News and Notes
Men's Cross Country Runners Win Conference Again
Continuing what has become a sporting tradition, the Willamette men won the NWC championship this year — for the ninth time since 2001. Parker Bennett ’14 took the league individual title, and longtime coach Matt McGuirk was chosen NWC Men’s Coach of the Year. The women’s team missed a championship by just a hair, placing second overall.
At nationals, Bennett placed 97th out of 280 runners in the men’s 8-kilometer race in Terre Haute, Ind. The Willamette women placed 32nd in the team standings. Michaela Freeby ’15 (see p. 10) led the women with a 142nd place finish over the 6-kilometer course.
Volleyball Standout Named First Team All-NWC and Honorable Mention All-Region
Madisyn Leenstra ’13, an outside hitter and middle hitter for the Bearcats, was named First Team All-Northwest Conference and Honorable Mention All-West Region after leading Willamette with 284 kills, 3.30 kills per set and 25 service aces. She achieved a .230 hitting percentage. During her career with the Bearcats, she earned 697 kills and 163 total blocks.
Dean Destroys Quarterbacking Records
Josh Dean ’14 rewrote the Willamette football record book in 2012 by improving on every single-season passing mark. He completed 273 of 422 passes for 34 touchdowns, and his 3,345 total passing yards ranked him third in the nation. He also tied a single-game record with six touchdown passes against Hardin-Simmons University — in his first collegiate start — tying the mark set by John Horner ’94 in 1993. Dean helped Willamette achieve an 8-2 record in Head Coach Glen Fowles’ first year at the helm.
Men’s Soccer Enjoys Best Season Since 2000, Leads NWC in Scoring
The men posted a 10-7-2 record in 2012, their best since going 10-8-2 during the 2000 season. The Bearcat squad took fourth place in the NWC and led the conference in scoring with 36 goals. Trevor Jensen ’14 scored five goals and tied a school record with eight assists to lead the team with 18 total points. Five Bearcats scored four or more goals.
Kukula Wins NWC Fall Classic in Men’s Golf; Levy Shoots Hole-in-One
Sophomore Ryan Kukula ’15 picked up his first collegiate tournament win by shooting a 74 in the first round of the NWC Fall Classic and then rallying for a 4-under 68 in the second. Elsewhere in the tournament, freshman Elise Levy ’16 shot a spectacular hole-in-one on the par-3 17th hole during the second round.
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