Extra Points

Sunday, May 23, 2004 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 1:24 p.m. CDT, Friday, July 18, 2008

COLUMBIA COLLEGE SOFTBALL: The Cougars won two games Saturday to stay alive in the NAIA National Tournament in Decatur, Ala.

The Cougars defeated Union University (Tenn.) 3-0 and College of St. Mary (Neb.) 1-0.

The Cougars (45-10) are the sixth seed in the 20-team, double-elimination tournament.

The Cougars are 2-1 in the tournament after losing to St. Scholastica (Minn.) 3-0 on Friday.

Columbia College plays Monday at 2 p.m.

MU SOFTBALL: The Tigers were eliminated from the NCAA Regional Championships on Friday with a 4-3 loss to Mississippi Valley State in Los Angeles.

MU led 3-1 in the sixth, but catcher Natasha McFadden hit a three-run home run over the left field fence to end the Tigers’ season.

MU finished 29-26.

HICKMAN GIRLS’ SWIMMING: After earning 35th place last year, the Kewpies finished seventh at the State Swimming and Diving Championships at St. Peters Rec-Plex.

Hickman scored 108 1/2 points. Lafayette won with 426, Marquette was second with 226 and Blue Springs was third with 204 1/2.

The Kewpies’ 200 medley relay team of Julie Schenker, Mary Sheahen, Chelsea Laun and Claire Piester placed sixth in 1:54.51. The same group also earned sixth in the 400 freestyle in 3:45.11.

Schenker was fifth in the 50 freestyle in 24.91 and seventh in the 100 backstroke in 3:45.11, while Sheahen was sixth in the 500 freestyle in 5:21.15.

Piester’s best individual finish was a 10th in the 100 freestyle in 55.36, and Laun was 12th in the 200 individual medley in 2:20.59.

“These four girls were pretty busy,” Hickman coach John Hamilton said. “Though they were getting pretty tired, they hung in there and did very well.”

MU SWIMMING: Matt North was named the men’s MVP, and Rebecca Wolfe was the women’s MVP.

North excelled in the breaststroke and individual medley.

Wolfe swam the 200 butterfly and 500 and 1,000 freestyle.

MU TRACK: The Tigers signed eight athletes, including three who are high school national leaders.

Chris Rohr (Lee’s Summit) holds the state discus record and leads the nation with a 209-foot, 5-inch throw. He also is in the top 10 nationally in the shot put (61-10).

Trisa Nickoley (Tecumseh, Kan.) leads the country in the 800 in 2 minutes, 6.67 seconds. Maddie Schueler (Louisville) has the nation’s fastest 3,200 (10:21.2).

The Tigers also signed Becca Miller of Jefferson City (Helias) for distance races; Kasey Kimball of Eureka, who is a two-time defending Class 4 champion in the 1,600; Michael Barrows of Flushing, Mich., a distance runner; Billy Bell of Chesterfield, a distance runner; and Wade Souza of Joplin, a middle distance runner.

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