NAIA Scholar Athletes
Congratulations to Bethany Chew (cross country), Matt McKenzie (cross country), and Kelly Plach (volleyball) for receiving NAIA Scholar Athlete honors this fall. To earn the award, the varsity athlete must be at least a third-year student and maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher.
Chew McKenzie Plach
Sarah Pollmann is Conference Champion!
Second-year women's cross country runner Sarah Pollmann won the 2013 KIAC Women's Cross Country Championships on Saturday, Nov. 9. She finished the 5K race in 20:11, qualifying for the NAIA Championships on Nov. 23 in Lawrence, Kan. She is the second individual cross country runner in STLCOP history to win the conference meet. At nationals, she ran a 5K PR of 19:43 and finished 167th of 319 runners.
Menckowski Scores 1,000 Points
In the first game of his last season of eligibility, fifth-year guard Shawn Menckowski joined STLCOP's "1,000 Point Club" on Friday, Nov. 1, at the STLCOP men's basketball "Tip-Off Classic" in the Pillbox. He became the 11th STLCOP player to join the "club" and the first one to do so since 2009.
Upcoming Athletic Events
Friday, Jan. 17
6:00pm - Women's Basketball vs. Alice Lloyd College at Asbury University
8:00pm - Men's Basketball vs. Alice Lloyd College at Asbury University
Saturday, Jan. 18
2:00pm - Women's Basketball at Asbury University
4:00pm - Men's Basketball at Asbury University
Sunday, Jan. 19
1:00pm - Women's Basketball at Brescia University
3:00pm - Men's Basketball at Brescia University
Eutectic cross country head coach David Baker assembles the team for practices the week before classes begin in August. The six or seven meets on the schedule are held on weekends. The conference championship takes place in November.
Pollmann Named KIAC Runner of the Year; Eutectics Take Fourth in Conference
|Sarah Pollmann is KIAC
Champion. Photo by
STLCOP’s Sarah Pollmann won the KIAC women’s cross country championship title on Saturday, Nov. 9, in Midway, Ky., becoming the first STLCOP runner to win the meet since 2007. Pollmann had the third-fastest time coming into the meet, and went out hard at the gun, taking the lead and never looking back. With 400 meters to go, she was winning the race by 30 meters, leaving time for her to trip on the muddy course, fall down, get up, and finish the race at 20:11 - 16 seconds ahead of runner-up Jasmine Pulliam from Brescia.
|Emily Weichman was the
fourth STLCOP runner
at the KIAC meet.
The STLCOP women’s team finished fourth of 10 teams at the conference meet. First-year student-athlete Janki Patel finished in 13th place with a time of 21:23, earning a spot on the All-Conference 2nd Team. Second-year Jamie Hundsdorfer was 23rd at 22:33 and first-year Emily Weichman was 38th at 23:37. Third-year Bethany Chew rounded out the Eutectic top-five in 50th place at 25:10.
It was the second individual win of the season for Pollmann, who also won the Benedictine-Springfield Invitational on Oct. 19. “I never thought I’d win any races, let alone two in one season,” Pollmann said. In doing so, she was named KIAC Runner of the Year and qualified for the NAIA championships in Lawrence, Kan., on Nov. 23.
At nationals, the weather was cold and the course lived up to its reputation of being “challenging,” but Pollmann managed to churn out the fastest 5K of her career. Averaging 6:21 per mile, she crossed the finish line at 19:43 – six seconds faster than her previous personal record. She finished 167 out of 319 runners at the national meet, becoming the first STLCOP runner to crack the top 200 in six years.
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