Sports Short: Trio of Maroons grab UAA recognition

By Chris Boots

As the spring season draws to a close, Chicago has claimed three UAA Athletes of the Week for the second straight time as Maroons from three different squads netted the honor.

After blasting a game-winning home run in his last at bat as a South Sider, fourth-year Dominik Meyer took home the league’s recognition for baseball. The solo shot gave Chicago a 3–2 win over Illinois Institute of Technology as the squad finished its season with an 11–17 record. The designated hitter batted a team-leading .352 this season, also topping the squad’s leaderboards with a .466 slugging percentage and 17 RBI.

With track and field competing waiting to hear if any of its athletes have made the NCAA cut, representatives from both the men’s and women’s sides were given the Athlete of the Week nod.

A near lock for Nationals, second-year Claire Ray tossed a 46.23-meter discus over the weekend at the Penultimate Invite hosted by Chicago last weekend, posting the eighth-best throw in all of DIII this season. Ray, who earned All-American status at last year’s outdoor NCAAs, is also provisionally qualified in the hammer throw.

Also standing at eighth on the National leaderboards, fourth-year Zach Rodgers made the NCAA provisional qualifying standard with a triple jump of 14.32 meters at Haydon Track. Rodgers is seeking his second straight National bid, after an 11th-place finish in the decathlon last spring left him just short of All-American honors.