When Kayla Beattie stepped to the start line at the Pac-12 Championships cross country meet in Colorado last week, she had a confident thought.
“I knew it was going to be a good day for the Wildcats,” said Beattie, a Woodstock graduate.
Beattie, a sophomore for the University of Arizona’s Wildcats, already knew that her sister Elise’s team, the University of New Hampshire Wildcats, had won the America East Conference title earlier in the day.
Kayla Beattie followed through by finishing fifth in the 6-kilometer race in 21:20 to lead Arizona – ranked No. 1 in the nation – to its first conference title in school history.
“It was definitely an exciting weekend for us,” Kayla Beattie said.
At the America East race at Binghamton (N.Y.) University, Elise Beattie, a senior who also graduated from Woodstock, placed 11th in 18:09.65 for UNH, which won the 5K conference title race after finishing second for the past three years.
“We knew we had a decent chance of winning, but all the pieces had to go together,” Elise Beattie said.
UNH had its top five runners finish between sixth and 12th place.
“I was glad to be able to push my teammates and have my teammates push me,” Elise Beattie said.
In her first season at Arizona after transferring from Iowa, Kayla Beattie finished in the top seven in every meet and won two individual titles this fall.
“I’m happy,” said Beattie, who battled illness during her three semesters at Iowa. “When you’re happy, you perform your best. I feel really good, for the first time in two years.”
Kayla Beattie said she has been diagnosed with “a couple of [gastrointestinal] conditions,” including Celiac disease, an immune reaction to eating gluten.
“It’s a disease, but it can be fixed,” she said. “I eat a lot of natural, organic foods. I pack a lot of my own snacks and we call ahead to restaurants (on the road). The coaches have been great about it.”
Elise Beattie has dealt with her own challenge the past two semesters. As a nursing major, she has had clinical rotations at a hospital off campus as part of her coursework since last winter.
“You’re off campus and you’re on your feet a lot,” she said. “But this semester hasn’t been too bad for me.”
The sisters have at least one more race remaining. Arizona will compete in the NCAA West Regional Nov. 15 in Sacramento, Calif., and New Hampshire races the same day at the Northeast Regional in New York City.
D-III website honors PR grad: Dubuque University senior quarterback Bryan Bradshaw was named to D3Football.com’s Team of the Week on Tuesday after passing for a school- and Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference-record 500 yards and four touchdowns in a 50-46 loss Nov. 2 to Simpson.
Bradshaw, a Prairie Ridge grad, was 27 for 39 passing and finished with 513 yards of total offense. He threw TDs of 3, 13, 13 and 31 yards with no interceptions for the Spartans (4-4).
For the season, Bradshaw leads the conference in passing yards a game (301.2) and passing TDs (24).
Horizon hotshot: Wisconsin-Milwaukee freshman women’s soccer goalkeeper Paige Lincicum (Cary-Grove) was named Monday as the Horizon League’s Defensive Player of the Week.
Lincicum made five saves Nov. 1 in a 1-0 victory against Oakland that clinched the regular-season conference title for the Panthers (8-8-1), who have won 14 league titles in a row. The victory against Oakland was Lincicum’s third shutout of the season.
Iowa soccer standout: Cary-Grove grad Tommy Breen, a sophomore goalkeeper at Luther College, was named Monday as the Iowa Conference men’s soccer Defensive Player of the Week while helping the team to a share of the league title.
In 1-0 victories last week against Wartburg and Central, Breen made a combined 10 saves. Against Central, he stopped two penalty shots.
He has compiled five shutouts this season for the Norse (14-6) and a 0.81 goals-against average.
Top Colonel: Marian Central grad Dena Ott, a junior libero for D-I Eastern Kentucky’s volleyball team, won the Ohio Valley Conference Defensive Player of the Week award on Monday.
Ott had 50 combined digs in wins last week against Jacksonville State and Tennessee Tech. Ott led all players with 26 digs against JSU and 24 against TTU.
Ott ranks third in the OVC this season with 4.77 digs per set for EKU (15-13).
Petty paces Stars: Kelly Petty, a senior forward for D-III Dominican University’s women’s soccer team, was chosen for the All-Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference second team this month.
A Marian Central grad, Petty led the Stars (3-12-1) with 11 goals, four assists and 26 points this season. Her 38 career goals is the third-highest total in school history.
• Barry Bottino writes a weekly column and a blog about local college athletes for the Northwest Herald. Write to him at BarryOnCampus@hotmail.com, check out his On Campus blog at McHenryCountySports.com and follow him on Twitter @BarryOnCampus.