St. Louis, Mo., March 17, 2014 – Three student-athletes were named the University Athletic Association (UAA) Athletes of the Week for their respective sports, as announced Monday by the Association.
Junior Lucy Cheadle and senior Jasmine Williams of the women’s indoor track & field team, and senior Corinne Rauck of the No. 9-ranked women’s tennis team each received the accolade.
Cheadle was named the UAA Indoor Track Athlete of the Week for the second time this season after racing to two All-America finishes at the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships Friday-Saturday in Lincoln, Neb. She raced to her third straight All-America honor in the 5,000 with a time of 16:47.46 to finish in fourth place Friday evening. The time was nearly 17 seconds better than Cheadle's previous school record of 17:04.20. She followed that with a seventh-place finish in the 3,000 Saturday. Cheadle also broke her own school record in that event, clocking a time of 9:46.91, more than four seconds better than the record of 9:51.11 set at the UAA Championships two weeks ago. Cheadle is just the second women's athlete in school history to earn All-America honors in more than one individual event at the same NCAA Indoor Championships.
Rauck posted a 4-0 record in singles (three at No. 6, one at No. 4) and a 1-2 record at No. 1 doubles in four matches for Washington U. last week to earn UAA Women’s Tennis Athlete of the Week honors for the first time in her career. She improved her singles record to 9-0 in dual matches this season, and brought her career singles record to 38-10 with last week’s four wins. Rauck helped the Bears defeat the University of Rochester (9-0) and No. 14 University of La Verne (5-4) March 10, and No. 13 University of Redlands (8-1) March 11. She provided the Bears’ only victory in an 8-1 loss to No. 7 Bowdoin College to end the week.
Williams earned the first indoor All-America honor of her career with a seventh-place finish in the long jump at the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships Friday. She recorded a leap of 5.52 meters, which was just seven centimeters shy of her career-best in the event. It marks the fourth time this season and eighth time in her career that she has been named the UAA Indoor Field Athlete of the Week.