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In Review

AWARDSRacing to the Finish for Late-Spring Sports By Dennis O’Donnell
sports_honorsSPRING ATHLETES: Yvette Igbokwe ’15, ’16 (T5) (above) earned all-region honors in track and field, as did catcher Nolan Schultz ’16 (below), for baseball. (Photo: Athletics and Recreation)

Postseason accolades and accomplishments were plentiful for Rochester’s spring sports teams. Three sports were represented in NCAA championship competition: softball and men’s and women’s outdoor track and field. The baseball team competed in the Liberty League playoffs.

Four baseball players earned all-region honors from both the American Baseball Coaches Association and D3baseball.com. One softball player earned all-region honors from the National Fastpitch Coaches Association. Four men and four women were named to the all-region teams by the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.

sports_honors (Photo: Athletics and Recreation)

Baseball: Catcher Nolan Schultz ’16, infielder Steve Eychner ’16, pitchers John Ghyzel ’18 and Evan Janifer ’16 each earned all-region honors. Schultz and Eychner were named first team all-region by D3baseball.com. Ghyzel was named to the third team. For the ABCA/Rawlings all-region team, Schultz and Eychner were named to the first team, Ghyzel to the second, and Janifer to the third. Schultz hit .386 with 16 extra-base hits and 26 RBIs. Eychner hit .418 with 16 extra-base hits and 25 RBIs. Ghyzel was 7–1 with four complete games and an ERA of 2.97. Janifer, who started and relieved, was 4–5 overall with a 1.84 ERA and two saves. The Yellowjackets finished 22–19, 15–9 in the Liberty League.

sports_honorsAT BAT: Kayla Kibling ’16 received all-region honors in softball. She was named MVP in postseason play. (Photo: Athletics and Recreation)

Softball: Shortstop Kayla Kibling ’16 earned first team all-region honors from the NFCA after hitting .426 in 36 games. She scored a team-high 28 runs and was tied for fourth in RBIs with 17. Rochester won the Liberty League postseason tournament (Kibling was the MVP). Eleni Wechsler ’17 was 14–16 overall with a 2.28 ERA. She threw two no-hitters, one against RIT in the Liberty League playoffs and one against Penn State–Behrend in the NCAA playoffs at St. John Fisher. Rochester finished 27–23 overall (10–2 in the Liberty League).

Women’s outdoor track and field: Yvette Igbokwe ’15, ’16 (T5) and Cameron Edwards ’16 earned all-region honors from the USTFCCCA in two events. Emily VanDenbergh ’16 and Kylee Bartlett ’19 were honored for one event. Igbokwe was honored in the 100 meters (she was third at the ECAC championships) and the 200 meters (she won the New York state championship). She ran at the NCAA championships in the 100 and finished 16th. Edwards was honored in both the 100-meter hurdles and the 400-meter hurdles. She won the state crown in the 400 hurdles and competed at NCAAs for the fourth consecutive season (finishing 14th). VanDenbergh was honored in the triple jump. Later in the spring, she broke the school record in the long jump. Bartlett, who was an all-region honoree in the pentathlon indoors finished third at ECACs in the heptathlon to pick up the all-region honor. Rochester’s third NCAA competitor was Katie Knox ’16 in the 3,000-meter steeplechase. She broke the existing Rochester record twice during the spring. She was 16th at the NCAA meet.

Men’s outdoor track and field: Patrick Rice ’16, Boubacar Diallo ’16, Jeff Hrebenach ’16, and Jon Kuberka ’16 all picked up all-region honors from the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. Rice completed at the NCAA championships in the decathlon and finished ninth overall. He won the New York state championship in the decathlon. Diallo earned his recognition in the triple jump, the second time this year he accomplished the feat (he was honored indoors in early spring). Hrebenach, who owns four school records (100, 200, 4-by-100-meter outdoors; 4-by-200-meter indoors), was honored for his performance in the state’s 200-meter race when he set a Rochester record. Kuberka scored in three events (long jump, triple jump, and high jump) at the New York state meet. His long jump of just under 23 feet earned the all-region citation.