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ELSON NAMED REGIONAL ATHLETE OF THE YEAR

Muhlenberg senior Will Elson was named Mideast Regional Athlete of the Year by the United States Track Coaches Association at a banquet prior to NCAA track the NCAA Division III Championships at St. Lawrence.

Elson failed to make the final, however, in one of the two events for which he qualified for nationals. Elson came in 13th in the preliminaries of the 1,500 meters with a time of 3:56.19, missing the final by one place. The 12th-place finisher, who ran in Elson’s heat, crossed the finish line in 3:55.49.

Elson will get another chance on Friday when he runs in the trials for the 800 meters. He had the fourth-best qualifying time.

The Mules’ other NCAA competitor, sophomore John Brodowski, is in 10th place after the first five events of the decathlon. He has 3,174 points, 54 out of ninth place and 59 out of eighth. The top eight finishers are All-Americans.

Brodowski was strong in the two jumps, finishing third out of the 16 competitors in the long jump and high jump. He came in ninth in both running events, the 100 meters and the 400 meters, but was 16th in the shot put.

The decathlon concludes on Friday.

Click here for the official meet site.

Four Earn Academic Accolades

Four Muhlenberg athletes have been elected to the 2002 Verizon Academic All-District College Division At-Large Team, chosen by the College Sports Information Directors of America.

To be nominated for the Verizon Academic All-America program, a student-athlete must be at least a sophomore with a 3.2 cumulative grade-point average and a starter or significant reserve on his or her team. The at-large team includes all athletes competing in the varsity sports of crew, gymnastics, skiing, fencing, ice hockey, swimming, water polo, field hockey, lacrosse, tennis, golf, rifle, wrestling and men’s volleyball.

Cameron Parke Senior Cameron Parke of the men’s tennis team was the Mules’ lone first-team selection. He will go on the ballot for the Academic All-America team, which is scheduled to be announced on Tuesday, June 10.

Parke, who graduated on Sunday as a double major in business administration and political science, led Muhlenberg in wins with a combined record of 19-3 during the spring dual-match season. He was 10-1 in singles play, with his lone loss coming in three sets to the 25th-ranked player in the region. Parke finished his career as one of the Mules’ all-time winningest players, with a record of 88-57-2.

Senior wrestler Nate Yeasted was a second-team selection to the men’s All-District Team. A biology major, Yeasted was an All-American in 2003, finishing seventh at 141 pounds at the NCAA Championships, and finished his career with a record of 96-44.

Junior Sarah Niebler was named to the women’s Academic All-District second team. A political science major, Niebler tied for the women’s tennis team lead in singles wins (11) this spring and has tied the school record of 31 career singles wins in spring dual matches.

Chosen for the women’s third team was senior lacrosse player Lynsey Caldwell. A biology major and double minor in English and religion, Caldwell set school records for assists in a career (85), season (36) and game (five) and was voted to the All-Centennial Conference second team.


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Last updated May 22, 2003