Women’s track & field wins Rose-Hulman Quad

The women’s track and field team opened the 2005 season Jan. 22 by winning the Rose-Hulman Quad in Terre Haute, Ind. The team registered 128 points, just ahead of host Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. The WUSTL men placed third with 107 points, while Rose-Hulman won the meet with 164 points.

Sophomore Delaina Martin broke the school record and won the women’s weight throw. She recorded a mark of 14.75 meters (48-4 3/4). Junior Julie McDermitt won the 55-meter dash, clocking a 7.59. Other WUSTL winners included senior Maggie Grabow (3,000 meters) and junior Leah Sabin (triple jump).

For the men, freshman Marcus Woods made his college debut by winning the 200-meter dash in 23.46. Other winners were junior Brennan Bonner (3,000), junior David Skiba (55-meter hurdles) and senior Eric Frye (weight throw).

Both of WUSTL’s 1,600-meter relay squads also took first place.

Swimming & diving wins WUSTL invitational meet

The women’s swimming and diving team put together an impressive showing at the WUSTL Invitational at Millstone Pool. The Bears took first place with 922 points in a field of seven teams, edging DePauw University (893 points). In the process, the women recorded eight NCAA provisional-qualifying times and broke one school record.

Freshman Meredith Nordbrock continued her assault on the school record books, breaking the school mark in the 400-yard individual medley. Nordbrock, who holds or shares four other school records, clocked a 4:37.31 in the event, shattering the old record of 4:38.15. The time also earned an NCAA “B” cut.

The men placed third of eight teams with 632.5 points.

Senior Craig Goergen won the one-meter diving competition. Goergen racked up a team season-high 419.60 points in the event. He also took second place in the three-meter diving event with 349.25 points.

Men’s basketball squad splits two UAA contests

The men’s basketball team posted a 1-1 record in a pair of University Athletic Conference road games last weekend. The Bears recorded their 1,000th win in program history as they knocked off Carnegie Mellon University, 93-83, on Jan. 23. Senior Rob Keller tied his career-high with 26 points.

Two nights earlier, the University of Rochester outrebounded Washington U. 51-29 en route to a 71-63 win over the Bears. Keller led the Bears with 18 points and six rebounds.

Women’s hoopsters sweep road UAA games

The women’s basketball team went 2-0 in a pair of road conference contests last weekend. WUSTL recorded its 500th win in school history with a 63-43 win at Carnegie Mellon University Jan. 23. Senior Kelly Manning led the Bears with 15 points.

The Bears (14-2, 4-1 UAA) opened the weekend Jan. 21 with a 59-50 win at the University of Rochester. Hallie Hutchens finished the game with 18 points and 15 rebounds.

WUSTL ranks third in Director’s Cup after fall

The University is ranked No. 3 at the end of the fall season in the Division III United States Sports Academy Directors’ Cup standings. Washington U. scored 248 points, led by a runner-up finish in volleyball, a third-place showing in women’s cross country and a fifth-place finish in women’s soccer.

The third-place finish at the end of the fall season is the highest in school history.

Last season, Washington U. finished 16th in the fall standings and ninth in the overall standings. WUSTL’s highest finish in school history in the Director’s Cup overall standings was a fifth-place showing in 2002-03.

Williams College (Mass.) increased its lead to 146 points, led by a championship in wo-men’s cross country and a fifth-place showing in men’s soccer and women’s volleyball.

Moving into second place is Messiah College (Penn.) with 266 points, based on its national title in men’s soccer and third-place finishes in women’s field hockey and soccer.

WUSTL sits in third, while Middlebury (Vt.) is fourth with 244 points and Wisconsin-La Crosse is fifth with 218 points.

These standings are based upon the completion of women and men’s cross country, field hockey, women and men’s soccer and women’s volleyball.

The United States Sports Academy Directors’ Cup was developed as a joint effort between the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics and USA Today. The United States Sports Academy, based in Daphne, Ala., is in its first year sponsoring the program. Points are awarded based on each institution’s finish in up to 18 sports — nine women’s and nine men’s.