achievements are just as impressive as her athletic accomplishments. She graduated with nearly a 3.7 grade-point average and earned Dean's List or Dean's High Honor List on seven occasions. Bault was a member of the McDonough Leadership Program, Kappa Delta Pi and Alpha Lambda Delta honoraries.

Bault earned All-Academic honors from the USTFCCCA three times. She was named Academic All-Ohio Athletic Conference her senior year and earned the female Clyde Lamb Award, the OAC's most prestigious academic award.

Bault was generous with her time away from the classroom and the track. She volunteered at the Marietta YMCA as a gymnastics instructor and the Field Stone Farm Therapeutic Riding Center. Bault also served as a tutor in the Ohio Reads Program, the Marietta Summer Reading Program and at Harmar Elementary School.

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