Track, tennis, golf go to nationals

July 23, 2012 — Sports

At the conference championship, the 4x400m relay team of Julea Juarez (l), Lauren Rohach, Melissa Muntzel and Lauren Rasmussen broke a 14-year-old SCIAC meet record with a time of 3:53.12.

Nicholas Ballou is the national runner-up in men’s singles and SCIAC Athlete of the Year for men’s tennis.

CLU athletes on four teams advanced to NCAA Division III championships this May, with several earning All-America status in their sports. The women’s and men’s track teams each sent two competitors to the national meet in Claremont, including NCAA women’s javelin champion Britlyn Garrett.

The Kingsmen tennis squad advanced to the second round of nationals, and Nicholas Ballou made the singles final in Cary, N.C., where he forced the nation’s top-ranked player to a deciding third set. With partner Ray Worley, Ballou also advanced to the doubles quarterfinal.

The men’s golf team played two rounds at the NCAAs in Howey-in-the-Hills, Florida, with Mikey McGinn advancing as an individual player.

All-America honors went to Garrett, to Ballou in singles and Ballou and Worley in doubles, and to Eric Rogers, who placed sixth in the men’s triple jump.

In April, the women’s track and field team won its first Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference title, which it shared with Claremont-Mudd-Scripps. Sprinter Julea Juarez was named SCIAC Athlete of the Year in track, racking up individual and team victories at the conference level. She won the 400m championship and anchored SCIAC wins in the 4x400m and 4x100m relays.