In 1976, the field house, later christened Gordon Field House in recognition of the gift of Richard Gordon ’62, became the home of the Ohio Athletic Conference championship and the Ohio Association of Intercollegiate Sports for Women state title indoor track meets and later was the site of the first nine North Coast Athletic Conference indoor track championship meets.
The men’s indoor track team won its first NCAC championship in 1989, the first for head coach Marv Frye in 29 seasons at Ohio Wesleyan. In 2001, jumper Craig Neeley ’02 won three events and helped the Bishop men’s track & field team to win its third straight NCAC indoor championship. Neeley was named the meet’s Outstanding Field Event Performer for the third straight year. He also won All-America honors in the long jump. In 2002, Neely became the first person in NCAC history to be named Field Event Athlete of the Year for four straight years for both indoor and outdoor track.
In 2008, the men’s track & field team won both the NCAC indoor and outdoor championships. The indoor title was Ohio Wesleyan’s first since 2002. In 2009, the men’s and women’s track & field teams each swept the NCAC indoor and outdoor championships, marking the first time that both Ohio Wesleyan men’s and women’s teams have won both indoor and outdoor conference titles in the same year. Head coach Kris Boey was named regional Coach of the Year in both men’s indoor and outdoor track & field. The men’s and women’s track & field teams won both the outdoor and indoor NCAC championships in 2010, marking the second straight year in which OWU men’s and women’s teams have won both indoor and outdoor conference titles in the same year.
The Battling Bishop men and women’s track teams host indoor meets in the Gordon Field House, nestled in the middle of the Ohio Wesleyan campus. Gordon Field House was named in recognition of the gift of Richard Gordon ’62, a standout tennis player for the Battling Bishops.
The field house received a new roof, new floor, new lighting and a brightened interior in November 2008, and the track was refinished with a state-of-the-art encapsulated surface in December 2008. Gordon Field House annually hosted the Ohio Athletic Conference championships and the OAISW state title meet and was the site of the first nine NCAC championship meets.