Five Washington University Student-Athletes Selected as UAA Athletes of the Week
St. Louis, Mo., November 12, 2012 – Washington University in St. Louis had five individuals named the University Athletic Association (UAA) Athletes of the Week for their respective sports, as announced Monday by the Association.
Sophomore Lucy Cheadle of the women’s cross country team, junior forward Jessica Johnson of the No. 3-ranked women’s soccer team, senior libero Kelly Pang of the No. 3-ranked volleyball team, senior defensive lineman William Small of the football team, and junior Kevin Sparks of the men’s cross country team each received the accolade.
Cheadle received UAA Women’s Cross Country Athlete of the Week recognition for the fifth time this season. She finished second individually in the field of 276 runners at the NCAA Midwest Regional Championships Saturday to earn an automatic qualifying spot in the 2012 NCAA Division III Women’s Cross Country Championships Saturday, Nov. 17. Cheadle, who ran a season-best time of 21:01.35 in the 6K race, received all-region honors by finishing in the top-35 individually at the Regional. She was previously named the UAA Athlete of the Week this season Sept. 4, and Oct. 1, 15 and 29.
Johnson was named the UAA Women’s Soccer Offensive Athlete of the Week after leading the Bears to two wins in NCAA Tournament action last weekend. She scored a pair of goals, including the game-winner two minutes and 46 seconds into the first overtime, to lead Washington U. to a 3-2 victory over No. 16 Thomas More College Sunday afternoon in the second round of the 2012 NCAA Division III Women’s Soccer Championship in St. Louis. Johnson has scored five goals this season and 14 for her career.
Pang picked up UAA Volleyball Defensive Athlete of the Week honors for the seventh time this season after leading the Bears in their three matches at the NCAA Regional in Elmhurst, Ill. She recorded 13 digs in Washington U.’s sweep of College of Mount St. Joseph in the first round, and tallied nine digs in a 3-0 win over No. 15 University of Chicago in round two. Pang ended her career by recording 12 digs in the Bears’ loss to No. 9 Elmhurst in the Regional Championship match Sunday. She finished the season with 674 digs, which ranks second on Washington U.’s all-time single-season list. Over the weekend, Pang also increased her Washington University career digs record to 2,520. She was also selected as the UAA Athlete of the Week on Sept. 4, 10 and 17, and Oct. 1, 15 and 29.
Small earned UAA Football Defensive Athlete of the Week honors for the second week in a row after leading the Washington University defensive unit in a win at Chicago. He finished with five tackles, two forced fumbles, one tackle for loss, one sack and one pass break-up in the Bears’ 23-7 win at Chicago Saturday. Small concluded the season with 51 tackles, and led the team in tackles for loss (9.0), sacks (5.5) and forced fumbles (three).
Sparks was selected as the UAA Men’s Cross Country Athlete of the Week for the third time this season after leading Washington U. to a third-place team finish at the NCAA Midwest Regional Championships Saturday. He finished the 8K course in 24:30.11 to finish fifth out of 271 runners at the Regional. Sparks earned all-region honors for his performance, and helped the Washington University men’s team receive an at-large selection to the 2012 NCAA Division III Men’s Cross Country Championships scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 17, in Terre Haute, Ind. He also received UAA Athlete of the Week honors on Oct. 1 and 29 this season.