Tribe notes: Women's gymnastics team to sponsor Suicide Prevention 5K

William and Mary gymnastics will team with Active Minds to sponsor the third annual Suicide Prevention Walk 8 a.m. Saturday at the W&M Campus Rec.

Online registration ($10 online, $11 day of event) is available here.

More details about the event are available at the Suicide Prevention 5K Walk Facebook page.

Women's gymnastics senior Olivia O'Connor said in a school release, "Mental health is an important issue on campus and something that affects many college students across the country, including many student-athletes. The walk is a great way to get people involved and start a conversation about an issue that can be difficult to discuss. It's an opportunity for us to support the cause and end the stigma associated with the problem."

All funds raised by the team will be divided between the W&M chapter of Active Minds and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

Baseball

Former W&M pitcher Mitchell Aker signed a minor league deal with the Arizona Diamondbacks this week.

Aker appeared as a starter in reliever last season as a senior, making 19 appearances with seven starts. He picked up three wins and finished his career with nine victories and six career saves.

The Arlington native spent the summer playing in the indpendent ranks with the Utica Unicorns.

He will head to Diamondbacks spring training in February.

Cross country

W&M redshirt junior David Barney was named the men's CAA Runner of the Week after leading the Tribe at the Panorama Farms Invitational last weekend. 

Barney led W&M with a 21st-place finish overall, crossing the finish line in a career-best 24:31.5. As a team, the Tribe finished sixth overall out of 14 teams, and rose in the regional rankings three spots to check in at No. 8 this week.

W&M junior Regan Rome repeated as the Colonial Athletic Association Runner of the Week on Tuesday after winning last weekend's Panorama Farms Invitational. 

She crossed the finish in 17:01.1 to win by 3.5 seconds, and picked up her fifth career win.

Coming into the season, Rome's best-ever 5K time on the trails was a 17:44 from at home last fall.  With the win, she improved to 11th in the latest Flotrack.org Saucony/Flo50 individual rankings, up from 17th to start the year. 

As a team, the Tribe finished fifth overall out of 13 teams in the race, and remained at No. 3 in the Southeast Region.

Men’s soccer

W&M and James Madison to a scoreless draw Tuesday in an 80-minute match shortened by lightning.

The Tribe (5-3-2, 0-1-2 CAA) will host Northeastern in a league match 7 p.m. Saturday.

Football

W&M punter Hunter Windmuller was selected as a semifinalist for the 2016 Campbell Trophy.
 
The award recognizes an individual as the best football scholar-athlete in the nation. Among the 156 semifinalists are 99 Division I standouts (66 FBS / 36 FCS).
 
Windmuller earned first-team all-conference honors last season after leading the CAA in punting average (43.8).
 
A two-time CAA All-Conference Academic Team honoree, Windmuller will graduate with a degree in marketing this winter.

The Fairfax native is also an Eagle Scout and is currently pursuing a pilot's license.

Men's golf

W&M finished its weekend at the Jackrabbit Invitational on Tuesday evening, shooting a 291 (+3) in the final round to finish seventh overall out of 12 teams at 881 (+17). 

Clemson won the event at 847 (-17), two strokes ahead of Missouri, and the Tigers' Doc Redman clinched the wire-to-wire individual victory by six strokes with a score of 203 (-13).

 

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