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Ashley Graybill

Ashley Graybill ’09

June 2009

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Second national title for half-miler caps strong spring athletics season

Ashley Graybill ’09 won her second national championship of the 2009 track and field season with a rousing win at the NCAA Division III Outdoor Championships at Marietta College’s Don Drumm Stadium.

Graybill, who won the indoor 800-meter championship in March, won a strongly contested 800-meter run at the outdoor meet in Ohio May 23. Her school-record time of 2 minutes 9.18 seconds clipped The College of New Jersey’s Jianna Spadacinni at the finish line, with Spadacinni finishing in 2:09.37.

Jenny Scherer ’10, St. Norbert’s second athlete to qualify for nationals this year, entered the 5,000-meter run as the 11th seed out of 18 entrants and finished fourth for her second All-America honor of the outdoor championships. Scherer also placed fourth in the 10,000-meter run on Thursday.

St. Norbert recorded a top-10 team finish, placing in a tie for tenth with 20 points. The Green Knights, who finished eighth at the NCAA indoor meet in March, recorded their two highest team finishes in school history this season.

Graybill does it again
St. Norbert track and field coach Don Augustine said Graybill was in fifth place with about 200 meters to go before an impressive finishing kick gave the impetus to her win.

“She was about three wide on the outside with about 100 meters to go and she took off,” Augustine said. “She passed the pack with about 80 meters to go and held on from there.”

Graybill was the final qualifier into the eight-person finals after a time of 2:12.84 during Friday’s trials, but went on to become the first St. Norbert College track and field athlete to win national championships during both indoor and outdoor seasons.

This second national title for Graybill was St. Norbert’s first in outdoor track and field.

A memorable season all around
This spring also saw both softball and baseball at their respective NCAA tournaments.

Men’s tennis celebrated its winningest year ever.

And men’s golf saw its best conference finish since 2000. The team took second place at the Midwest Conference Championship.

Conference championship double for softball, baseball
Softball finished strong after a slow start to the season. The team took the Midwest Conference Championship title for the second time in three years, finishing with a 17-19 record.

The Green Knights fell after losses to Illinois Wesleyan and Concordia in the double-elimination NCAA tournament but their final game, against Concordia, saw Brieanne Oehlke ’10 extend her school record with her ninth home run of the year.

Green Knight baseball defeated three Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference teams this season, splitting doubleheaders with UW-Stevens Point, UW Oshkosh and UW-Platteville, marking the first time in program history that’s happened.

The Green Knights also played six games against Midwest Conference champion Beloit College and two games with Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference tournament champion St. Olaf College.

The men’s team’s regular season came to an abrupt end after St. Norbert fell to Beloit College 9-6 in the conference championship final. But the strength of its schedule this year was enough to earn it a spot in the NCAA Division III tournament, where the Green Knight suffered a heartbreaking 7-6 11-inning loss in their tournament opener before being eliminated 8-4 by top regional seed St. Olaf College.

The extended season gave Jared Yost ’10 the opportunity to tie the school record for hits in a season, with 74. He finished the year hitting .465.

St. Norbert finished 23-15, the most games it has ever played in a season. (Green Knight baseball has won at least 20 games five times in the last six years.)

Fans of Green Knight athletics can keep up with all varsity teams on the athletics web site or, for regular updates, follow SNC athletics on Twitter or become a fan of St. Norbert College Green Knights on Facebook.

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