Women’s 4×400 relay takes second at NCAAs
The women’s 4×400 meter relay team notched a second-place finish for the second straight NCAA meet to conclude the final day of the 2005 Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships May 28.
Fresh off a ninth-place finish in the NCAA Indoor Championships, the women’s track and field team rallied in the final day for 18 points to finish in a tie for 13th place with 22 points. The 13th-place finish is the second-highest finish in school history at the outdoor meet. WUSTL recorded a ninth place finish in 1998.
The Bears relay 4×400 relay team ran a school record 3:46.13, shattering the old record of 3:50.03. All four athletes ran a personal best, and the time was the second fastest in Division III in 2005. The relay All-America citation is the first in outdoor school history, and second overall.
Freshman Danielle Wadlington, sophomore Natalie Badowski, junior Laura Ehret and junior Michelle McCully comprised the team.
Senior Hallie Hutchens earned All-America honors for the third time in her career placing sixth in the women’s 100 hurdles.
Badowksi is 1st-team academic all-district
Sophomore Natalie Badowski garnered ESPN The Magazine track and field first-team Academic All-District VII College Division honors, as announced by the College Sports Information Directors of America. Badowski is eligible for selection to the Academic All-America Team, which will be announced June 23.
Baseball wins one, loses two in regionals
The baseball team went 1-2 at the NCAA regional May 19-21 in Bloomington, Ill.
The Bears dropped a 4-2 decision in the opening game of the regional to Wartburg College, the eventual regional champion. In the second game, junior Bryan Brown went 5 for 5 with five singles in leading WUSTL to a 12-9 win against top-seeded Aurora University. Junior Kent Wallace picked up the win in relief for the Red and Green; classmate Jim Haley went 4 for 6 with three RBIs.
The Bears’ year ended against Edgewood College, losing 4-0.
Corning is third-team academic All-American
Junior Ryan Corning has been named an ESPN The Magazine College Division third-team Academic All-America, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America.
Corning is the fifth WUSTL player in program history to earn the accolade.
Corning, a 2004 and 2005 Academic All-District honoree, started all 42 games this season at shortstop. He batted .346 with a team-high 47 runs, 53 hits, 13 doubles, four home runs and 24 RBIs.
A team captain, Corning also broke the single-season school record with 137 assists. His .386 career batting average ranks second, and he is tied for ninth all-time with 13 home runs.
Swary named Academic All-America of the Year
Senior Liz Swary has been named the 2005 ESPN The Magazine College Division Softball Academic All-America of the Year, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America.
Swary, a three-time first-team Academic All-District VII and Academic All-America selection, became the fourth WUSTL student-athlete to earn the award.
A first-team All-America selection in 2005, Swary batted .415 with seven home runs and a school-record 57 RBIs. She also led the team in runs scored (44), doubles (20) and slugging percentage (.726).
Swary ended her career ranked 14th in Division III history in doubles (55) and RBIs (174) and 25th in home runs (26).