It seems fitting to recognize a few of the most outstanding athletic performances of DC-area women as June closes. The accomplishments take us around North America.
First, nine Washington Spirit players are in Canada for the 2015 Women’s World Cup. Forward Ngozi Okobi and defender Josephine Chukwunonye played every minute for their Nigeria national team, as did Veronica Perez for Mexico.
Okobi had two assists, Spirit forward Francisca Ordega had a goal for Nigeria and defender Ali Krieger has one for Team USA. Goal minder Ashlyn Harris is also on Team USA but she has yet to play. Hayley Raso, scored a goal for Australia and Diana Matheson plays for Canada.
Georgetown University runner Sabrina Southerland earned second team All American following the 2015 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships. She finished 16th in 2:07.48. The top eight competitors made first team the next eight were named second team.
Three men brought home second team All American honors from Oregon for the Hoyas. Darren Fahy and Ryan Gil each scored in the men’s 3,000-meter steeplechase. Collin Leibold (Gonzaga) finished 13th-place in the men’s 5,000-meter run.
Catholic thrower Mary Clark is the 2015 Landmark Women’s Outdoor Track & Field Senior Scholar Athlete. She held a 3.68 grade-point average before graduating with a degree in biology.
Gallaudet runner Katie Giles (Quince Orchard) broke a barrier this year, becoming the first Bison named to Capital One’s Academic All-America Women’s Track & Field/Cross Country Teams for Division III second team. The social work major graduated last week a 3.99 cumulative grade point average. She was a member of the 4×400 meter relay team and competed in the 200-meter dash and 800-meter run.
Giles is the first female in Gallaudet history to earn two CoSIDA Academic All-America honors in her career. She was named to the 2013-14 Capital One Academic All-America At-Large second team last year for her performance with the women’s swimming and diving team.
Finally, Howard’s tennis programs maxed out the NCAA multiyear Academic Progress Rate (APR) scores between 2010-11 to 2013-14 academic years. The Bison men & women each earned perfect 1,000 scores.
“It is always an honor when our student-athletes receive recognition, especially in the area of academic success,” Coach Larry Strickland said. “I am grateful for their hard work and the assistance of our academic support staff for helping the teams achieve this distinction.”