BW Class of 2001 | Induction Class of 2011
Claire DeChant was one of the best shotput and discus throwers to ever compete at the College, was the school’s Outstanding Female Athlete in 2001 and an NCAA Division III national champion in the discus in 2000.
During her four years at the College, she earned four letters in track and helped the Yellow Jackets win four OAC indoor and four OAC outdoor titles. Individually, DeChant earned NCAA Division III All-American honors four times, including her national title in 2000. She was an 11-time All-OAC competitor who won four OAC titles in the discus and one each in the shot put both indoors and outdoors. DeChant still holds the school and OAC-record in the discus at 160’7”.
She also excelled in the classroom, earned both Academic All-OAC and GTE/ Verizon Academic All-District IV honors. She graduated with Cum Laude honors.
Today, DeChant is a special education teacher at Brookside High School in Sheffield Lake.