Emory Report

 December 8, 1997

 Volume 50, No. 15

Fall sports teams all advance
to Division III championships

For the second consecutive year, all five of Emory's fall sports were represented at their respective NCAA Division III national championships. The strong showing across the board boosts the Eagles' chances of retaining their standing in the Top 10 for the Sears Directors' Cup, presented to the school with the best all-around athletics program.

The best showing belonged to the women's cross country team which finished seventh, easily bettering their previous 13th place best. The Eagles were paced by senior Vista Beasley, who was third among 184 runners-the best finish ever by an Emory runner-to become the second All-American in school history. Beasley jumped 114 places in the standings from her finish at last year's NCAA national championships. Behind her were the other two Emory seniors, Kim Lupo in 39th place, up from 151st in 1996, and Franziska Janes in 81st, up from 119th.

The men's cross country team was represented by sophomore Jeff Calabrese who qualified individually for the second consecutive year. This time he finished 118th, up from 124th last year.

From wire to wire, the Emory volleyball team was nationally ranked in the Top 15 all season, a first in school history. The Eagles tied the school record with 33 wins (against nine losses) and advanced to the round of 16 in the NCAA national tournament for the second consecutive year. In another first, three Eagles-senior Alicia Moore and sophomores Jennifer Naeger and Amy Shapiro-were voted to the 12-player all-region team.

Both Emory soccer teams were selected for the NCAA tournament despite graduating more than half of their starters from the previous season. Ironically, both were eliminated in their first tournament match by Mary Washington (Va.). The men's team finished 12-6-0, while the women ended at 11-8-1. Junior Ahmed Mohyeldin led the men in scoring with 36 points, the 10th highest season total in school history. Sophomore Anna Hemphill and freshman Caroline Hoit were the top two women's scorers with 28 and 24 points, respectively.

In this year's Sears Directors' Cup fall standings, Emory was 18th in the nation among approximately 350 NCAA Division III schools. The Eagles were fourth last year and seventh the previous year.

-John Arenberg

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