Sports Shorts (April 10, 2013)


Samantha Powers earns fellowship with ASPB

Junior pitcher Samantha Powers of the Webster University softball team will be working with and researching for the American Society of Plant Biologists (ASPB) this summer. Fourteen other students around the country were given the Student Undergraduate Research Fellowship. According to Webster Today, Powers enrolled in the plant physiology course at Webster. Her professor, Marta Paciorek, urged Powers to apply for the fellowship.

Samantha Powers

Paciorek and Lucia Strader will mentor Powers in the fellowship. Strader runs the plant biology lab at Washington University in Clayton. Webster Today reported that Katie Engen — education coordinator for ASPB — said Powers can present her research findings during the fellowship at the ASPB summer conference in Portland, Ore., in 2014.

Powers has pitched 18.2 innings for the Gorloks through April 3 and owns a 4.88 ERA in six games (four starts).

Men’s tennis sweeps Greenville in preparation for Principia

The Webster University men’s tennis team swept the Greenville College (Ill.) Panthers 9-0 on Thursday, April 4 in Greenville, Ill., with one of its biggest matches of the year on deck.

Against Greenville, senior Francisco Cortez won at No. 1 singles 6-2, 6-1. Senior Diego Alarcon bested his opponent at No. 2 singles 6-2, 2-6, 6-0. At No. 3, senior Agustin Villalba was victorious 6-4, 6-4. Freshman Travis Blair won 6-2, 6-1 at the No. 4 spot. Senior Ricky Eaves went to a tiebreaker set in his match but came out on top 7-5, 3-6, 6-3 at No. 5. Senior Josh Sellmeyer rounded out the singles with his 6-0, 6-2 performance at No. 6.

In the doubles matches, the duo of Cortez and Villalba won 8-4 at No. 1. Blair and Eaves won at No. 2, 8-3. Sellmeyer and Alarcon sealed the sweep with an 8-1 win at No. 3 doubles. The win put Webster’s overall record at 14-2 and kept its St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference mark perfect at 3-0.

Up next for the Gorloks is another bout against a Panthers team, this time in Elsah, Ill., against Principia College (Ill.) on Thursday, April 11 at 4:45 p.m. Principia will come into the match with a 2-0 SLIAC mark and a 6-4 overall record. Webster is first in the conference, and Principia is right behind the Gorloks holding on to second place. Principia upset Westminster College (Mo.) earlier this season 5-4 on April 4 to jump ahead in the standings.

Howard, Stackhouse break women’s track records

Sophomore Jenny Howard of the Webster University women’s track and field team finished second out of 28 runners in the 100-meter dash, but her time of 12.47 seconds broke the program record in the event. Howard was one of only four Webster women to compete in the Washington University Select Meet on Saturday, April 6. The event was hosted by St. Louis University (SLU).

Howard’s time in the 100 is also the 17th-fastest time in the nation in that event. Along with the 100, Howard ran the 200-meter dash and finished seventh out of 30 runners with a time of 26.05. Junior Eroica Stackhouse competed in two events as well. Stackhouse took down the school record in the 3,000-meter run with her time of 11 minutes, 17.46 seconds. Her mark placed her eighth out of 27 runners in the 3,000. Stackhouse competed in the 1,500-meter run as well and placed 11th out of 17 runners. Freshman Lauren Hoover did not finish the 1,500.

Freshman Mia Williams ran with Howard in the 100, and she placed 22nd with her time of 13.79. The women’s squad placed eighth out of nine women’s teams that participated in the meet. Both the women’s and men’s track and field teams will tackle the Billiken Invite on April 12-13 at SLU.

Oberneufemann, Zurfluh-Cunningham set top times for men’s track

Six Webster University men’s track and field team members had finishes of ninth place or higher in their events in the Washington University Select Meet on Saturday, April 6 at St. Louis University (SLU). The Gorloks were led by senior Aaron Oberneufemann.

Oberneufemann competed in four events. He placed second out of eight jumpers in the high jump with a height of 1.75 meters. Oberneufemann ran in the 400-meter dash, and his mark of 51.28 seconds earned him fifth out of 22 runners in the event. Oberneufemann competed in his second field event — the triple jump — and finished third out of eight with his distance of 12.18. He also ran in the 4×400 relay with his teammates sophomore Greg Fletcher, senior David Koppelmann and freshman George Foehrer. The quartet finished in 3 minutes, 42.43 seconds to place 13th out of 17 groups.

Sophomore Zachary Zurfluh-Cunningham created two new Webster records in the 100-meter and 200-meter dashes. In the 100, Zurfluh-Cunningham finished in 11.32 to place eighth out of 19 runners. In the 200, Zurfluh-Cunningham set a new mark of 22.20 to earn fourth place out of 26 runners.

Koppelmann finished eighth out of nine competitors in the 400-meter hurdles with his time of 1:06.75. Fletcher and fellow Gorlok sophomore Jason Hickson ran the 3,000-meter run. Fletcher finished seventh among 13 runners with his time of 9:50.95. Hickson placed behind Fletcher with a ninth-place finish in 10:12.66.

The men’s squad will head to SLU along with the women’s team to compete in the Billiken Invite on April 12-13.

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