Franklin College middle distance track and field runner Anna Murdock, an Indian Creek High School graduate, capped off her outstanding career with an unprecedented national championship in the NCAA Division III women’s 800-meter event.
A senior, coached by Paul Sargent, Murdock won going away in a time of 2:08.14 at Saint Lawrence University in Canton, New York.
Readers can watch the entire race on the Internet.
Go to ncaa.com/video/championship. Scroll down to the number 4 on the right. Click on the number 4. Then click on the arrow to the right of the 4 and arrive at 5. In the upper right corner will be “2015 Championship Full Replay.” Click on that, and at the 2:28.20 mark will be the women’s 800-meter final. A short time later the 800 awards ceremony will be shown.
An interview with the champion is available at the Franklin College sports site franklingrizzlies.com/sports/wtrack/index. Click on video to see the post-race interview.
Grace softball player Clarissa Knight was named to the NAIA Great Lakes Region Second Team. She is the only Grace player to be honored.
Indianapolis’ Farin Hickam achieved NCAA Division II All-American honors by finishing in sixth place in the hammer throw (181-3½) at the NCAA Division II National Championships.
Southern Indiana softball player Brooke Harmening was named to the all-NCAA Division II Midwest Region Second Team.
The Liberty baseball team (33-23) was eliminated from the Big South Conference Tournament with losses to High Point 8-3 and Longwood 4-3. Ashton Perritt had one home run, two singles, two runs scored and one RBI in eight at-bats during the two games and finished the season with a .289 batting average (50 for 173). The senior pitched in relief in the second game and gave up one hit and one walk and struck out one in two-thirds of an inning and had a 1-4 record with a 5.17 ERA.
Playing in the NCAA Division II National Tournament, the Indianapolis softball team defeated North Georgia 1-0 in the first round but was eliminated with losses to Shorter, 5-0, and California of Pennsylvania, 2-1. Natalie Lalich was hitless in three at-bats in each game and finished the season with a .348 batting average (64 for 184).
Alex Lovelace and Davis Carter were named to the 16-player NAIA Great Lakes Region First Team, the only Taylor players to receive regional honors. The NAIA has six regions nationally.
The Iowa Western baseball team (54-6), competing in the double-elimination National Junior College Division I World Series, defeated South Carolina-Sumter 8-0, lost 10-0 to Northwest Florida State, and defeated Yavapai 4-1. Alex Krupa had two hits and two stolen bases in 11 at-bats in the three games and is hitting .434 (92 for 112).
The Georgia softball team (44-17) lost twice to Michigan, 10-3 and 7-6, in the NCAA Division I Super-Regional. Brittany Gray relieved in each game and gave up seven hits, three walks, and two earned runs and struck out one in seven innings. She finished her freshman season with a 15-6 record and a 2.20 ERA.