In indoor track, strong freshman and sophomore classes are sparking optimism for the outdoor season. Transfer freshman Jared Miller (Bremen, Ind./Bremen) and junior Kent Biller (Nappanee, Ind./Northwood) have been a potent one–two punch for the Thunder through four indoor meets. Miller won the 200 meter dash at Trine Invitational No. 1. Miller also claimed first place at Invitational No. 2. Both have been consistently placing in the 60-meter and 200-meter races at other indoor meets.
Dustin Stutzman, (Topeka, Ind./Westview) in the shot put, is close to qualifying for the national indoor meet. Stutzman is just 29 centimeters (at press time) from earning a provisional entry to the Indoor national championship. Miller is just .14 seconds away from a provisional qualifying mark in the 60 meter dash.
Freshman Rachel Bly (Auburn, Ind./DeKalb) won the 400–meter dash at her first collegiate event. Freshman Brandi Corkins (Brighton, Mich./Brighton) is on pace to break school distance records. She won the 800–meter run and finished second twice in January and February.
Trine University found its self among the elite in NCAA football not once, but twice in December. Quarterback Eric Watt received the 2010 Gagliardi Trophy, which is Division III football's most prestigious individual award that recognizes a student-athlete's excellence in football, academics and community service.
Meanwhile, Head Coach Matt Land was one of five finalists for the Liberty Mutual National Coach of the Year. The award recognizes coaches for their sportsmanship, integrity, responsibility and excellence and for giving back to their teams, schools and communities, on and off field.
This season, the Thunder qualified for their third-consecutive NCAA playoff and climbed as high as No. 8 in the American Football Coaches Association Top 25 poll and No. 12 in the d3football.com. The Thunder have gone 29-1 in the last three regular seasons, climbing the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Crowns in 2008, 2009 and 2010.
Click here to view the Eric Watt – Gagliardi trophy winner – video.
Click here for the Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year page and Matt Land Video.
The men′s basketball team is currently 12–13, 4–10 in the conference. Thunder guard Ian Jackson was a d3hoops.com player of the week early in the season. He has also won MIAA Player of the Week twice. The Thunder seem to be hitting their stride as they′ve won three straight, four–of–five games heading into the final week of the season. The men′s MIAA tournament will be underway Feb. 23 against Calvin.
Trine wrestling finished the regular season 8–7 in dual meets after climbing as high as No. 22 in the Brute Adidas National Wrestling Coaches Association Poll. The Thunder shared first place at the Chuck Porter duals at Knox College and placed second at the Dick Walker Invitational at Wartburg College.
George Markou (189, Peru, Ind./Peru) won the 174–pound class at the Indiana Little State. Elias Larson (165, Orland Park, Ill./Marion Catholic) was honored as d3wrestle.com′s wrestler of the week in early February. The Mid–States wrestling conference named Larson its co–wrestler of the year while Markou was the outstanding wrestler of their tournament. At that same tournament, 197–pound wrestler Alex Fleet (Lowell, Mich./Lowell) won his fourth–consecutive conference title this winter.
Women′s basketball is currently 7–17 overall, 5–11 in the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association and is preparing for the conference tournament opener Tuesday, Feb. 22, against Saint Mary′s.
Stay current with the latest Thunder scores and results by visiting our athletic Website.
Steven Kapasta of Boulder City, Nev., had the winning raffle ticket for the Thunder Club′s car giveaway. His ticket was selected during halftime of the Trine–Alma men′s basketball game Jan. 29. Kapasta won a 2010 Pontiac G–6 courtesy of Lakeside Motors in Angola.
Proceeds benefit the Thunder Club and Trine′s nearly 600 student–athletes.
The Thunder Club would like to thank all who participated and supported the raffle.
Most Trine spring sports teams will be on the road during spring break, March 6–13. If you are close to any of these venues, we encourage you to consider watching a game or two.
The baseball team will open its season in Auburndale, Fla., near Winter Haven. Click here for more information.
The softball team will also head to the Sunshine State. The Thunder will play 10 games in Kissimmee, FL. Click here for more information.
The men′s and women′s tennis teams will play in Hilton Head, S.C. The team is headquartered at the Hilton Head Beach and Tennis Resort. Fans wishing to catch up with the Thunder are encouraged to click here for resort info.
Trine′s men′s and women′s lacrosse teams will visit Texas and Arkansas. Both teams will play a Sunday afternoon doubleheader March 6 at the University of Dallas. Click here for information.
The women will face the University of Texas′s Club team Wednesday evening in Austin. Click here for information.
The men will finish up at Southwestern Thursday, March 10, in Georgetown, Texas, and finish up trip Sunday morning at Hendrix College in Conway, Ark. Click here for information.
The men′s golf team will spend the week around Atlanta, Ga., The team will play rounds at the Country Club of Roswell Tuesday, March 8, and Wednesday, March 9. Click here for information. The team will play an early morning round at Berkeley Hills Country Club Wednesday, March 10. Click here for information. And, they will face Oglethorpe University in the afternoon. Click here for information.
The women′s golf team will head to Primm, Nev., where players will spend a week at the Primm Valley Golf Resort. The team will arrive March 6 and depart March 12. The week includes a match Friday, March 11, with South Dakota State University at the resort′s Desert Course. Click here for more information.
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