Volume 52, No. 32
Spring teams preparing for postseason play
Emory concluded the regular season with a 30-14 record, its fourth consecutive year with 30 or more wins. The Eagles are ranked No. 19 in the nation by the American Baseball Coaches Association and hope to receive a bid on May 14 to the NCAA Division III national tournament. Senior Ted Karniewicz is 26th in the nation with a .471 batting average. He has set school records for career hits, doubles, home runs, RBIs and total bases. Junior pitcher Ryan Donegan is ninth nationally in wins.
Emory advanced to the NCAA Division III national tournament for the fifth consecutive year. The Eagles, ranked eighth nationally, have finished in the Top 10 the last three trips to nationals. Emory received the good news after winning its sixth consecutive University Athletic Association (UAA) championship. Senior Mike DiLonardo, junior Jason Steinberg and sophomore Brandon Davis all are in the top 35 nationally in Division III scoring.
In only its second season of varsity competition, Emory finished with a winning record, reaching the 20-win plateau and tripling its victory total from 1999 with a 21-14 mark. Freshman Lauren Dix is 42nd in the nation with a .489 batting average while freshman Tamara Boggs ended up at .475. Averaging more than seven runs a game, the Eagles are 18th among Division III teams in scoring.
Emory extended its string of UAA championships to 11 by knocking off Washington University (Mo.) in the finals April 30. Eleven also marks the number of consecutive years Emory has won both the men's and women's conference titles, the longest active streak in the nation in any sport for any NCAA division. Head Coach John Browning and Assistant Coach Ray Still were recognized as the UAA Coaching Staff of the Year. With a 16-4 record and a No. 5 national ranking, the Eagles are awaiting a bid to the NCAA national tournament, to be announced May 8.
For the 13th time in as many tries, Emory grabbed the UAA championship, beating Washington University in the finals. The 13-year streak is the longest in conference history in any sport and earned UAA Coaching Staff of the Year honors for Head Coach Amy Smith. In preparation for a possible NCAA bid, Emory's regular-season schedule featured 11 matches against Top 20 teams. The Eagles have been to the NCAA national tournament 14 consecutive years, the longest active streak in Division III.
Outdoor Track & Field (Women)
Emory finished second at the conference championships, the ninth time in 11 years that the Eagles have placed in the top two. Four Emory women won UAA crowns in individual events: sophomore Sarah Byrd (1,500m run), sophomore Kirin Fried-Boxt (hammer), junior Kendra Robins (javelin) and senior Alex Gillies (discus). Robins and Gillies successfully defended their 1999 UAA titles. Byrd and Robins provisionally qualified for the May 2427 NCAA national championships.
Outdoor Track & Field (Men)
In its second-best showing in school history, Emory placed second at the UAA championships. For the first time, four different Eagles won individual titles: sophomore Brian Armstrong (100m dash), freshman Richard Hite (400m dash), senior John Dragseth (discus) and junior Benjamin Kim (hammer). Dragseth and Kim are the first Emory athletes ever to win their respective events at the UAA outdoor championships.
Current varsity sports results are available online at www.emory.edu/SPORTS.
John Arenberg is Emory sports information director.