ROAR LION ROAR
Bierbaum, DiCrescenzo, Coleman, Miller Earn All-America Honors
By Jonathan Lemire ’01
Caroline Bierbaum '06 finished second in the 10,000 meters at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Sacramento on June 9, earning All-America honors for the third time this season.
Delilah DiCrescenzo '05 joined Bierbaum as an All-American by finishing ninth in the 3,000-meter steeplechase the following day. The top eight finishers in each race earn All-America honors, but DiCrescenzo moved up because there were two international competitors among the top eight. This is the first year Columbia women's outdoor track and field has had an All-American.
Bierbaum finished 1.16 seconds behind Colorado's Sara Slattery in the 10,000 meters and more than nine seconds ahead of third-place finisher Mary Cullen of Providence.
"This is a great ending to a phenomenal year for her," women's head coach Craig Lake said of Bierbaum. "She was third in the NCAA cross country meet, second in the 5,000 meters at the indoor nationals and now second here. She has established herself as one of the nation's premier distance runners."
Lake praised the determination and improvement shown by DiCrescenzo, who captained the Lions. "For her to leave as an All-American shows how tough she is and how much she's improved," said Lake.
In addition, Karl Dusen '05 finished 21st in the men's 10,000 meters and Erison Hurthault '07 finished fourth in his heat of the 400 meters and 20th overall.
ON TARGET: Columbia's women's archery team defeated Texas A&M to win the national championship in the recurve division at the U.S. Intercollegiate Archery Championships (USIAC) in Milledgeville, Ga., on May 22. Stephanie Miller '07 placed first in the qualifying round.
The Lions defeated Atlantic Cape Community College 196-121 and Diné College 191-165 to reach the final, where they beat the defending national champion Aggies 217-189.
Miller was fourth after the first day of shooting but came back from a 25-point deficit to place first with a final score of 1,241. With her score from this USIAC and her score from the qualifying rounds of the national indoor tournament earlier this year, Miller earned All-America honors.
ON THE WATER: Tara Coleman '05 Barnard, captain of the women's crew that compiled a 9-4 record, was named a Pocock Second Team All-American in voting sponsored by the boat manufacturer and conducted by the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association. Coleman and Libby Peters '06 were named to the All-Mid Atlantic Region First Team, and Jessica Mullin '06 made the Second Team.
NIXON'S THE ONE: Paul E. Nixon, an assistant women's basketball coach at Indiana since 2002, has been named women's head basketball coach. He succeeds Tory Verdi, who served as acting head coach following Traci Waites' resignation in February.
Nixon, a Vanderbilt graduate who was a volunteer assistant for the women's team and a manager for the men's team during his undergraduate years, also served as an assistant coach at Southern Misissippi, Nevada-Reno and Marshall. He received an M.S. in health, physical education and recreation from Marshall in 1996.
ALL-IVY: Congratulations to the following student-athletes who earned All-Ivy honors during the spring 2005 season:
First Team: Carrie Anderer '06 (lacrosse), Caroline Bierbaum '06 (women's track), Darren Bolton '05 (men's golf), Hilary Bontz '06 (women's track), Chris Condello '08 (men's golf), Delilah DiCrescenzo '05 (women's track), Erison Hurtault '07 (men's track), Alana Johnson '07 (women's golf), Milena Kachar '07 (women's tennis), Kacy Krisman '07 (softball), Marisa Marconi '05 (softball), Akshay Rao '05 (men's tennis), men's tennis doubles (Rao, Scott Robbin '06) and women's track 4x400-meter relay (Whitney Crayton '08, Kathryn Schlichtman '07, Osamuede Iyoha '08, Janice Burrell '06 Barnard).
Second Team: Jackie Adelfio '06 (softball), Rajeev Emany '05 (men's tennis), Gerry Groothuis '05 (men's track), Angela Hendry '08 (women's tennis), Tighe Holden '07 (baseball), Jimmy Moore '06 (men's tennis), Bill Purdy '08 (baseball), Lisa Stublic '06 (women's track), Tenke Zoltani '06 (women's track) and women's track 4x800-meter relay (DiCrescenzo, Kurstin Nelms '08, Sarah Decker '07, Bontz).
Honorable Mention: Shelle Borton '06 (softball), Marcela Calidonio '06 (lacrosse), Kate Lombard '07 (lacrosse), Lacie Nelson '06 (softball) and Craig Rodwogin '07 (baseball).
ALL-ACADEMIC: Further congratulations go to the 10 student-athletes who earned Academic All-Ivy honors for the spring 2005 season: Carrie Anderer '06 (lacrosse), Caroline Bierbaum '06 (women's track), Hilary Bontz '06 (women's track), Tara Coleman '05 Barnard (women's rowing), Marisa Marconi '05 (softball), Karl Dusen '05 (men's track), Rajeev Emany '05 (men's tennis), Tighe Holden '07 (baseball), Patrick Horst '05 (men's track and field) and Scott Robbin '06 (men's tennis).