Spring sports wrap-up: UPS athletes make it to post-season nationals in golf, rowing, and track and field

By Brian Sponsler '97

Capping a year in which Puget Sound again boasted one of the best athletics programs in the West, several Logger student-athletes participated in NCAA championships this spring.

One year removed from earning Northwest Conference Golfer of the Year, Emily Lau ’07 established another program mark by becoming the first athlete in Puget Sound history to qualify for the NCAA Golf Championships. Lau, one of 10 individuals nationwide to earn a spot in the 60-person field, placed 18th in the four-day, 72-hole tournament held at Mid Pines Golf and Country Club in Southern Pines, North Carolina. Earlier in the spring Lau led the team to a third place finish at the conference championships.

No stranger to NCAA championships herself, pole vaulter Katie Heaton ’05 made her fourth consecutive trip to the NCAA Track and Field Championships, placing 16th in the final meet of her career. Joining Heaton in Waverly, Iowa, for the championship meet was fellow vaulter Greg Gause ’06. Gause, who earlier in the year matched a program record with a vault of 15'-9", finished 13th at the meet.

Also familiar with post-season competition, the women’s rowing team made a third consecutive appearance at the NCAA championships. The Loggers, ranked in the top five nationally for much of the season, finished in fourth place, the team’s third top-four finish in a row at the championship regatta. Men’s crew completed another outstanding year by competing in the Opening Day Regatta at Seattle’s Montlake Cut. The team won a fifth straight NCRC title this year, as well as pairing with the women’s team to successfully defend the Meyer/Lamberth Cups in the annual competition versus PLU.

In other spring sports: Women’s tennis—second at the NWC Championships; Courtney Dunham ’07 and Alyssa Sidoff ’07 All-NWC First-Team. Men’s tennis—fifth in NWC; Rogers Hawley ’05 All-NWC First-Team. Softball—fifth in NWC; Maren Buck ’05 Second-Team Academic All America, All-NWC First-Team. Men’s golf—fourth at NWC Championships; Matt Ristine ’05 All-NWC. Baseball—14-23; Mac Gebbers ’07 batted .341. Women’s lacrosse—8-9; Whitney Mackman ’06, 39 goals. Track and field—Seven individual titles at the NWC Championships: Heaton in pole vault; Frank Prince ’06 in the 10,000-meters; Colleen Godfrey ’08 in the women’s 5,000-meters and 3,000-meter steeplechase; Pete Van Sant ’08 men’s long jump and 200-meter sprint.

At the All-Sports Banquet, cross country and track and field star Prince shared the Ben Cheney Most Outstanding Male Athlete honors with basketball player Chase Curtiss ’06, while soccer standout Cortney Kjar ’06 took home the Alice Bond Most Outstanding Female Athlete award. The women’s basketball team picked-up the Scholar Athlete team award, with a 3.35 combined grade-point average.