Women’s track wins fifth straight UAA title

The women’s track and field team won its fifth straight University Athletic Association Outdoor Championship April 25 at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. The Bears finished the meet with 204.50 points, well ahead of Emory University (181). The men took second place with 194 points, just shy of Emory’s 205. The women have won the past 10 UAA track and field titles — five indoor and five outdoor.

Junior Hallie Hutchens entered the day with the top preliminary times in the 100 and 400-meter hurdles, and she continued that trend in the finals. Hutchens won both events, clocking a 14.64 (NCAA “B” cut) in the 100 hurdles and a 1:03.88 in the 400 hurdles. For her efforts, Hutchens, a seven-time UAA outdoor champion, earned UAA Female Athlete of the Year accolades.

Freshman Dalaina Martin also left her mark on the rest of the field, winning the women’s discus. Martin’s mark of 36.76 meters helped her earn UAA Female Rookie of the Year honors. Senior Lindsey Clark-Ryan took home the triple jump title with a leap of 11.30 meters. WUSTL also won the 400 and 1,600-meter relays.

WUSTL’s men also turned in some impressive performances, highlighted by the Bears’ two individual UAA titles. Senior Darius Viet clocked a 9:15.42 in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, and sophomore David Skiba accomplished a similar feat in the 400-meter hurdles. Skiba took first place with a time of 52.86.

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The No. 12 women’s tennis team fell to No. 1 Emory, 9-0, April 25 in the finals of the UAA Championships in Rochester, N.Y. Junior Sara Kabakoff nearly pushed her match at No. 6 singles to a third set. After dropping the first frame 6-0, Kabakoff forced a tiebreaker in the second set but fell 7-6 (0). The loss was just her second in 22 dual matches. She is 26-2 this season. The Bears reached the finals after cruising through the quarterfinals and semifinals. WUSTL upended the University of Rochester, 9-0, on the first day of competition and followed that with a 6-3 win against Brandeis University in the second round. WUSTL (19-4) finished second in the UAA for the ninth straight time.

The No. 11 men’s tennis team lost to Emory, 4-1, in the UAA Championship finals April 25 in Rochester, N.Y. Sophomore Ari Rosenthal continued his strong play, picking up the only point of the day for the Bears. Rosenthal defeated EU’s Tyson Ramsey, ranked No. 9 in Division III, at No. 2 singles by a 6-0, 7-5 margin. The win was Rosenthal’s 14th straight in singles play. WUSTL advanced to the championship by ousting Rochester, 4-3, in the semifinals and Case Western Reserve University, 6-1, in the first round.

The No. 3 softball team suffered its second loss of the year with a 4-3 setback at Maryville University on April 23. The game was a continuation from April 9 with the score tied at 3 in the top of the sixth. After a scoreless sixth inning, junior Liz Swary walked for the fourth time to lead off the seventh. Freshman Laurel Sagartz sacrificed Swary to second and sophomore Stephanie Sheppard doubled off the center-field wall, but Maryville’s relay throw was perfect and Swary was gunned down at the plate. Sheppard was then thrown out trying to advance to third to end the inning. Then, after an infield hit, passed ball and sacrifice, Kendra Campbell singled home the winning run with one out in the bottom of the seventh.

The baseball team knocked off Eureka College, 8-2, April 22 in Eureka, Ill., behind senior Steve Schmidt’s three-hitter. Schmidt allowed just two unearned runs to improve his ERA to a team-best 3.88.

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