Three in track and field are All-Americans

Men’s tennis players bested in championships

Sophomore John Watts’ and junior Charlie Cutler’s run through the 2008 NCAA Division III singles championships ended May 17 in Lewiston, Maine, as Watts lost in the semifinals and Cutler fell in the quarterfinals.

Watts finished the season with 28-6 overall. Cutler, who was making his second appearance in the singles draw after losing in the round of 16 as a sophomore, ended his season with a 20-9 mark.

Cutler is the second player in WUSTL men’s tennis history to earn five All-American honors: 2006 (doubles), 2007 (singles), 2007 (doubles), 2008 (singles) and 2008 (doubles). Ari Rosenthal (2002-06) was the first.

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Cutler and junior Chris Hoeland were eliminated from the doubles championship in the quarterfinals by Ben Stein and Amrite Rupasinghe of host Bates College May 17. Cutler and Hoeland, also an All-American, ended the season with a 26-8 overall record.

Three in track and field are All-Americans

Three members of the men’s and women’s track and field teams earned All-American recognition at the 2008 NCAA Division III outdoor championships in Oshkosh, Wis., May 22-24: senior Morgen Leonard-Fleckman, junior Tanner Coghill and freshman Ben Harmon.

Harmon earned a fifth-place finish in the decathlon, and Coghill ran to an eighth-place mark in the 400-meter hurdles. Coghill broke a 20-year-old school record in the 400 hurdle preliminaries May 22 with a time of 52.61. The men’s team tied for 51st with five team points.

For the women’s team, Leonard-Fleckman earned All-American honors in the pole vault for the second time in 2008 and the fourth time in her career. The 2008 NCAA Division III indoor national champion in the event, Leonard-Fleckman placed fifth at the outdoor meet, clearing a height of 3.72 meters. The women tied for 60th with four points.

Five football players join honor society

WUSTL had five seniors named to the 2008 National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame Hampshire Honor Society: offensive lineman Kevin Brooks, linebacker Michael Elliott, tight end Jeff Howenstein, defensive lineman Charlie Machan and linebacker Tyler McSparin.

The society is composed of college football players from all divisions of play who maintained a 3.2 grade-point average or better.

The Bears also have a new assistant football coach in Jim Ryan. He replaces Ryan Heasley, who took an offensive coordinator job at Davidson College in March.

Ryan, who will coach the defensive line and serve as the recruiting coordinator, spent the past five seasons as linebacker coach and defensive coordinator at Illinois College in Jacksonville, Ill.