Winter Athletics Wrap-Up

Winter Athletics Wrap-Up

Terry Anders (Jr, Cornell) picked up right where he left off last year, defending his 400-meter indoor track and field championship, this time picking up the win in March at Smith College in Northampton, Mass., to lead the winter sports season as the Blue Devils finished sixth at the national meet - their highest placing ever.

Along the way, Anders captured the Wisconsin State University Conference (WSUC) indoor track athlete of the meet award, by taking firsts in conference record times in the 55- (6.44), 200- (22.02) and 400-meter (48.36) dashes and as a member of the 4 X 400-meter relay team (3:18.07). Anders was joined in the relay by John Boldt (So, Hartland), Jesse Witcraft (Jr, New Lisbon) and Mike Hallingstad (Jr, Sparta).

Jason Lehman (So, Bruce) took first in the shot put (51-3.5). Aaron Fruit (Jr, Hartland) placed second at conference in the pole vault with a school record leap of 16-0, then placed fifth at national with a school record 16-0.5. Jeff Jenson (Jr, Menomonie) set a school record at the conference meet in winning the 1000-meter run (2:32.59).

On the courts, the Blue Devil women's basketball team qualified to the NCAA Division III playoffs after a year out of the tournament. Stout was downed in the first round, but the Devils finished with a 17-9 overall record and 9-7 in the WWIAC, good for a tie for third.

Amy Jamieson (Jr, Dayton, Minn.) was named first team all-conference and first team all-defense, as well as named to the Columbus Multi-Media Great Lakes All-Region first team. Jamieson led the young - Stout had no seniors - run and gun Blue Devils with 16.5 points per game.

On the men's side, the Blue Devils slipped to a 10-15 overall record, 4-12 in the conference, but landed Justin Peters (Jr, Milwaukee) on the all-conference team and Brad Markwell (Jr, Bloomington, Minn.) on the honorable mention squad.

Peters scored 18.1 points per game - second in the conference - and Markwell finished with 15.3 points.

The Blue Devils made life exciting in the middle of the season, winning back-to-back games at the buzzer at Johnson Fieldhouse. The Blue Devils defeated UW-Eau Claire, 73-71, on a Thaddeaus Hilliard (Sr, Milwaukee) put back as the clock sounded. Hilliard repeated the feat three days later as Stout downed UW-La Crosse, 70-69.

Wrestler Jeremy Krings (Jr, Auburndale) returned to the NCAA Division III national championship, moving up to a fifth place finish at 142-pounds. Krings finished the season at 37-5 overall.

The Blue Devils went 7-10, the most dual wins in Bob Thomas' Stout coaching career.

Former Stout gymnast Jodi Rabbitt took over the reins in the gymnastics gym, as the very young Blue Devils finished with a 1-5 record. Shannon Hirsch (Fr, St. Paul, Minn.) showed promise and Naomi Northrup (So, New Prague, Minn.) was steady again this year.

Stout will return hockey to varsity status for the 1996-97 season and next season will be the last for the varsity wrestling.

Outlook Spring '96