A Page -- May 21, 2012 -- AM Edition

(L-R): Erin Hollinger and Amanda Kline will represent CWRU in Claremont, California this weekend. (photos by Marty Santek)

Hollinger and Kline to Compete at NCAA Championship Meet in California This Weekend

INDIANAPOLIS – Participants have been announced for the 2012 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championship, and two women from Case Western Reserve University were among those named as seniors Erin Hollinger (Chardon, Ohio/Chardon) and Amanda Kline (Lancaster, Ohio/Lancaster) will compete on May 24-25 at Claremont McKenna-Harvey Mudd-Scripps Colleges in Claremont, California.

Hollinger, a three-time All-American in the high jump, will compete in the two-day heptathlon beginning on Thursday at 2:30 p.m. (PDT) as well as the high jump on Friday at 2:15 p.m. (PDT). Kline has qualified for the discus throw which will be held on Thursday at 2:15 p.m. (PDT).

Overall, the Spartan track & field program will send five competitors to California with seniors Matthew Jurcak and Ty Shaffer along with sophomore Harry Weintraub qualifying on the men's side.

Hollinger enters the seven-event heptathlon with the ninth-highest point total (4,489) in the field after winning the event at last week's Ron Althoff Invitational in Delaware, Ohio. The 2012 spring season is the first for Hollinger as a heptathlon competitor, and her strongest events are the high jump and 100-meter hurdles.

As a high jumper, the fourth-year Spartan is a three-time All-American with a career-best third-place finish at the 2012 NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championship in Iowa in early March. Her previous two All-American performances came outdoors in 2009 (fifth) and 2011 (fourth). Of the 22 jumpers in this year's field, Hollinger ranks eighth with a qualifying mark of five feet, seven inches. Her career-best in the high jump came in qualifying for last season's championship with a jump of 5'8" – giving her the second-best mark heading into the national meet.

This weekend's event will be the final collegiate competition for Hollinger, who has turned in one of the most storied athletic careers in CWRU history as a two-sport standout. Also a four-time All-University Athletic Association forward for the women's basketball program, Hollinger is a four-time Capital One Academic All-American® with three selections for hoops and one for track & field. She is a two-time Glenn and Peggy Nicholls Female Athlete of the Year award winner as well as a 2012 NCAA Woman of the Year nominee. Overall in track & field, Hollinger has won six UAA high jump titles (three indoor/three outdoor).

"This meet will be a bit different than my previous four trips to nationals," said Hollinger. "I now have to focus on several events as opposed to just the high jump, but either way, the key for me is to remain relaxed. I'm fortunate to be sharing this experience with a great group of teammates, and we are all hoping to go out with our best performances."

Kline makes her national debut after turning in an outstanding spring campaign that included UAA Women's Field Athlete of the Year honors. She swept her three throwing events (hammer, shot put, discus) at the conference championship in April and has recorded personal-bests in each event this spring.

"This has been a goal of mine since I've been a freshman," said Kline. "The last three seasons, I've been knocking on the door, so I'm excited to qualify as a senior – especially in my favorite event. I'm proud of what I have accomplished and what the team has accomplished over the last four years. Anything I do this weekend will be icing on the cake. I'm equally excited for my teammates that will be competing, and I look forward to experiencing this weekend alongside them."

In the discus, Kline's best mark of 143'7" ranks 16th in the 22-thrower field competing at Fritz B. Burns Stadium this Thursday.

"The fifth through 22nd spots in the field are pretty bunched," noted Kline. "I've been throwing consistently around my PR (personal-record), and I know anything can happen."

During the last five NCAA DIII Outdoor Championships, the Spartan women's track & field program has produced four All-Americans and one national champion

Mount Union volleyball receives commitments from seven volleyball seniors

ALLIANCE, Ohio –The defending Ohio Athletic Conference Tournament champion Mount Union volleyball team has received commitments from seven high school seniors for the 2012 season.

Mentor senior Kara Berger, West Holmes senior Hannah Boals, Oregon Clay senior Kristen Kayser, Copley senior Nikki Meyer, Mineral Ridge senior Abby Riffee, Vandalia-Butler senior Alyssa Ryerse, and North Royalton senior Mary Tout have committed to play for the Purple Raiders.

Berger, a 5-11 middle blocker, was an all-district second team, and All-Northeast Ohio Conference first team selection for coach Erin Gerard. She averaged 2.72 kills and 1.85 blocks per game this past season as the Cardinals won their second district championship in the past four years. She plans to study Special Education and is the daughter of Kevin and Cammie Berger.

Boals, a 5-3 defensive specialist, was the Ohio Cardinal Conference Defensive Player of the Year and a Daily Record first team selection for coach Jim Park. She plans to study Pre-Medicine and is the daughter of Timothy and Sheri Boals.

Kayser, a 5-7 setter, was an all-district second team and All-Three Rivers Athletic Conference second team selection for coach Tracy Donnelly. She is the daughter of Kendra Ondrus.

Meyer, a 6-1 right side hitter, was an All-Suburban League second team selection and Scholar-Athlete Award recipient for coach Lisa Sharnsky. She averaged 2.72 kills and 1.85 blocks per game this past season as the Cardinals won their second district championship in the past four years. She plans to study Biology and is the daughter of Shamus McAdams and Julie Meyer.

Riffee, a 5-1 defensive specialist, was an All-Ohio third team, All-Inter Tri-County League first team selection and Scholar-Athlete Award recipient for coach Jennifer Staunton. She was named American Volleyball Coaches Association Player of the Week for Ohio on November 7th. She plans to study Criminal Justice and Psychology and is the daughter of Scott and Mary Riffee.

Ryerse, a 5-11 middle hitter, was an all-district second team and All-Greater Western Ohio Conference first team selection for coach Stacie Whetstone. She averaged 2.25 kills and 0.68 blocks per game this past season. She is the daughter of David and Deborah Ryerse.

Tout, a 5-10 outside hitter, was an all-district second team and All-Northeast Ohio Conference first team selection for coach Kristin Hubbell. She plans to study Exercise Science and is the daughter of Cecil and Susan Tout.

Mount Union, an NCAA Division III institution, is in Alliance, Ohio and a member of the Ohio Athletic Conference. The Purple Raiders went 25-8 this past season and captured the school’s first OAC Tournament championship on their way advancing to the second round of the NCAA Tournament for sixth-year head coach Leigh Ann Swartz. Senior Julie Radigan became the fourth Raider to earn American Volleyball Coaches Association All-America honors and the first to earn Capital One Division III Academic All-America honors this past season.

Mount Union's Kevin Shadrach From Parma Named Academic All-District Men's At-Large

DELAWARE, Ohio -- Mount Union senior wrestler Kevin Shadrach (Parma/Parma) was named to the 2012 Capital One Academic All‐District Men's At‐Large Team as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America.

Shadrach the Ohio Athletic Conference title at 149 pounds and competed at the NCAA Championships this past season, he also is a Health and Physical Education major with a 3.85 grade point average. 
Kevin Shadrach 

His 36 wins this season is the fourth highest single-season total in school history and his 81 all-time wins at Mount Union is good for 11th on the school's all-time list.

He was a two-time All-OAC and Academic All-OAC selection that was also a two-time National Wrestling Coaches Associaiton Scholar All-American.

The Capital One Academic All-District Teams recognize the nation's top student-athletes for their combined performances athletically and in the classroom. In order to be eligible for selection, a student-athlete must be a starter or key reserve and maintain at least a 3.30 grade point average. The At-Large team is comprised of student-athletes who participate in Bowling, Crew, Fencing, Field Hockey, Golf, Gymnastics, Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, Rifle, Skiing, Swimming & Diving, Tennis, Men's Volleyball, Water Polo, and Wrestling.

Snode advances to the Capital One Academic All-America Team ballot, which will be released later this month.

Sports Information Directors within a district vote for the Academic All-District teams with members of the CoSIDA Academic All-American committee voting on the national ballot. District VII includes every NCAA Division III institution in Ohio, Illinois, and Indiana.

Jurcak, Shaffer and Weintraub to Compete at NCAA Championship in California

INDIANAPOLIS -- Three student-athletes from the Case Western Reserve University men's track & field team have been announced as part of the field for the 2012 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championship. Seniors Matthew Jurcak(Olmsted Falls, Ohio/Olmsted Falls) and Ty Shaffer (Myersville, Md./Middletown Senior) along with sophomore Harry Weintraub(Croton-on-Hudson, N.Y./Hendrick Hudson) will compete on May 24-26 at Claremont McKenna-Harvey Mudd-Scripps Colleges in Claremont, California.

(L-R): Matt Jurcak, Harry Weintraub and Ty Shaffer will represent CWRU in Claremont, California this weekend. (photos by Marty Santek)

Jurcak, a 2012 Indoor All-American in the 60-meter hurdles, will compete in the 110m hurdle prelims on Friday at 5:25 p.m. (PDT). Shaffer, a national qualifier last season, runs in the 400m hurdle prelims on Thursday at 5:25 p.m. (PDT). Weintraub, a first-time qualifier, competes in the hammer throw on Friday at 2:05 p.m. (PDT).

Jurcak finished fifth in the nation in the 60m hurdles at the 2012 NCAA Indoor Championship in early March in Iowa. Now a three-time national qualifier (twice outdoors/once indoors), Jurcak enters this weekend's race as the 11th-ranked competitor with a time of 14.53 seconds in the 20-person field. His career-best mark came in mid-April when he won the All-Ohio Championship.

"Since it's my third national meet, I'm more familiar with how things work, and I have a lot more confidence," said Jurcak. "I've been trying to work through a hamstring injury during the last few weeks, so I'm just looking to get over the first two hurdles – the rest should take care of itself."

Shaffer makes his second-consecutive outdoor national appearance and ranks 12th in the 20-sprinter 400m hurdle field. His career-best mark of 53 seconds came at last week's Ron Althoff Invitational in Delaware, Ohio when he won the event and set a school record in the process.

"I've battled hamstring injuries my whole career, but I finally feel like I am in my best shape," said Shaffer. "I'm hoping for an All-American finish, so I'm looking to run a clean race and post a faster time than I ever have."

Weintraub was the last qualifier in the 20-person hammer field. His qualifying mark of 184 feet, two inches came when he won the University Athletic Association Championship by breaking a 24-year old meet record in late April.

Overall, the Spartan track & field program will send five competitors to California with seniors Erin Hollinger and Amanda Kline qualifying on the women's side.

"It will be great to be able to experience this weekend with such a great group of teammates," said Shaffer. "It's nice enough to go, but to be able to go with close friends makes the experience that much better. "Matt (Jurcak), Erin (Hollinger), Amanda (Kline) and myself have been together since freshman year, so it will be a great way to go out."

The Spartan men's track & field program has produced an All-American in two of the last three NCAA Outdoor Championship meets with a national champion in 2010.

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