St. Louis, Mo., Nov. 17, 2014 – Washington University in St. Louis had four individuals recognized 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 kicker Alex Hallwachs of the football team, sophomore libero Kalehua Katagiri of the No. 7 volleyball team and senior Drew Padgett of the No. 12 men’s cross country team each received the honor.
Cheadle raced to UAA Women’s Cross Country Athlete of the Week honors for the fourth time this season and 16th time in her career. She won the Midwest Regional title for the second year in a row to remain unbeaten in cross country this season. After leading by two-tenths of a second with less than 1,500 meters to go, Cheadle pulled away to win the 6K race by more than 10 seconds with a time of 20:55.5. Her first-place finish led Washington U. to the women’s team Regional Championship and an automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Championships.
Hallwachs was selected as the UAA Football Special Teams Athlete of the Week for the fourth time this season and eighth time in his career. He tied a school record with three field goals and added an extra point in the Bears’ 17-16 loss at Carnegie Mellon University Saturday. Hallwachs connected on kicks of 36, 41 and 18 yards to tie the single-season school record with 15 field goals. He moved into first place in school history with 30 career field goals, and ranks third in NCAA Division III in field goals per game (1.5).
Katagiri earned UAA Volleyball Defensive Athlete of the Week honors for the third time this season after posting double-digit digs in each of Washington U.’s three regional matches over the weekend. She tallied 25 digs in a five-set win over Hendrix College, and had a match-high 26 digs in the Bears’ five-set loss to No. 5 Emory University in the regional championship. Katagiri also tallied 13 assists on the weekend for an average of 1.00 per set. She finished the season with 673 digs, which ranks third on Washington U.’s all-time single-season list.
Padgett was named the UAA Men’s Cross Country Athlete of the Week for the second time this season and seventh time in his career after becoming the first runner in Washington U. men’s cross country history to win an individual Regional Championship. He won the Midwest Regional in the field of 265 runners with a career-best 8K time of 23:56.5. After holding a slim .8 of a second lead midway through the race, Padgett pulled away to win by nearly nine seconds. In just his second race of the season, he led Washington U. to a four-place team finish and an at-large bid to the NCAA Championships.