To a non-track person, the combination of being a physics major and, say, throwing the discus or the shot wouldn’t seem to belong on the same wavelength. To Hamline senior Becky Culp ’13, however, it makes perfect sense. “I use a lot of what I have learned in physics in my events,” she said. “I like to know why I am doing certain things.”
The lessons have obviously paid off well. A two-time All-American in the discus, Becky is one of the top throwers in the country in Division III. She expects to compete well in the shot put and weight throw in the indoor season and then expand her horizons in the outdoor campaign to include the discus and the hammer throw. Last year, she won the MIAC outdoor crown in the discus and shot put and was fourth in the hammer throw. (She also won the indoor shot title and was fifth in the hammer throw.) At the 2012 NCAA D-III outdoor meet, she finished in third place.
As for 2013 goals? “I just want to be the best I can be,” Becky said. “If I do that, the numbers should follow.” Among those possible digits: 3 for another year as an All-American. (In track, you earn that by finishing in the top eight in your event at the national meet.)
There is one other number about the Ohio native that stands out: 3.732. That’s her current GPA in what is, by anybody’s standards, a very difficult major. Next fall, Culp will head to the University of Minnesota to pursue a master’s in electrical engineering.
Men: 5th in MIAC
The Pipers’ three-year run as MIAC champs came to an end, but Brendan Ruter ’13 (5th) and Nate Dobbins ’13 (6th) were named to the All-MIAC team. Ruter also made the Sportsmanship Team.
Women: 7th in MIAC
The women improved one slot from a year ago. Maria Theisen ’13 (7th) was their lone rep on the All-MIAC team.
Men: 11th in MIAC (3-12-3, 0-9-1 MIAC)
The team struggled offensively, but managed a big win over Buena Vista and set a school record in defeating Finlandia, 10-0, in the season finale. Greg Northrop ’14 earned honorable mention, and Eric Feil ’13 was named to the Sportsmanship Team.
Women: 8th in MIAC (12-5-1, 5-5-1 MIAC)
The women set a school record for wins (12) and shutouts (9), narrowly missing the playoffs. For the first time ever, Hamline had two players on the All-MIAC team—Aileen Scheibner ’15 and Jordan Sammons ’15. Kelsey Caracciolo ’13 earned honorable mention. Sammons also was named to the NSCAA All-Region Third Team.
9th in MIAC (1-9, 0-8 MIAC)
The Pipers opened the season with a win at UM-Morris, 38-31, but dropped the next nine in a row. Punter John Broback ’13, who finished 6th in the country, was named to the All-MIAC First Team. Patrick Page ’14, John-Michael Vandenberg ’13, and Stephen Girard ’13 earned Second Team honors.
In December, Hamline grad Chad Rogosheske ’98 was named the new head coach.
11th in MIAC (18-12, 1-10 MIAC)
The Pipers doubled their overall win total from a year ago, winning fifteen of sixteen matches in tournament play. Lynsey Reimer ’15 was named to the All-MIAC Sportsmanship Team.
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