Friday, June 29, 2007
Wednesday’s Edmond Sun featured assistant cross country and track coach Mark Thompson. Thompson, who also teaches chemistry and physics at OC, continues to run competitively on the national level. Click here to read the Sun article.
Thursday, June 28, 2007
University of Oklahoma athletic director Joe Castiglione gave OC alumna Sherri Coale (the women’s basketball head coach at OU) a big raise and big praise on Wednesday. In an Oklahoman article, the A.D. is quoted as saying, “I think Sherri’s skill is now transcending the sport of women’s basketball. She has become, really, one of the strongest women leaders in our state, region and now nationally. We know we have a true gem and a person who is developing into an Oklahoma icon.” Way to go, Sherri!
Monday, June 18, 2007
WES McKINZIE, Blog Host
Here is one man’s opinion on the top five stories of the year in OC Athletics ...
1. The undefeated
Though the women’s soccer team has enjoyed quite a bit of success in recent years, nothing compares to what the Lady Eagles did this year. They went undefeated (17-0-2) during the regular season and won the Sooner Athletic Conference championship, OC’s only team title this year. The Lady Eagles rewrote OC’s record books, dominated the all-conference team and advanced to their third national tournament in five years.
2. Elite on the links
I can basically reprise what I wrote about the golf team last year … so I will! The OC golf team spent most of the season ranked No. 1 in the country. Though a tough second day of the NAIA tournament meant a third-place national finish, it speaks volumes about the program’s premier status that placing third was a disappointment. In an unparalleled run of success in OC’s rich athletic history, the golf team has now placed in the nation’s top four for eight straight years.
3. A 30th year to remember
The women’s basketball team celebrated its 30th season in style, winning the 600th game in program history, beating rivals SNU (twice), OCU and LCU, staying in contention for the league title until the final weekend of the regular season, and advancing to its eighth straight national tournament. The Lady Eagles capped off the year with a Sweet 16 appearance, national honors for Rachel Martin and Katie Fariss, and the prestigious distinction as the NAIA’s “Champions of Character” team for 2006-07.
4. Men’s soccer success
It was a great year on the soccer pitch all the way around. The Eagle soccer team turned in one of the best regular seasons in men’s program history, then made a big splash at the national tournament by advancing to the “Elite Eight.” The accomplishment was all the more impressive considering the Eagles came from behind against host school Embry-Riddle (Fla.) to win their Sweet 16 game.
5. From adversity to All-Americans
At indoor nationals, the 4x800-meter relay team lost top runner Jordan Powell to illness the day of the meet, but Curtis Pratt, Cole McAllister, Eric Poole and Josh Wayland stayed focused and earned All-America honors with a sixth-place finish. At outdoor nationals, one of OC’s runners fell during the preliminary race, but the team rallied to qualify for the final. Powell, Pratt, Poole and Wayland placed fifth to bring home All-America honors again.
Honorable mention: OC wins three ITA regional tennis titles; Le honored with Ashe award; Strohman and Thompson join coaching staff; Baseball team and Dobson Field taking shape; Weather wreaks havoc on multiple sports.
Tuesday, June 05, 2007
The June 5 edition of the Olathe (Kan.) News featured a lengthy article on local product Josh Wayland and his successes with OC’s 4x800-relay team, which earned All-America honors at both the indoor and outdoor NAIA national meets. Click here to read the article.