Two Wildcats Earn All-America at NCAA Outdoor Championships
Annina Brandenburg (women’s shot put) and J.J. Ply (men’s decathlon) each finished eighth to earn All-America recognition at the NCAA Division I outdoor national championships in Eugene, Oregon.
Brandenburg is the second ACU woman and Ply the 30th man to earn All-America status at the Division I level in track and field. Wildcats have been Division I finalists in the sport since 1929, when Doyle Vaughn finished sixth in the 800-yard run. Nine Wildcats have won their event at the prestigious national meet; the most recent was high jumper Mazel Thomas in 1988.
Wildcats Win WAC Golf Championship
The Wildcat men’s golf team claimed ACU’s second WAC team championship May 1, led by senior Alex Clouse, whose clutch putt on the final hole sealed the title. ACU shot 5-under on the final day to finish 10th in the 54-hole NCAA regional tournament at The Reserve at Spanos Park in Stockton, California.
Kudos to head coach Tom Shaw, his staff and team for rallying to win Abilene Christian’s second WAC team title and for making its first appearance in the NCAA regionals!
Men’s Tennis Team Wins ACU’s First WAC Title
The ACU men’s tennis team’s historic 2022 season ended May 6 in the first round of the NCAA Tournament with a 4-0 loss in Waco to No. 3-ranked Baylor. The Wildcats were representing the Western Athletic Conference, which they won for the first time May 2, advancing to a regional bracket with the Bears, Texas A&M and Tulsa.
Five Abilene Christian student-athletes were named to the WAC’s All-Tournament team. The Wildcats, led by director of tennis Juan Nunez, won nine of their final 11 matches of the season.