Mona wins individual championship
Friday the 13th the track team traveled to Wichita to the KT Woodman Classic. Senior distance runner Katie Mona won the 1,500 meter run with her personal best time of 4:31.15, defeating all other runners, including Division I.
Freshman Sara Dunkin provisionally qualified in the javelin for the fourth time in four meets with a throw of 40.83 meters, and freshman distance runner Collin Erbert placed 11th in the 3,000 meter steeplechase.
The meet resumed on Saturday as sophomore jumper/sprinter Donald Wilcox jumped a wind aided 7.44 meters, winning the men’s long jump and provisionally qualifying for nationals. Sophomore hurdles/sprinter Andre Etheridge took third in both hurdle races going 14.15 in the 110 meter hurdles.
ESU will hit the road for Lawrence for the Kansas Relays on April 19-21.
Softball moves to #14
The Lady Hornets defeated the Lindenwood Lions in both games 6-0, 2-0, on Saturday. Emporia took their time to get into the swing of things. Junior pitcher Karley Schmelzer sat down the Lion lineup in the top of the first.
Sophomore infielder/catcher Tricia Vogel had an RBI single in the fifth inning, helping the score to 5-0, and freshman outfielder Stephanie Goodwin went one for two with two runs, a double and an RBI. The second game took longer for the offense to start as the first three innings went scoreless.
Senior Day on Sunday was a memorable one. The Hornets took advantage at the plate and scored off of wild pitching from Lincoln University. ESU took both games in six innings, 10-2, and 9-1.
ESU became the first team in MIAA history to go undefeated in a complete round robin conference season. A league record was also set with 20 MIAA wins as they will be the #1 seed at the MIAA Tournament on April 26-28 in Overland Park at the Blue Valley Recreation Complex.
Jara goes undefeated
Both the men’s and women’s tennis teams were defeated by the nationally-ranked Northwest Missouri Bearcats on Saturday. The women came up short 6-3, while the men lost 8-1. Men’s doubles team freshman Andrew Davids and junior Mat Edwards impressively won their match, and #1 women’s doubles sophomore Nicole Jara and freshman Taylor Smith won their match as well.
ESU took on the Ichabods of Washburn University on Monday, as both teams were defeated again. The women lost 8-1, and the men were beaten 9-0. Jara ended the regular season in dual competition at 18-0, being the first Hornet to go undefeated in the regular season since ESU joined the NCAA.
Last night the women defeated Newman, 5-4, while the men fell 6-3.
Baseball goes 1-3 on weekend
Emporia State baseball took on Missouri Southern last Friday, but fell 8-1. The Hornets got down early, scoring their only point in the top of the fourth inning, which tied the game 1-1. Junior infielder Ashton McCoy had two of the Hornets’ five hits, as he scored the lone run as well. The game was put on hold due to inclement weather.
On Saturday ESU won the resumed game. Freshman pitcher Shawn Talkington earned his second win on the season, as he and senior pitcher Brandon Faulkner combined for three strikeouts and allowed only 10 hits. The Hornets went to victory 9-1.
Emporia fell both games 3-2, and 4-2, during the double-header on Saturday.
ESU will travel to Jefferson City, Mo. to take on Lincoln for a four game series on April 20-22.