Grads gone wild
After qualifying for the NCAA nationals and being named an All-American in cross country during the fall season, Sarah Shepard made it to nationals again.The 2002 Glenwood graduate finished 18th in the 5,000-meter run at the NCAA Indoor Championships in Boston on March 11. She completed the event in 18:14.35, one minute behind University of Colorado at Colorado Springs teammate Shannon Payne.”It is really, really frustrating when you feel ready for a race and don’t finish how you expected,” Shepard said in a UCCS press release. “It’s hard when you get beat by runners you normally know you should beat.”Shepard qualified for the meet after racing the 5,000 at the Iowa State Classic on Feb. 11 in 17:14.87, recording the third highest mark in UCCS history.Despite her unsatisfactory finish, Shepard will be using it as motivation to place higher in the future.”If we had run like we normally do, it would have been much different,” she said. “Next year we will both come back here and get some revenge.”Shepard has already begun making steps towards that goal in meets this spring with hopes of qualifying for the NCAA Outdoor Championships May 25-27.
Taylor Wilde spent his first spring break at college a little differently than most. Instead of taking a trip to Mexico or hitting the beach somewhere, the University of Taylor freshman outfielder has been making a name for himself as a top-notch fielder.In a game against Emmanuel College in early April, Wilde sprawled out to make an unbelievable diving catch in right field. It certainly caught the Emmanuel base runners off guard, as Wilde quickly got the ball back into the infield, allowing his teammates to complete a triple play.Taylor was ahead 12-6, and with no outs in the sixth inning and the bases loaded, Wilde’s grab prevented Emmanuel from getting back in the game.Wilde has seen time in the outfield during his freshman year, waiting to make his way into the lineup.After a two-game sweep over Grace College on Saturday, Taylor’s record stands at 29-17 overall. The Trojans are in a first-place tie with Marian College in the Mid-Central Conference with a 12-8 league record and four games left in the schedule.
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