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ASC – Sports

GOLF

Seger Howell of Concordia Texas and Stephanie Tutt of UT Tyler earn ASC Golfers of the Week.

AMERICAN SOUTHWEST CONFERENCE GOLFER OF THE WEEK

Competitions: March 16-18, 2018

MEN’S GOLFER OF THE WEEK: Seger Howell, Jr., Concordia Texas

Concordia University Texas junior Seger Howell (Live Oak, Texas) earned Golfer of the Week for the seventh time in his career after shooting consecutive under-par rounds to win his first tournament of the season. Howell shot a 69 first round and followed it up with a 70 in the final round, winning the Texas Cup by one stroke over teammate Ben Balen. Howell’s performance also helped the No. 7 Tornados win their fourth consecutive tournament.

WOMEN’S GOLFER OF THE WEEK: Stephanie Tutt, Sr., UT Tyler

The University of Texas at Tyler senior Stephanie Tutt (McKinney, Texas) won Golfer of the Week for the fourth time in her career by posting her third top 10 finish of the year, taking sixth place at the George Fox Westbrook Invitational in Arizona. Tutt shot a 76-73=149, helping the Patriots to a third-place finish.

OTHER TOP PERFORMANCES

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UT Tyler junior Tyler Uhlig (Magnolia, Texas) shot a 73-73-72=218 for the No. 1 Patriots, including an eagle on the 18th hole on Sunday, at the Jekyll Island Collegiate in Georgia. Twenty of the top forty Division III teams in the nation competed in this tournament.

McMurry University senior Sam Sweeney (Drogheda, Ireland) tied for third at the Texas Cup with a 73-72=145.

University of Mary Hardin-Baylor freshman Cade Gonvender (Rockwall, Texas) posted the low individual finish for the Cru men at the Texas Cup, tying for ninth with a two-round score of 148. His final round of 71 helped UMHB move up to a second place finish in the tournament.

The University of Texas at Dallas sophomore Harrison Hicks (Frisco, Texas) was the Comets’ top performer at the Texas Cup over the weekend. Hicks tied for 12th as he finished the 36-hole event at five-over 149 (76-73).

WOMEN

Mary Hardin-Baylor junior Cassidy Rawls (Snyder, Texas) tied for 10th place after shooting back-to-back rounds of 77 at the George Fox Westbrook Invitational.

 

TENNIS

AMERICAN SOUTHWEST CONFERENCE TENNIS PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Matches: March 13-19, 2018

WEST DIVISION WOMEN’S PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Svaksha Iyengar, Fr., UT Dallas

The University of Texas at Dallas freshman Svaksha Iyengar (Prosper, Texas) posted a 1-2 mark in singles, and a 2-0 record in doubles play as the Comets played three matches during the Spring Break trip to California. She picked up a critical straight-set win against No. 34 Redlands to give UTD a 4-1 lead. However, the Comets dropped the final four singles contests to lose the match, 5-4. She teamed up with partner Vivian Sepulveda for two wins at No. 3 doubles during the stretch, including a win over Redlands.

EAST DIVISION WOMEN’S PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Jabree McClaine, Sr., East Texas Baptist

East Texas Baptist University senior Jabree McClaine (Arlington, Texas) went 3-1 in number five singles and 2-2 in doubles play. She scored the lone point in the 8-1 loss to No. 22 Kenyon College in fifth singles. McClaine then also scored one of the three points in the 6-3 loss to No. 31 Millsaps and earned two wins in shutout fashion against Louisiana College. The losses In both of her doubles, they were 8-4 against nationally ranked teams.

WEST DIVISION MEN’S PLAYER OF THE WEEK – none

EAST DIVISION MEN’S PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Gabriel Hidalgo, So., UT Tyler

The University of Texas at Tyler sophomore Gabriel Hidalgo (Barquisimeto, Venezuela) had an impressive spring break week by going 5-0 in singles play and 4-1 doubles with his partner Daniel Rodriguez. Hidalgo finished off the week with a 6-3, 6-0 win over No. 35 Caltech in fourth singles after singles wins after wins over opponents from Rochester, Franklin & Marshall, RPI and Colby-Sawyer in Orlando.

OTHER WOMEN’S PERFORMANCES

UT Tyler junior Lauren Kuhn (Carrollton, Texas) had a solid week for the Patriots during their spring break trip to Orlando by going 3-2 in singles play. Kuhn was a 6-1, 7-6 winner in third singles against Rochester and then finished the week with a 6-3, 6-2 second singles win over Mount Holyoke and a 6-2, 6-7, 10-7 second singles win against Colby-Sawyer. Kuhn would also pick up a second doubles win with teammate Savannah Seely in the final match of the trip against Colby-Sawyer.

LeTourneau University sophomore Gracie Favela (Brawley, Calif.) led the YellowJackets last week with a pair of singles wins to go along with one win at number one doubles with Maddison Brackenreg. Her two points in the match against Texas Lutheran was part of a 6-3 victory for LeTourneau.

OTHER MEN’S PERFORMANCES

East Texas Baptist University sophomore John Herr (Shreveport, La.) played some of his toughest competition of the year in Florida over spring break. He earned the only point in the 8-1 loss to No. 2222 Kenyon and earned a doubles win in the 7-2 loss to Earlham. Herr won both matches at Louisiana College in a 9-0 sweep.

LeTourneau sophomore Christian Farris (El Paso, Texas) continued his recent run of strong performances, earning a win at number one singles and number one doubles against Texas Lutheran.

 

TRACK AND FIELD

AMERICAN SOUTHWEST CONFERENCE TRACK AND FIELD ATHLETES OF THE WEEK
Competitions: March 15-17, 2018

MEN’S TRACK ATHLETE OF THE WEEK – Hasanai Chanriang, Jr., Hardin-Simmons
Hardin-Simmons University junior Hasanai Chanriang (Mason, Texas) placed second in the 400-meter hurdles in 55.20 seconds at the UIW Spring Break Classic. His time ranks ninth in the nation and leads the ASC. It is the second Athlete of the Week award in Chanriang’s career.

MEN’S FIELD ATHLETE OF THE WEEK – Gabriel Spivey, Jr., Concordia Texas
Concordia University Texas junior Gabriel Spivey (San Antonio, Texas) earned his second ASC Athlete of the Week award of the year. It was his third in his career after jumping 7.06 meters (23 ft.-2 in.) in the second of his three tries in the finals of the long jump event at the UIW Spring Break Classic. The distance won him the competition and became the top mark in all of Division III.

WOMEN’S TRACK ATHLETE OF THE WEEK – Bayli Luke, Fr., Concordia Texas
Concordia Texas freshman Bayli Luke (Houston, Texas) earned her second Athlete of the Week award of the year after placing sixth in the 400-meter dash on Saturday at the UIW Spring Break Classic with a time of 1:00.07, which is the 11th-best time in Division III. In the 200 meters, Luke would finish seventh in a time of 25.67, giving her the sixth-best time in Division III. She also finished third in the long jump of 5.34 meters (17 ft.-6.25 in.).

WOMEN’S FIELD ATHLETE OF THE WEEK – La Nasia Reed, Jr., Sul Ross State
Sul Ross State University junior La Nasia Reed (Killeen, Texas) posted a third-place finish out of 17 competitors in the shot put in Thursday’s round of the UIW Spring Break Classic. Her mark of 12:03 meters (39 ft.-5.75 in.) leads the ASC and ranks seventh in the nation. It is the second Athlete of the Week award in Reed’s career.

OTHER TOP MEN’S PERFORMANCES
Louisiana College freshman Dylan Fuselier (Opelousas, La.) set a new personal best in the javelin at the Louisiana Classics meet with a distance of 50.81 meters (166 ft.-8 in.) The mark was good enough for ninth place overall in a meet with 11 Division I programs in competition and ranks 28th in NCAA Division III this season.

University of the Ozarks freshman Michael Harris (Elkins, Ark.) established a new school record by over one minute in the 3,000-meter steeplechase with a 9:54.58 at the Rhodes College Invitational. He placed ninth overall out of 21 competitors. His 5,000-meter time of 15:50.01 set a new school record and is the fastest time in the ASC this season. He was 29th overall in the race.

OTHER TOP WOMEN’S PERFORMANCES
Louisiana College senior Brooke Jones (Covington, La.) threw a new season best in the shot put at the Louisiana Classics meet this weekend with a distance of 11.19 meters (36 ft.-8.5 in.). The mark earned her a third top 10 finish this season in four overall meets.

Ozarks junior Hannah Smith (Blue Eye, Mo.) set the school record and ran the 13th-fastest time in the NCAA III South/Southeast region at the Rhodes College Invitational Friday, posting an 18:44.16 in the 5,000 meters. It was also the fastest time in ASC this season. She finished 28th in the race among 77 competitors. Smith came back the next day with impressive performances in the mile and 800 meters. Her 800-meter time (2:30.79) is among the top-three the fastest in the ASC this season. She placed 14th out of 81 runners in the mile posting a time of 5:27.65.

Cody Usher
Assistant Commissioner
American Southwest Conference