WUSTL takes Directors’ Cup lead

WUSTL has taken the lead in the 2007-08 U.S. Sports Academy Directors’ Cup Division III standings.

The University accumulated 371.5 points during the winter season to move past Williams College, who led after the first set of winter standings were released. WUSTL sits in first place with 693.50 points, while Amherst College is second with 647 points and Williams is third with 617.25 points. This marks the second time in school history WUSTL has led the Directors’ Cup.

Women’s tennis places third

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The No. 24 women’s tennis team played to a third-place finish at the 12-team Midwest Region Invitational tournament in Madison, Wis., April 4-5.

The tournament featured 12 of the top teams in the NCAA Division III central region, and the Bears (11-3) finished with a 3-1 record, recording two victories against teams ranked ahead of them in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association top 30 poll.

Track and field first, fourth at meet

The women’s and men’s track and field teams finished first and fourth, respectively, at the Washington University Select meet April 5.

Men’s javelin thrower Keith England, a sophomore, provisionally qualified for the NCAA Outdoor Championships with a first-place distance of 58.83 meters. England was one of three individual event winners for the men’s team; the women’s squad totaled eight individual titles. Both squads took first in the 4×400-meter relay.

Juniors Danielle Wadlington and Aubrey Edwards led the women. Wadlington was first in the 100-meter hurdles (15.04) and the 200-meter dash (26.05). Edwards finished in the top three in three field events. She won the hammer throw (44.69 meters) and was second in the discus (37.11 meters) and third in the shot put (11.03 meters). Both teams return to action Saturday, April 12, when they host the Washington University Quad meet.

Baseball begins winning streak

The baseball team (10-7) pushed its winning streak to three games with a 15-5 victory against MacMurray College April 2.

Freshman David Liebman picked up the win for the Bears, the first of his career. Offensively, WUSTL scored a combined 14 unanswered runs in the bottom of the fourth, fifth and sixth innings. Junior Scott Kennedy was 1-for-2 with three RBIs and a run scored; sophomore Remy Midkiff went 2-for-4 at the plate, scoring twice; and junior Zander Lehmann was 2-for-3 with an RBI.

Softball finishes second in Iowa

The No. 15 softball team (20-7) posted a 2-2 overall record and placed second at the Hy-Vee Invitational in Grinnell, Iowa.

In a loss to Nebraska Wesleyan University in the championship game, Nebraska Wesleyan scored three runs in the top of the fifth inning to post a 3-2 come-from-behind victory.

WUSTL split a pair games on Friday, falling to Coe College, 3-2, and posting an 11-2 win against Grinnell College later. WUSTL ended pool play with a 3-2 win against Nebraska Wesleyan on Saturday before falling in the championship game.

Sophomore Ashton Hitchcock and freshman Claire Voris both were named to the All-Tournament Team. Hitchcock hit .538 (7-13) with one home run and five RBIs during the tournament, while Voris was 1-2 on the mound with a 2.23 earned run average with 24 strikeouts in 15.2 innings pitched.

Men’s tennis jumps to No. 2 ranking

Coming off two wins against top 10 teams, the men’s tennis team (9-3) jumped to No. 2 in the latest Intercollegiate Tennis Association top 30 poll.

The No. 2 ranking is the highest in school history. The Bears improved to 4-2 against top 10 teams this season after defeating No. 8 Trinity University, 5-4, and No. 7 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges, 7-2. Sophomore John Watts is ranked No. 1 in Division III in singles and has posted a 22-3 overall record in 2007-08.

WUSTL is one of four University Athletic Association teams ranked in the top 20. The Bears opens a three-match homestand Saturday, April 12, against No. 25 Coe College.