St. Louis, Mo., Oct. 20, 2014 – Four individuals from Washington University in St. Louis were selected as the University Athletic Association (UAA) Athletes of the Week for their respective sports, as announced Monday by the Association.
Senior Lucy Cheadle of the No. 6-ranked women’s cross country team, junior Josh Clark of the No. 16 men’s cross country team, junior setter/right-side hitter Allison Zastrow of the No. 7 volleyball team and sophomore Connie Zhou of the women’s golf team each received the honor.
Cheadle picked up UAA Women’s Cross Country Athlete of the Week honors for the second time this season and 14th time in her career after winning the women’s individual title at the UW-Oshkosh AAE Invitational Saturday in Oshkosh, Wis. Cheadle ran a career-best time of 20:44.01 to win the 6K race in the field of 559 runners. She took control of the race over the last kilometer, pulling away to beat the runner-up from defending NCAA Division III National Champion Johns Hopkins University by more than 12 seconds. Cheadle’s winning time was also more than 17 seconds faster than her previous career-best 6K time.
Clark was named the UAA Men’s Cross Country Athlete of the Week for the first time in his career after leading Washington U. to an eighth-place team finish in the 45-team field at the UW-Oshkosh AAE Invitational Saturday. He finished 23rd among the 664 runners in the meet. Clark took nearly 40 seconds off his previous career-best 8K time, finishing the race in 24:57.6.
Zastrow earned UAA Volleyball Setter/Defensive Athlete of the Week accolades for the first time in her career after leading the Bears to a 4-0 record at the second UAA Round Robin #2 Saturday-Sunday in Chicago. In Sunday’s four-set win over Carnegie Mellon University that gave Washington U. the top seed at the UAA Championship tournament, she recorded a triple-double with a career-high 14 kills and season-highs of 28 assists and 15 digs. Zastrow also tallied 11 kills and seven assists while hitting .318 in a five-set win over No. 3 Emory University Saturday. On the weekend, she averaged 2.53 kills, 3.20 assists and 2.33 digs per set, while finishing with a .300 hitting percentage. Zastrow previously earned UAA Volleyball Offensive Athlete of the Week honors Sept. 15.
Zhou received UAA Women’s Golf Athlete of the Week honors for the second time this season after defending her Golfweek Fall Preview Championship with a three-over 75 on the final day. Her win led the Bears to a second-place finish at the three-day event held at the Baytown Golf Club in Sandestin, Fla. Zhou fired a three-day total of 221 (72-74-75) to hold off Caroline Holloway of Washington and Lee University by two strokes. The 221 was the second-lowest 54-hole score in school history, and gave Zhou her third tournament win of the season and fourth of her career. She led the tournament in par 3 scoring (2.93, -1), par 4 scoring (4.13) and pars (40).