Monday, April 19, 2021

Simply The Best

 

written by STEVE ULRICH
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1. Simply The Best


Wallace Named WIAC Field Performer of the Year

UW-Eau Claire senior Megan Wallace set a NCAA Division III record in the heptathlon on Friday, scoring 5,471 points at the UW-La Crosse Ashton-Esten meet. Her total bested the old mark of 5,467 set by Kim Oden of Nebraska Wesleyan in 1992.

She ran a career-best 2:23.49 in the 800 to clinch the record, bettering her outdoor personal best by 3.69 seconds.

  • 100 Hurdles: 14.46
  • High Jump: 1.63m (5-4 1/4)
  • Shot Put: 13.39m (43-11 1/4)
  • 200: 25.77
  • Long Jump: 5.77m (18-11 1/4)
  • Javelin: 39.55m (129-9)
  • 800: 2:23.49

 
FINANCES

2.  Centre Announces $50M Project


"The largest, most comprehensive construction project to date at Centre College will create a 135,000-square-foot facility devoted to wellness and athletic excellence. It will benefit the entire campus community and set a new standard for holistic education at top-ranked residential liberal arts colleges across the nation.

Designed in partnership with Cincinnati-based architects MSA Sport, the $50 million project reflects Centre’s commitment to invest in facilities and programs that enhance student success, hone leadership skills and prepare graduates for lives of impact.

As part of a campus-wide strategic planning effort, it was clear that expanded wellness and athletic facilities were needed to continue the long history and clear mission of training leaders who can make a difference in the world."

>> The Bottom Line: "Early commitments, including two lead gifts, exceed three-quarters of the projected cost, leaving approximately $12 million to raise to fully fund the project. The expansive new building will continue a series of recent campus construction projects totaling more than $30 million."

>> The Big Picture: "Included in the overall construction project, Farris Stadium, built in 1923, will be transformed to provide world-class facilities for football, men’s lacrosse, and track and field, and also provide new seating, hospitality spaces and an upgraded press box. In addition, Gary Wright Field will be relocated to create a new and enhanced experience for Centre’s baseball team."

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CONFERENCES

3. Champions




Congratulations to these conference champions!

Field Hockey

Football

Golf

Soccer

Tennis

Volleyball


 
TOP 10

4. Weekend Review


Baseball
  1. Washington, Mo. (d. Spalding, 7-1, 3-2, 4-1, 4-0)
  2. Trinity, Texas (d. Dallas, 16-1, 7-5)
  3. Salisbury (d. #15 Shenandoah, 19-10)
  4. Webster (d. Greenville, 11-0, 11-0, 6-4, 6-5)
  5. Marietta (vs. Baldwin Wallace, 7-6, 7-11, 7-5)
  6. Cal Lutheran (lost to Antelope Valley, 9-4, 2-1)
  7. N.C. Wesleyan (lost to Christopher Newport, 8-7)
  8. Aurora (vs.Illinois Tech, 8-11, 8-5, 10-3, 18-8)
  9. Babson (vs. #19 Wheaton, Mass., 3-0, 4-7, 1-7, 5-3)
  10. Washington & Jefferson (vs. Chatham, 8-0, 7-0, 3-4, 9-2)
Lacrosse (M)
  1. RIT (d. #10 St. Lawrence, 15-5)
  2. Salisbury
  3. Tufts (d. Connecticut C, 24-16; d. #17 Wesleyan, 27-11)
  4. York
  5. Lynchburg (d. Bridgewater, 20-8)
  6. Cabrini (d. Neumann, 23-3; d. Wesley, 28-3)
  7. Gettysburg
  8. Christopher Newport
  9. Union (d. Vassar, 19-5)
  10. St. Lawrence (lost to #1 RIT, 15-5)
Lacrosse (W)
  1. Franklin & Marshall (d. Washington C, 15-6)
  2. Washington and Lee (d. Virginia Wesleyan, 30-1)
  3. Tufts (d. Connecticut C, 20-3)
  4. Salisbury (d. #22 St. Mary's, 14-13 OT)
  5. Gettysburg
  6. Catholic
  7. Ithaca (d. Rochester, 21-13)
  8. Colby (d. Bates, 18-5)
  9. York, Pa. (d. Eastern, 23-0)
  10. Denison (d. Allegheny, 18-6)
Softball
  1. Virginia Wesleyan (d. Mary Washington, 10-0, 10-3; d. Lynchburg, 12-3, 11-5)
  2. Texas Lutheran (d. Centenary, La., 9-3, 9-4)
  3. Linfield (vs. Whitworth, 7-4, 4-8, 8-2, 14-8)
  4. East Texas Baptist (d. Ozarks, 10-2, 14-6, 9-0)
  5. Eastern Connecticut
  6. Birmingham-Southern (vs. Millsaps, 4-5, 9-1, 3-0)
  7. Belhaven (vs. LeTourneau, 4-3, 1-2)
  8. Salisbury (d. #11 CNU, 8-0, 7-2; lost to #19 Randolph-Macon, 6-2, 4-3)
  9. DePauw (d. Wittenberg, 3-2, 6-1)
  10. Moravian

 
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RECAP

5. Weekend Stars


Photo by Earl Kufen
photo by Earl Kufen

Baseball
  • Catcher Cumming blasted three home runs and accounted for 13 total bases as Penn State Altoona blasted Pitt-Bradford, 17-7. It was the second time this season that the senior has hit three round-trippers in a game.
  • Mike Dato also slammed three home runs to tie the program career record as Monmouth fell at Grinnell, 16-13. 
Football
  • Lake Forest recorded four safeties in its 21-14 victory against Illinois College. Since the NCAA DIII record for safeties in a season is five (Widener, 2014), it seems safe to say that the Foresters set a single-game mark.
GolfTrack and Field
 
TRANSACTIONS

6.  Comings and Goings
 
 
1 SMILE

7.   Halfway There


Roughly half of U.S. residents age 18+ have gotten at least one dose of COVID vaccine.

  • CDC data yesterday put the figure at 49.7%. The WashPost's Dan Diamond says that should hit 50% today.

 

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