July 13, 1998
Volume 50, No. 35
Emory athletic teams finish strong in national rankings
Seven and 14. Those two numbers highlight the success of Emory's athletic program the past school year.
Seven Emory student-athletes-a school record-were named GTE Academic All-Americans in recognition of excellence in academics and athletics. Among them was Vista Beasley of Fitzgerald, Ga., who became the first Eagle ever to make the GTE Academic All-America team in two different sports.
Emory finished 14th in the nation for best all-around athletics program among the approximately 350 schools in NCAA Division III, according to the final standings for the Sears Directors' Cup. This is the third consecutive year Emory has placed in the Top 15 nationally. The University was seventh in 1996 and fourth last year.
The Directors' Cup standings are derived from a mathematical formula based on where schools finish in the respective NCAA national championships. Of Emory's 17 teams, 13 were represented at the national championships. Four finished in the Top 10, led by the men's tennis team, which finished fourth. Other Top 10 teams were women's cross country, seventh place; women's tennis, quarterfinalist; and golf, 10th place.
Beasley made the fall/winter at-large first team in cross country and the spring at-large first team in track and field. She graduated with a 3.52 cumulative grade point average as a double major in biology and human and natural ecology. She earned athletic All-America honors by finishing third at the NCAA national cross country championships and fourth in the 5,000-meter run at the NCAA national outdoor track and field championships.