UT Tyler athletes keep reeling in the honors.
Patriots cross country runner Jeff Chandler and soccer goalkeeper Sergio Gardea earned American Southwest Conference awards this week.
For the second straight week Chandler, a senior from Longview (Spring Hill High School) won the Cross Country Runner of the Week after leading the Patriots to a second-place finish in the Rhodes Invitational on Saturday in Memphis, Tenn.
Chandler ran an ASC season-best 8K time of 25 minutes and 44 seconds to finish fifth place overall in the meet.
The Patriots, ranked No. 5 in the South/Southeast Region, finished with 88 team points with top 10 finishes from Chandler and Ross Renfroe, a senior from Tyler. Renfroe (Grace Community School) placed sixth in a time of 26 minutes.
The Patriots were runner-up only to NCAA Division I University of Memphis. UT Tyler edged Cornell College and host Rhodes, who both had 90 team points.
Nicklas Huff (Holly Lake Ranch/Harmony HS) and Will Krogman (Mesquite/Poteet HS) also finished in the top 25 for UT Tyler, with times of 27:04 and 27:31, respectively. Ford Noack (Tomball) had a 33rd place time of 27:39.
In the women’s field, UT Tyler placed ninth out 12 teams. Ginny Murphy (Ovilla Christian HS) was the top runner for the Patriots’ women, posting a 25:10 time for 33rd place. Audrey Halicke of Allen (25:37), Baylee Talaska of San Antonio (O’Connor HS) (26:10), Meagan Whetstone of Linden (Linden-Kildare HS) (27:21) and Missy Hebert of Hudson (27:31) rounded out the top five for UT Tyler.
Memphis also won the women’s meet with 34 team points. Rhodes was second with 69.
The Patriots will split up for their next meets on Oct. 15, with the men’s team headed to the NCAA Pre-National Meet in Oshkosh, Wis., and the women running in the Centenary Invitational in Shreveport, La.
Gardea, a junior from El Paso, posted back-to-back shutouts in conference road games against Schreiner and Texas Lutheran to earned ASC Men’s Soccer Defensive Player of the Week.
Gardea, a transfer from Cisco College and a graduate of Americas High School, posted a combined six saves as the Patriots went 2-0. He is tied for the conference lead with four shutouts on the season.
Against Schreiner in Kerrville on Thursday, the Patriots scored a 2-0 win as Taylor Nelson-Cook (Arlington) and Justin NeSmith (Wiley) scored goals.
On Saturday, the Patriots beat Texas Lutheran, 6-0, in Seguin. Victor Almendariz (Guayaquil, Ecuador/Richland College) and Elijah Shipman (Lindale) each had two goals and an assist. Adding goals were Erick DeSantiago (Little Elm) and Richard Gutierrez (Fort Worth/Azle HS/Richland College).
Adding assists were Jake Urbaniak (Fort Worth/Paschal HS), Parker Hood (Houston/Westside HS), Luis Jaimes (Garland/North Garland HS/Richland College) and Jesus Morteo (Spring/Klein Oak HS).
The Patriots (8-1, 5-1 ASC) host two games this weekend at Citizens 1st Bank-Perkins Soccer Complex. On Thursday, UT Tyler meets LeTourneau (7:30 p.m.); and on Saturday the Patriots play East Texas Baptist (7:30 p.m.).
The Patriots claimed two victories in their South Texas swing as well.
UT Tyler scored wins over Schreiner (3-0) in Kerrville and Texas Lutheran (5-0) in Seguin.
Eight different players scored the goals.
On Friday, goals by Kristen Steele (North Richland Hills/Richland HS), Lindsey Edwards (Katy) and Julie Williams (Garland/South Garland HS/Richland College) led the Patriots to the win at Schreiner. All three goals came in the second half, beginning with Steele’s unassisted score in the 51st minute. Megan Vlam (Waco/transfer from Prairie View A&M) led all players with seven shots, followed by five from Emily Bechdol (Cedar Hill), who also added an assist.
Paige Harris (Keller/Fort Worth Nolan Catholic HS) was in goal for the blanking.
The offense continued to roll on Saturday, scoring the win over Texas Lutheran.
Scoring goals for the Patriots were Bechdol, Charity Shipman (Lindale), Caitlin Cronan (Flower Mound), Kayley Coggin (Tyler/Whitehouse HS) and Meredith Krause (Spring/Klein HS). Assists were from Jordan Johnson (Universal City/Converse Judson HS), Cronan and Coggin.
Harris had four saves against TLU and Macy Hurley (Sulphur Springs) played the last portion of the second half.
The Patriots (6-4, 5-1 ASC) host two games this weekend at Citizens 1st Bank-Perkins Soccer Complex. On Thursday, UT Tyler meets LeTourneau (5:30 p.m.) and East Texas Baptist (5:30 p.m.).
The Patriots were undefeated in the first ASC Dig Pink Crossover Challenge of the season, going 3-0 in Seguin.
UT Tyler (13-6, 6-2 ASC) scored wins over Sul Ross State, Texas Lutheran and Schreiner.
On Friday, the Patriots won over Schreiner 3-1 (25-19, 22-25, 25-23, 25-23). Breanna Brummett (Little Elm/Wakeland HS) blasted a team-high 12 kills. She was helped by 26 assists from Madison Kosir (Magnolia) and 22 digs from Emily Wood (Waller).
Later that evening, UT Tyler swept Texas Lutheran 3-0 (25-19, 25-21, 25-19). Brummett and Kosir each had 11 kills in the win. Kayte Stein (Houston/Westside HS) provided defensive relief, assisting on five blocks.
On Saturday, the Patriots rolled over Sul Ross State 3-0 (25-9, 25-22, 25-11). Brummett continued her breakout weekend in the Patriots’ finale, contributing a game-high 14 kills. Kosir had 21 assists, 10 digs and 11 kills. Danika Waldrep (Arlington/Fort Worth Nolan Catholic HS) also had 11 kills in the effort.
This weekend, the Patriots will host the ASC Dig Pink Crossover Challenge II at the Herrington Patriot Center.
On Friday, the Patriots meet McMurry (noon) and Hardin-Simmons (5 p.m.), while on Saturday they play Concordia (12:30 p.m.) and Howard Payne (5:30 p.m.).
UT Tyler baseball coach Paul Wyczawski announced that the Patriots will hold a high school skills camps for student-athletes at Irwin Field on the UT Tyler campus. The camp date is set for Saturday, Oct. 15.
The skills camp is for high-school aged players (9th-12th grades) and will run from 10 a.m. to approximately 4 p.m. The cost is $85 for position players and $60 for pitchers only.
The camp will include specialized instruction on hitting, defense, base running and throwing by position. A simulated game will also be played where each pitcher will throw live to hitters.