Keeping up with the Colonels is your one-stop spot to catch up with any of the Centre Athletics action you may have missed from the past week and look ahead to the next week. This week we look back on a busy Family Weekend and look ahead to the weekend of Fall Break.
The Centre cross country teams competed in the Fast Cats Classic at Kentucky Wesleyan. The men finished fourth out of 14 teams, with Nathan Riggs, Andrew Edwards and Keenan Jones posting consecutive finishes in the top 15. The women, who entered the meet ranked third in the latest South/Southeast Regional poll and received votes in the latest USTFCCCA poll, won their meet, with all five scoring runners placing in the individual top ten. Annie Rodenfels picked up another individual win and Hallie Searcy, Courtney Gibson, Marisa Moore and Margueritte Wheeler all landed in the top ten in their runs.
FIELD HOCKEY (8-3, 3-1 SAA)
Centre field hockey went 1-1 over the last week, splitting a pair of home games. The Colonels lost 1-0 to Rhodes in an overtime defensive struggle before rebounding with an 8-2 victory over Hendrix. Brooklyn Bell poured in a career high four goals for the Colonels in the win over Hendrix.
FOOTBALL (4-1, 2-1 SAA)
The Centre football team picked up a big win on Family Weekend at Farris Stadium, knocking off Austin College by a score of 38-3. Quarterback Tanner Young started his first game as a Colonel and played brilliantly, throwing for over 300 yards and four touchdowns on just 19 completions. Young's four touchdown passes fell in the hands of four different wide receivers, with Jaylon Hibbs and Davis Kannapell finding the end zone for the first time in 2017. The defense dominated from start to finish, limiting Austin to just eight first downs for the game with Zach Berger recording two more sacks and freshman Slater Rountree picking up his first career interception.
The Centre men's golf team played in the Oglethorpe Fall Invite at Royal Lakes G.C. in Georgia over the weekend. The Colonels finished in 13th place for the tournament, but enjoyed some individual success as Andrew McKinney earned tournament co-medalist honors.
MEN'S SOCCER (5-4-2, 1-0-2 SAA)
The Colonels remained unbeaten in SAA play this week as they played Millsaps to a 2-2 tie in Jackson in double overtime. Noah Wesley-Chevalier scored both of Centre's goals against the Majors. Centre was scheduled to play at Birmingham Southern, but the game was postponed due to the oncoming Hurricane Nate. No makeup date for the game has been announced as of yet.
SWIMMING & DIVING
The Centre swim teams returned to the pool with a trip to the University of Louisville to compete in the Derby City Invitational. The men's team finished third overall, while the women took fourth place. Arthur Ensign-George and Jimmy Kelley had excellent meets for the men, finishing as the top Division III swimmers in their respective events on multiple occasions. For the women, All-American Sarah Hayhurst participated in her first diving competition of the year and dominated on both the 1m and 3m boards.
WOMEN'S SOCCER (8-3-2, 3-0-0 SAA)
Centre women's soccer extended its SAA unbeaten streak to 31 consecutive matches with a dominant 5-0 victory over the Millsaps Majors in Jackson on Friday. Julia Balte scored a pair of goals for the Colonels in the first half, with Rachael Boule, Hannah Bandura and Samantha Lamantia providing the goals in the second frame. Like the men's game, oncoming inclement weather forced the matchup at BSC to be postponed with no makeup date rescheduled as of yet.
VOLLEYBALL (8-11, 3-6 SAA)
The Colonels went 1-2 in the last seven days. On Wednesday, the Colonels pulled off an incredible comeback victory over Kentucky State, winning the last three sets to take the match in five sets. The Colonels had a season high 12 aces in the win over KSU, led by Morgan Babey with six. Over the weekend Centre took to the road and lost a five-set heartbreaker at Millsaps before dropping a match at Birmingham Southern in straight sets on Sunday.
MALE STUDENT-ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
Andrew McKinney, Golf
The biggest tournament in Division III golf last week was the Oglethorpe Fall Invite, and the best player at that tournament was Andrew McKinney. McKinney shot an even par 72 in the opening round, and then with inclement weather approaching, shot three under par over the next nine holes on Saturday. McKinney followed it up by shooting two under par for the rainy last nine holes for a second round score of 67 and a tournament score of 147, earning co-medalist honors. McKinney's 67 was the lowest second round for any player in the tournament.
FEMALE STUDENT-ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
Sarah Hayhurst, Diving
Hayhurst kicked off her 2017-18 season in style with a sweep in the diving competitions at the Derby City Invitational at the University of Louisville. Hayhurst scored 285.85 points on the 1m board and followed that performance up with 264.10 points on the 3m board to take first place in both events in dominant fashion.
Here is the full slate of events for Centre Athletics in the next seven days.
Thursday, Oct. 12
Volleyball @ Sewanee, 6 PM CDT
Friday, Oct. 13
Men's & Women's Cross Country @ Wilmington Fall Classic
Field Hockey @ Christopher Newport, 4 PM
Women's Soccer vs. Rhodes, 6 PM
Swimming & Diving vs. Mary Washington/Washington & Lee, 6 PM
Men's Soccer vs. Rhodes, 8 PM
Saturday, Oct. 14
Swimming & Diving @ Davis & Elkins, 1 PM
Football @ Trinity, 1 PM CDT
Volleyball vs. Hendrix, 3 PM
Field Hockey @ Randolph Macon, 6 PM
Sunday, Oct. 15
Men's & Women's Golf @ Division III Golfweek Preview
Volleyball vs. Rhodes, 12 PM
Women's Soccer vs. Hendrix, 12 PM
Men's Soccer vs. Hendrix, 2:30 PM
Monday, Oct. 16
Men's & Women's Golf @ Division III Golfweek Preview