October 9, 2000
Three sports in Top 25
John Arenberg is Emory sports information director
Cross Country (Men)
Emory was ranked No. 17 in the nation in NCAA Division III, its highest ranking ever. The Eagles returned five of their top seven runners from a year ago, when they won the NCAA regional championship. In the first two races this season, Emory defeated SEC schools Georgia, Mississippi and Vanderbilt.
Cross Country (Women)
Emory is looking for its 10th consecutive regional title this year. In a head-to-head race against regional rival Rhodes College (Tenn.), the Eagles won by a bigger margin than at last year's NCAA regional meet. Emory is ranked No. 23 nationally.
A year ago, Emory extended its unbeaten streak to 29 games, the second-longest in Div. III history. This year the Eagles began a new streak, winning eight in a row after a season-opening overtime loss to No. 11 Trinity University (Texas). Emory has moved up to No. 12 in the national poll.
With the graduation of seven players, six of them starters, this season was classified as a "rebuilding" year. But a group of five freshmen may have other ideas. Freshmen Robert Winfield and Matthew Levine are the team's top two scorers, with a combined 17 points after the first seven games.
Freshman Mary Ellen Gordon needed just one weekend to accomplish what few players do in their careersattain All-America status. Gordon did so after winning the singles title at the Intercollegiate Tennis Association regional championships, and she will advance to the ITA nationals, Oct. 18-21. Gordon also reached the regional doubles final with teammate Anusha Natarajan.
At No. 3, Emory has attained its highest national ranking ever, thanks to school-best 20-1 start. For the first time, Emory is ranked No. 1 in the South region. The Eagles won three of their first four tournaments and defeated three Top 10 teamsand they’ve done it despite a 15-player squad that has only two players with more than a year of experience.
In other news, Emory was listed in the Top 25 Academic Team Honor Roll for the 1999-2000 season by the Women's Basketball Coaches Association.
Emory had the fourth highest overall grade-point average in the nation among Div. III schools with a cumulative team GPA of 3.54. Last semester, seven of the 15 Eagles made the Emory Dean's List, which requires a minimum 3.7 GPA.
"I salute the young women on our team who have demonstrated that they are motivated to do well in all facets of their lives," Coach Myra Sims said. "We are blessed with many student-athletes who can compete at a high level on the basketball court and in the classroom"
The men's and women's outdoor track teams have earned all-academic recognition from the United States Track Coaches Association. The women's squad had a cumulative GPA of 3.39, and the men finished with a team GPA of 3.11.
In addition to team honors, Sarah Byrd and Kendra Robins were cited as All-Academic Individuals. To qualify, individuals must earn a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.25, completing at least two semesters or three quarters, and have participated in their respective NCAA outdoor championships.
Robins earned All-America honors with a fourth-place finish in the javelin at the national championships last spring, breaking her own school record. The rising senior had a 3.90 cumulative GPA with a double major in economics and computer science/mathematics.
Byrd, a rising junior, finished 17th in the 1,500-meter run at nationals. An English major, she boasts a 3.41 GPA. Emory varsity sports season recaps are available online at www.emory.edu/SPORTS.