Sports update May 29: Track has strong showing at nationals

Senior Erica Jackey led five individual All-Americans for the track & field teams at the 2012 NCAA Division III Men’s and Women’s Outdoor Track & Field Championships May 24-26 in Claremont, Calif.

The women finished tied for sixth in the team standings, the second-highest finish in program history and marked the third top-10 finish at the outdoor championships all-time. The men scored one point, to finish tied for 77th.

Jackey earned All-America honors in three events within three hours, becoming the first athlete in school history to be an All-American in more than two events at the same championship. She raced to a third-place finish in the 1,500 in 4:27.81. Jackey then added a seventh-place finish in the 800 in 2:09.73, a day after breaking her own school record in the event. She finished the day by racing to a fifth-place finish in the 5,000 with a time of 17:07.11.

Senior Elizabeth Phillips finished her career by earning All-America honors with a sixth-place finish in the 1,500 for the second year in a row. She became the most decorated athlete in track & field history, finishing as a seven-time All-American in her career.

Senior Michael Burnstein raced to All-America honors in the men’s 10,000 for the third-straight year. He clocked a time of 31:00.45 to finish eighth, and was one of 12 athletes to break the stadium record in the event. It marked the third-straight All-America finish for Burnstein, as he placed seventh in 2010 and third in 2011.

Sophomore Anna Etherington finished fourth in the women’s pole vault and freshman Lucy Cheadle earned seventh place in the women’s 3,000 steeplechase to round out WUSTL’s scoring and All-America honors at the championships.

Men’s tennis makes fifth straight final four appearance

The No. 15 men’s tennis team concluded the 2011-12 season with an 18-8 overall record and made its fifth straight final four appearance.

The Bears upset No. 1 and defending national champion Amherst College May 21 in the quarterfinals in Cary, N.C., and then dropped a 5-2 decision to No. 4 ranked Kenyon College May 22 in the semifinal. In the third-place match May 23, WUSTL fell to No. 3 Williams College 5-4.

Junior Adam Putterman and freshman Adam Putterman also represented WUSTL in the singles and doubles championship. Adam Putterman advanced to the quarterfinals in singles to earn All-America honors, while the Putterman’s dropped its opening round match in doubles. Adam Putterman closed out his junior campaign with a 32-6 singles mark and a 56-16 overall record.

Women’s tennis competes in NCAA individual championships

Senior Natalie Tingir, junior Kate Klein and sophomore Corinne Rauck had their seasons come to an end at the 2012 NCAA Division III Women’s Tennis Individual Championships May 24 in Cary, N.C.

Tingir dropped her singles match in the round of 32 to Emory University’s Jordan Wylie in straight sets (6-3, 6-3). She finished the season with a 16-10 singles record. Tingir posted a 101-62 overall record in her career at WUSTL and was the 19th women’s tennis player in school history to surpass 100 career wins.

In the opening round of the doubles championship, Klein and Rauck dropped their match to Alyssa Roberg and Courtney Lawless of Whitman College, 7-5, 7-6 (7-1).

WUSTL Athletics drops to third in Directors’ Cup standings

Washington University fell to third place in the first set of spring 2011-12 Division III Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup standings, as announced by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) May 24.

Middlebury College of Vermont took over the top spot from WUSTLfollowing a third-place finish in women’s lacrosse and a 21st-place finish in men’s golf. Middlebury leads with 811 points, while Amherst College has moved up to second with 757.75 points.

WUSTL is third with 744.50 points following a 13th-place finish in women’s golf, while 15-time Directors’ Cup champion Williams College (603 points) and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (542.75 points) round out the top five.

The final Division III standings will be released on Thursday, June 7.

Rogalski named finalist for Fan’s Choice award

Senior All-American baseball player Brandon Rogalski is one of 20 finalists for the “Fan’s Choice Award presented by TD Ameritrade.”

Rogalski is the only finalist from NCAA Division III and is one of just two players from non-Division I schools. The “Fan’s Choice Award” goes beyond the stat sheet to honor and recognize college baseball players who are positive role models both on and off the field, exemplifying core values like teamwork and integrity, as well as the drive to win.

The winner will be determined by fans through Facebook voting and will be honored at the 2012 TD Ameritrade College Home Run Derby.

The 2012 University Athletic Association (UAA) Player of the Year, Rogalski is the all-time career hits leader at WUSTL and ranks in the top 10 in seven career offensive categories.

Fans can learn more about Rogalski and vote for him each day through Facebook until June 25, by visiting

Women’s crew team captures 4+ title at regatta

For the second straight year, the women’s varsity crew captured the 4+ race at the American Collegiate Rowing Association (ACRA) National Championship Regatta.

Out of 17 boats, the women posted a time of 7:19.4, over 10 seconds faster than second place Emory University. Ohio State University rounded out the top three.

The crew consisted of Gryte Satas (2012 graduate), Miranda Timonen (2012 graduate), Sarah Legault (rising junior), Audrey Leeka (rising junior), and coxswain Emily Schwab (rising junior).

The regatta was held May 26 and 27 on Lake Lanier in Gainesville, Ga.