Men’s track and field participates in CMU Open
The Webster University men’s track and field team prepared for its official outdoor season by competing in the CMU Open hosted by Central Methodist University in Fayette, Mo., on Saturday, March 16. The Gorloks competed against schools such as Central Methodist and Lindenwood University at the CMU Open.
The Webster participants ran unattached as the men’s and women’s first official meet takes place Friday, March 29 and Saturday, March 30 at Washington University (Mo.).
Senior Aaron Oberneufemann participated in three events for Webster. Oberneufemann placed sixth out of 11 runners in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:04.98. He also placed fourth out of four participants in the high jump with a height of 1.73 meters. Oberneufemann finished the day earning seventh place out of 13 participants in the long jump with a distance of 6.05 meters.
Senior David Koppelmann also participated in the long jump and placed 11th with a distance of 5.09 meters. Senior Blake Harris placed 12th in the long jump at 4.28 meters. Harris also placed seventh out of seven participants in the javelin throw with a toss of 33.87 meters.
Koppelmann took on the 400-meter hurdles and placed fourth among five runners with a time of 1:10.87. Sophomore Greg Fletcher ran in the 1,500-meter run — finishing 15th out of 17 runners — and had a time of 4:43.04.
The next event for the men’s and women’s track and field teams is the Wildcat Open on Saturday, March 23, hosted by Culver-Stockton College in Canton, Mo.
Golf loses match play to last year’s D-III runner-up
The Webster University golf team dropped its match play to Transylvania University (Ky.) — the 2012 NCAA Division-III national championship runner-up — in Miramar, Fla., on Tuesday, March 12. Transylvania is ranked 16th in the nation by the Golf Coaches Association of America.
Each golfer for Webster went to Florida and competed one-on-one against a Transylvania golfer in a nine-hole match. Webster senior Kyler Scott won his match play against Clay Hinton.
Senior Steven Kinsman and junior Andrew Noble were tied with their opponents after the nine holes, and senior Dan Klipsch, juniors J.T. Beckmann and Andrew Dowd and freshman Brodie Dakin lost their matches.
The Gorloks will host the Gorlok Spring Invitational on Saturday, March 23 and Sunday, March 24 at Forest Park Golf Course (on Saturday) and Sunset Country Club (on Sunday).
Lindenwood-Belleville hires Webster Athletics HOFer
Jeff Reis — a 2001 Webster University alumnus — was appointed to the position of head women’s basketball coach at Lindenwood University-Belleville (Ill.) on March 8, according to a press release from Lindenwood-Belleville.
Reis was inducted into the Webster University Athletics Hall of Fame in 2010. Reis played soccer and basketball for the Gorloks.
Reis was named the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Player of the Year for basketball in 2000 and 2001. He holds the Webster single-game scoring record with 53 points and single-season average with 27.9 points per game.
Reis was a goalie for the men’s soccer team and has the Webster record for lowest goals against average in a single season.
Reis was also the women’s soccer and women’s basketball coach at Lutheran South High School (Mo.) from 2005 to 2007. In 2007, Reis was named to the SLIAC HOF.
Reis will be taking over for Annie Ewing. Ewing, who will be the new assistant director of athletics for Lindenwood-Belleville, led the Lynx to their record-setting 20-13 season in 2012-13. Lindenwood-Belleville recently transitioned to the National Association for Intercollegiate Athletics.
Westminster’s historic gym receives recognition from ESPN.com
ESPN.com published an article in early March “ranking the most significant noncompetition moments at North American sports venues,” and St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference member Westminster College (Mo.) received a spot on the list.
On March 5, 1946, Winston Churchill gave his famous “Iron Curtain” speech at Westminster Gym in Fulton. The moment ranked No. 43 on ESPN.com’s list.
Other historic moments on the list included:
—Jackie Robinson breaking the Major League Baseball color barrier in 1947 at Ebbets Field (No. 3 on the list).
—Lou Gehrig declaring himself the luckiest man on the face of the earth in 1939 at Yankee Stadium (No. 4).
—Janet Jackson’s “wardrobe malfunction” during halftime of the 2004 Super Bowl at Reliant Stadium (No. 50).
The Superdome in New Orleans appeared on the top-50 list twice. The power outage that caused a delay during the 2013 Super Bowl was No. 40 on the list. And the Superdome providing shelter from Hurricane Katrina to an estimated 20,000 New Orleans residents in 2005 ranked No. 1 on the list.
— Josh Sellmeyer contributed to this report