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Summer 2000
Vol. 4. No. 4

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Softball Repeats As Regional Runnerup

First-team all-American Kristi BredbennerThe Truman softball team (44-12 overall) finished its season in the championship game of the NCAA South Central Regional Tournament for the second year in a row. The Bulldogs also claimed their first Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association title since 1986.

Kristy Schroeder was named MIAA coach of the year for the second consecutive season and is 90-23 (.796) following her second year at Truman.

The Bulldogs broke team records for doubles (78), home runs (34) and RBIs (230), and started off with an 8-0 record. They began conference play with a 6-0 winning streak, before Washburn handed the 'Dogs a pair of losses. Truman racked up another six MIAA wins before splitting with Pittsburg State, and beat Missouri-Rolla twice to end regular season action.

Truman won both games the first day of the league tournament, but fell to Washburn on day two. The 'Dogs fought their way back by defeating the fifth-ranked team in the South Central region, Missouri Southern, for the fourth time in 2000. The Bulldogs then did what seemed to be impossible and beat WU twice for the MIAA title.

The 'Dogs were seeded fourth and led off by playing host and No. 1 seed Mesa State (Colo.) in the NCAA tournament. Truman lost 5-1, but continued in the double-elimination tournament, sending Southeastern Oklahoma State home.

The Bulldogs also beat Nebraska-Kearney and went on to play Mesa State for the championship, succumbing to the home team, 5-0.

The 'Dogs had their first first-team all-America since 1988 as catcher Kristi Bredbenner was named to the Louisville Slugger/National Fastpitch Coaches Association squad after earning first-team all-region honors. Bredbenner set Truman single season standards for doubles (20), hits (75), home runs (16), RBIs (51), total bases (143), slugging percentage (.894) and batting average (.469). She also broke school career records for home runs (25) and RBIs (119), and single game marks for four-baggers and RBIs when she hit three homers and had eight RBIs vs. Emporia.

Bredbenner led the MIAA in batting average, slugging percentage, on base percentage (.550) and home runs. She was second in the MIAA in RBIs (40) and third in doubles (20). Bredbenner finished the season ranked 13th in NCAA Division II batting average, tied for fifth in home runs (0.29 pg) and was 16th in doubles (0.36 pg). She was named first-team all-MIAA, as well as the league's MVP.

Sophomore Jen Hulsopple led the MIAA in winning percentage (.781) and was fourth in ERA (1.22) and fifth in strikeout average (4.88). Among DII leaders, Hulsopple tied for 16th in most victories. She broke Truman records for single season appearances (37), games started (32), complete games (31) and innings pitched (229.2), and set a new school mark for career wins (53). Hulsopple was named first-team all-MIAA for the second consecutive season.

A second-team all-MIAA pick, senior shortstop Megan Sullivan left her name on nine Truman records. Added to her collection this season were career marks for hits (200), at-bats (555), runs (109), doubles (50), batting average (.360), slugging percentage (.505) and assists (475). She tied with senior designated player Jen Wright for career games played with 181 since 1997.

Senior right fielder Christine Schamber was also named second-team all-MIAA after hitting .328 to finish third among the regulars.

Senior first baseman Stephanie Schlegel added to her Truman career record for stolen bases, finishing the year with 65, and also holds school career marks for putouts (1,334) and total chances (1,447). She set new Bulldog standards for single season at-bats (178), stolen bases (37), runs (42), putouts (542) and total chances. Schlegel broke the MIAA career record for put-outs as well, and was named honorable mention all-MIAA.

Senior left fielder Michelle Rackers, junior third baseman Missy Kane, junior second baseman Heather Mackie, Wright and freshman pitcher Britni Buford were also honorable mention all-MIAA selections. Wright completed her career ranked second among Truman career leaders in at bats (535), home runs (13) and RBIs (110), while Mackie was named to the GTE second-team academic all-America contingent.

MIAA Sweep For Women's Track And Field

After winning the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association indoor and outdoor championships, the Truman women's track and field team qualified 10 individuals for the NCAA Division II Outdoor Track and Field Championships. All 10 individuals came home with all-America honors as the team tied for 16th overall. It was Truman's best outdoor national finish since 1990 when it placed 10th.

Junior Natasha Carter was the top finisher for the 'Dogs, coming in third in the hammer throw (174'-7"), and was 10th in the shot put (44'-9"). Sophomore Beth Luebbering took fifth in the 10,000-meter run (36:40.61) and was 13th in the 3,000-meter run (10:22.75). Seventh-place finishes were charted by sophomore Karena Singleton in the triple jump (38'-8.25") and junior Kristi Morton in the pole vault (11'-3.75").

Sophomore Megan Williams was eighth in 100-meter hurdles (14.56), as was the Truman women's 4x400-meter relay squad (3:47.28) comprised of seniors Molly Kandlbinder and Lauren Dorsey, and sophomores Kasye Hahn and Jamille Curry. Senior Dafros Mudyirwa placed eighth in the long jump (19').

Beth LuebberingThe women won 11 of 20 events at the MIAA outdoor championships to claim their first outdoor title since 1983. Truman finished the meet with 189 points, 19.75 points better than second-place Emporia, the defending champion.

Luebbering was the women's high-point individual, scoring 30 points with three conference championships in the 3,000-, 5,000- and 10,000-meter runs.

Mudyirwa established a school record and a stadium record in the long jump with a mark of 20'-2.25". It was her third outdoor league title in the long jump.

Kandlbinder posted first-place finishes in the 100- and 200-meter dashes, and Morton won the pole vault with a conference and stadium record vault of 11'-5.75".

In the hammer throw, Carter tossed a new stadium mark of 165' for first place.

Another Bulldog conference championship came in the 400-meter dash, where Hahn turned in a career-best time of 56.89 seconds. In the 100-meter hurdles, Williams won with a time of 14.22 seconds.

The women's 4x100-meter relay squad also repeated as conference champion as Kandlbinder, Mudyirwa, senior Sa-Tonya Carter and Singleton finished in 47.40 seconds.

It marked the first time in program history that Truman won MIAA titles for the indoor and outdoor seasons of the same academic year.

Reinberg Is MIAA Athlete Of The Year
Jason ReinbergJason Reinberg, who graduated from Truman with a perfect 4.0 GPA in biology/pre-medicine this past spring, was the recipient of the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association's Ken B. Jones Student-Athlete of the Year award.

Reinberg, a 6-5 forward for the Bulldog men's basketball team and runner-up for the award last year, is a two-time GTE first-team academic all-America and a three-time GTE first-team academic all-district selection. This past season, he was named honorable mention all-MIAA after averaging a conference-best 8.9 rebounds per game to go with 12.7 points an outing. Reinberg also led the Bulldogs in assists (83/3.1 apg) and steals (24/0.9 spg) for the third straight year.

Reinberg tallied 10 of the 11 first-place votes, scoring 32 points and outdistancing second-place Bruno Amizic of Missouri-Rolla by 22.

"Jason has been an outstanding example of a student-athlete over his entire career," said Truman head men's basketball coach Jack Schrader. "He ended up as a valedictorian of his senior class and represented himself, the University and the conference exceptionally well at the national and local levels."

In the classroom, Reinberg, an aspiring physician, claimed his third MIAA Presidential Scholar honor and was a 2000 recipient of an NCAA postgraduate scholarship. An eight-time Truman scholar-athlete, Reinberg has been a three-time honoree on the MIAA Commissioner's Academic Honor Roll, a two-time academic all-MIAA qualifier and a finalist for the Walter Byers Scholarship. He received special recognition from the Truman biology department for being one of four students to attain a 4.0 GPA.

Reinberg has also been active in the community, serving as a member of Blue Key and a volunteer for Red Cross. He has also volunteered for the Kirksville food pantry and was a member of the Catholic Newman Center and Alpha Kappa Lambda social fraternity. Reinberg also collected food this past year for the MIAA Student-Athlete Advisory Committee/Captain's Round Table Food Drive.

He ended his career as the only player in Truman history to currently rank in the school's top five for points, rebounds, assists and free throws. Reinberg ranks second among all-time Bulldogs in free throws made (343), third in rebounds (915) and fifth in scoring (1,429 points) and assists (320).

A preseason all-America, according to Street & Smith's, Basketball Times and Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook, Reinberg tallied nine double-doubles in 1999-00, giving him 33 for his career. He scored in double figures in 20 games this past season and achieved the feat 80 times in 114 career games.

Reinberg is a native of Washington, Mo., and a graduate of St. Francis Borgia High School.

Froelker Second In NCAA Decathlon
Chad FroelkerThe Bulldogs ended up tied for 27th overall at the 2000 NCAA Division II Men's Track and Field Championships, with a total of eight points.

All of those points were produced by junior Chad Froelker from Owensville, Mo., who placed second in the decathlon. Froelker, who led after the first day of the championships, finished with 7,179 points, just 47 points off the pace set by national champion Lee McCown of Angelo State (Texas). It was Froelker's second all-America honor, as he also achieved it in 1997-98 with a sixth-place finish in the decathlon. Froelker, who also won the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association decathlon, was the only national qualifier from the Truman men's squad.

In the NCAA decathlon, Froelker won the 100-meter dash (11.06), the 400-meter dash (48.09), the 110-meter hurdles (15.23) and the 1,500-meter run (4:24.88).

The Bulldogs finished fourth out of seven schools at the MIAA outdoor conference championships at Pittsburg, Kan. They had 10 athletes earn all-conference honors and five were multiple all-MIAA performers. Sophomore Andy Doering was second in the 10,000-meter run and third in the 5,000-meter run. Sophomore Ben Rosario was fourth and fifth in the 10,000 and 5,000, respectively.

Junior Danny McDonald took fifth place in the 400-meter dash and also had a leg on the Bulldogs' third-place 4x400-meter relay team. Freshman Jake Kingery was third in the high jump with a leap of 6'-5.5" and was also a member of the men's 4x400-meter relay squad. That squad also included senior Keith Aumiller and junior Vasean Nixon. Junior Ryan Easley placed second in the hammer throw, while also collecting a fifth-place mark in the javelin.

Junior Nick Blackburn placed second in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, and Aumiller posted a second-place finish in the 400-meter hurdles.

Bulldog Briefs
John SloopJohn Sloop named Head coach for women's Basketball
John Sloop has been hired as the new women's basketball head coach at Truman. Sloop has experience with some top names in Missouri college and high school basketball. Most recently, he has been serving as the men's assistant basketball coach at Truman for the past five seasons under Jack Schrader.

After he graduated from Maryville University in St. Louis in 1991, Sloop served under Charlie Spoonhour for a season at Southwest Missouri State University before moving to St. Louis University with Spoonhour for the next two seasons. He was an assistant coach at Southwest Missouri State University during the 1994-95 season for Mark Bernsen.

Sloop began his coaching career while still in college when he was hired by his former high-school basketball coach as an assistant at Lafayette High School in St. Louis. In 1992, he served as head coach of the Springfield Kings, a girls 16-and-under Amateur Athletic Union team. Sloop replaces Karin Nicholls who resigned in May to take the head job at the University of Texas-Pan American.

Pumroy Fills Assistant Athletics Director Job; Eggering Named Senior Woman Administrator
B.J. Pumroy

A little restructuring has taken place in the Truman Athletics Department. B.J. Pumroy has assumed the role of assistant director of athletics for compliance and eligibility, while head volleyball coach Becky Eggering has been named senior woman administrator.

Pumroy has served the past eight years as head baseball coach at Truman. He is a 1992 graduate of Truman and received his master's degree in education with a specialization in sports management from Northwestern State University (La.) in 1997.

Becky Eggering


Eggering, who has coached the Bulldogs for the past three seasons, will remain in the coaching ranks while serving as senior woman administrator. She is a 1993 graduate of William and Mary (Va.), and received a master's degree from Murray State (Ky.) in 1997. Eggering is from Old Monroe, Mo.

Eggering and Pumroy fill vacancies left by Kathy Turpin who resigned in May, taking a position at the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs.