Centre sports roundup

November 02, 2003

The Centre College women's cross country team made its best showing at the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference championships since 1997 with a second-place finish Saturday at Terre Haute, Ind.

The Centre women had finished third or fourth in each of the last five years and were projected to finish fourth this season, but they were nine points better than third-place Trinity.

Freshman Eileen Schilling finished third to lead three Centre runners in the top seven places, and the team's next four runners stuck together and finished just five seconds apart.

"The women just had a great day," Centre coach Lisa Owens said. "They stepped out today and showed what they were capable of. It was fun to finally get up there in that top two."


Schilling ran the 3.1-mile LaVern Gibson Cross Country Course in 19 minutes, 1 second to finish third, followed by sophomores Lauren Arnold in fifth place and Kristie Kachler in seventh.

The men's result was more disappointing, as they entered the meet ranked second but finished fourth, 28 points behind runner-up Trinity and one point behind third-place Rhodes.

"The guys had a great season, and two weeks ago they ran their best race of the year at Wilmington," Owens said. "We should've beaten Rhodes and should've been up there with Trinity. It was just a bad race on a very important day."

Senior Colin Muehlenkamp and sophomore Mark Noll led the Centre men in eighth and ninth places, respectively.

DePauw swept the men's and women's team titles for the fourth consecutive year.

The top 14 runners in each race receive all-SCAC honors, giving Centre five such honorees.

Centre will compete in the NCAA Division III South/Southeast Regional on Nov. 15 at Atlanta. Owens said Schilling's times place her in contention for an individual qualifying berth to the national meet.

Field Hockey

At Lexington, Centre won its first game and lost its second in the Kentucky-Indiana-Tennessee Conference Tournament.

The Colonels defeated Rhodes 2-1 on penalty strokes in their first-round game Friday, then lost 1-0 to Lindenwood in a semifinal Saturday.

"We played very well, but Lindenwood was just a better team today," Centre coach Tom Hobbs said. "After our two-overtime game (Friday), we just didn't have anything left in the tank."

Hobbs said Centre's defense powered the win over Rhodes. Goalkeeper Liz Lowe had 32 saves, and Hobbs said Whitney Van Vactor, Morgan Tunnell, Anne Nesmith, Rose Ardery and Sabina Kudmani played their best game of the season on defense.

"Our defense stepped up in a way that it hasn't stepped up all year," Hobbs said.

Gina Preston, Rachel Hayden and Meagan Haag connected on penalty strokes for the Colonels after two 15-minute overtimes, and Lowe stopped three of four Rhodes shots.

Preston scored on a penalty corner with 2:51 left in the first half to give Centre a 1-0 lead, but Lee Thomas tied the game for Rhodes two minutes into the second half.

Hobbs said the defense played another strong game against Lindenwood, but the one goal the Colonels allowed proved too much. Tatiana Ramos Mejia scored that goal 15 minutes into the game.

"We came in pretty tired today ... but we competed with a very, very difficult team," Hobbs said.

Centre plays DePauw in the third-place game at noon today.


At Lexington, Centre's men and women lost to Transylvania in their first dual meet of the season.

The men lost 134 1/2-86 1/2, while the women lost 182-54. But Centre coach Dean Brownlee said he was encouraged by many of his swimmers' performances.

"I don't feel like the scores indicate how close the meet was," Brownlee said. "We had some very very good swims. We're definitely ahead of where we were at this time last year."

Centre's only outright wins came from freshman Dustin Schulten, who won the men's 1- and 3-meter diving competitions.

Sophomore Will Adams tied for first place in the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 1:53.53, J.P. Isele led a 2-3-4 finish for the Centre men in the 50 freestyle, then lost by .13 seconds in the 100 butterfly (57.94), Stephen Calender swam a season-best time (2:10.70) in the 200 individual medley and the 200 freestyle relay team lost by .7 seconds.

The women's 200 freestyle relay team of Lauren Rogers, Ann Tarter, Ellie Guy and Katie Creek swam a time of 1:47.50 that was less than a second off the school record.

Tarter was one second off her best time of last season in the 200 freestyle (2:02.73), which she lost by .2 seconds, and she lost a late lead in the 100 butterfly, losing by .4 seconds. Rogers was second by .7 seconds in the 50 freestyle and Allison Knott lost by just over a second in the 100 butterfly (1:08.64).

Women's Soccer

At Danville, Nikki Hollabaugh and Kim Lacy scored two goals each Friday to lead Centre to a 6-0 win over Oglethorpe.

Centre (5-6-1) outshot Oglethorpe 28-10 and got its offense untracked.

"We played very well," Centre coach Gina Nicoletti said. "We finally broke our spell of not scoring."

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