Summit Points provides a weekly look at news and notes from around The Summit League and its 10 league members. Check thesummitleague.org each Friday for an updated notebook on the League.
SUMMIT LEAGUE MEDIA CENTERS
For updated news and notes from around The Summit League check out the links below for each sports weekly release/media center.
Baseball | Men's Basketball | Women's Basketball | Cross Country | Golf | Men's Soccer | Women's Soccer | Men's & Women's Swimming & Diving | Track & Field | Tennis | Softball | Volleyball
GOLDEN EAGLES TAKE ON TCU AT FORT WORTH
No. 4 seed Oral Roberts is set to square off against No. 1 seed and host TCU in the Fort Worth Regional today at 7 p.m., at Lupton Stadium. No. 2 seed Oklahoma faces No. 3 seed Dallas Baptist in the first game at 2 p.m. The regional is a double elimination tournament with the winner advancing to the Super Regional against the winner of the Houston Regional.
FIVE TRACK AND FIELD STUDENT-ATHLETES ADVANCE TO NCAA
Five Summit League track and field student-athletes have advanced to the 2011 NCAA Division I Men's and Women's Outdoor Track and Field NCAA Championships is Des Moines, Iowa, June 8-11. Oral Roberts qualified two student-athletes in Clive Chafausipo (long jump) and Jack Whitt (pole vault), while North Dakota State also sends two, Whitney Carlson (long jump) and Christine Schmaltz (800 meters) to the NCAA Championships. Southern Utah sends Cameron Levins (5,000 meters). All five student-athletes placed in the top-12 of their respective event at the West Region Preliminary Championships. Click here to read more.
SOUTHERN UTAH'S BO CUTHBERTSON EARNS ALL-AMERICAN
Southern Utah's Bo Cuthbertson became the first Thunderbird in recent history to be named to the Louisville Slugger All-America baseball team, as announced by the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper. The junior shortstop was named to the third team. Click here to read more.
ORAL ROBERTS CAPTURES 14TH CONSECUTIVE TOURNAMENT
Oral Roberts captured its 14th-straight Summit League Baseball Championship, tied for the second-longest in NCAA history with Wichita State (1987-2000), defeating South Dakota State in 11 innings, 5-4. The Golden Eagles have won 36 consecutive tournament games. Click here to read more.
FOUR STUDENT-ATHLETES NAMED TO THE CAPTIAL ONE ACADEMIC
ALL-DISTRICT TRACK & FIELD/CROSS COUNTRY TEAMS
Four Summit League student-athletes were named to the Capital One Academic All-District first team announced by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSida). South Dakota State led the way with two players receiving honors as Arran Davis and Ben Jasinski were both named first team in District 7. Oakland's Zack Jones was named first team in District 4, while North Dakota State's Whitney Carlson was the only league female to be honored, earning first team in District 7. Click here to read more.
BREAKING ATTENDANCE RECORDS
The 2011 Summit League Baseball Championship presented by American Airlines in Sioux Falls, S.D., set a new league championship attendance record. A total of 5,128 fans came out to Sioux Falls Stadium to watch the six games over a four-day span. The previous record high, since 1999, was 3,667 set in 2008 in Tulsa, Okla.
WEEK HIGHLIGHTS NDSU'S AMY ANDERSON'S SUCCESS
After success at the NCAA Championships and winning the U.S. Women's Open sectional qualifier at Medina, Minn., North Dakota State sophomore Amy Anderson was recently featured by Golf Week. Click here to read the full article.
SUMMIT LEAGUERS IN THE NATIONAL TRACK
Summit Leaguers have combined for 17 times/marks among the top-50 in the nation, including five top-20 individuals, in outdoor track and field. Representing the league are Oral Roberts' Jack Whitt, ranked second in the nation in the pole vault and Clive Chafausipo, 19th in the long jump and Southern Utah's Cameron Levins 19th in the 5,000 meters. For the women, North Dakota State's Leslie Brost is tied for 17th in pole vault and Whitney Carlson is 20th in the long jump. Click here to view the entire TFRRS rankings.
THE SUMMIT LEAGUE ON THE NATIONAL LEADER
Two baseball teams and five players along with three softball teams are ranked in the top-10 in the nation in the latest NCAA statistics. In baseball, Western Illinois is second in hit by pitch (109), while South Dakota State is fifth in hits (649). Individually, IPFW's Nick Opitz is third in complete games (7), while SUU's Bo Cuthbertson is fourth in batting average (.432). Centenary's RJ Talamantes is fourth in stolen bases per game (0.74) and fifth in stolen bases (32), while WIU's John Koszulinski is sixth in hit by pitch (22). Cuthbertson and SDSU's Billy Stitz are tied for 10th in triples with seven each. In softball, UMKC ranks third nationally in stolen bases per game (2.52). Western Illinois ranks third in the nation in double plays per game (0.59), while Southern Utah is fourth (0.58). The Leatherneck offense is seventh in the nation in doubles per game (1.63) with 75 doubles for the season. Click here to view all NCAA softball statistics and here to view all NCAA baseball statistics.
THOMAS PREPARES TO EMBARK ON EAST ASIA TOUR WITH ATHLETES IN
IUPUI basketball student-athlete Stephen Thomas will be joining Athletes in Action for an upcoming tour of East Asia, running through June 22. The team's training camp begins today in Xenia, Ohio. Click here to read more.
WILLIAM BROUSSARD NAMED CENTENARY DIRECTOR OF ATHLETICS
Centenary College President Dr. B. David Rowe announced that Dr. William Broussard has been named Centenary's new Director of Athletics. Broussard comes from Northwestern State University, his undergraduate alma mater, where he was serving as Associate Athletic Director for External Relations and the Executive Director of the NSU Athletic Association. Click here to read more.
NAMES ANGIE TORAIN ASSISTANT COMMISSIONER
The Summit League Commissioner Tom Douple announced the hiring of Angie Torain as Assistant Commissioner for Institutional Services and Championship Administration. Torain is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the League's compliance program and will serve as the primary administrator for several championships and sport committees. Click here to read more.
McDANIEL HEAD WOMEN'S CROSS COUNTRY COACH
The IUPUI Athletics Department and Director of Athletics Mike Moore have announced that Antonio McDaniel has been named head coach of the women's cross country program. McDaniel recently finished his second year as an assistant coach under Joni Sanders on the Jaguars' coaching staff. He becomes the fourth head coach in the program's 14-year history. Click here to read more.