KOKOMO, Ind. – A pair of Indiana University Kokomo student-athletes picked up conference honors last week, including Northwestern graduate Taryn Thor. The IU Kokomo junior was 10th overall at the Indiana Intercollegiates to earn River States Conference Women’s Cross Country Runner of the Week for Sept. 11-17.

Thor had a time of 23 minutes, 26 seconds in the 6K race. She was competing against many NCAA Division I runners from across the state of Indiana. There were a total of 117 runners in the field.

The Cougars will next compete Sept. 30 at the Greater Louisville Classic.

Cougar freshman Macee Rudy led the Cougars’ back row in a pair of conference wins to pick up River States Conference Volleyball Defender of the Week for Sept. 11-17.

The native of Middletown, Ind., got her first starts at libero and made the most of it with 19 digs in a win over Carlow and 16 in a win over Point Park. She recorded a serve percentage of 1.000, and a reception percentage of .914 for the two matches.

IU Kokomo got out to a 2-0 start in the RSC play and evened its overall record at 8-8 with the victories. Rudy averaged 5.83 digs per set on the week.

Women’s golf introduces new players

The IU Kokomo women’s golf team introduced a pair of new players to their tournament team at the Heidelberg University Fall Invite where the team sat in third at the end of day one and finished fourth out of 13 teams with a score of 690. The event was held at the par-72 Mohawk Country Club in Tiffin, Ohio.

Kokmo graduate AnneMarie Balsbaugh earned a top-five finish with her total score of 164 (18 over par), taking fourth place out of 78 golfers. This is the second time this year she has posted putting stats of under 30 putts for a round.

With a top-ten finish, Brandi Jones shot a 170 for eighth place. Western graduate Hattie Johnson had a career personal best tournament score of 81 and a best two-day summary score of 175, tying her for 15th place. Mackenzi Crosley and Mattie Tom made their first tournament appearance for the Cougars. Tom finished scored 182 for a 31st place finish and Crosley tied for 49th with a 192.

“Even though we lost one spot going from third to fourth, the team did a great job of fighting it out,” said IUK head coach Julie Wagner. “They did everything it takes to make a move on day two, another team just did better. This was a difficult course to play and they did a fantastic job of navigating around it. This is a team that wants to succeed in every match they play and they continue to show that.”

The Cougars are back in action on Sept. 30 when they compete in the Earlham College Invitational at the Forest Hills Country Club in Richmond.

Courtesy of IU Kokomo and River States Conference


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