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Morning Roundup: May 23, 2016

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Morning Roundup: May 23, 2016
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It’s our last week of publication but we have some excellent features lined up. Kicking off the week…

  • Max Schuman takes an in-depth look about the struggles men’s basketball coach Chris Collins has faced recruiting local talent.
  • Cole Paxton recaps the last baseball series of the season, which Northwestern won but set a record for futility.
  • Marty Johnson reviews Wildcat softball’s NCAA Regional bracket, consisting of three close contests.

And here’s a look at Monday’s back page:

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Morning Roundup: May 19, 2016

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Morning Roundup: May 19, 2016
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The Wildcats will wrap up most of their sports this weekend. Here’s what’s going on in the world of Northwestern athletics…

  • In the latest installment of our ‘Curtain Call’ series, Sophie Mann takes a look at the career of libero Caroline Niedospial, who became engrossed in the game of volleyball thanks to her older sister.
  • Joe Wilkinson recaps the men’s golf Regional where the Wildcats took seventh place.
  • Ben Pope previews the baseball team’s final series of the season.
  • Lacrosse player Kaleigh Craig earned third-team All-American honors.

And here’s a look at Thursday’s back page:

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Morning Roundup: May 18, 2016

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Morning Roundup: May 18, 2016
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With the academic quarter winding down, Northwestern sports are as well. However, that doesn’t mean we aren’t writing anymore…

  • Dan Waldman profiles wrestling coach Matt Storniolo in the latest edition of The Sideline, and how as the youngest coach in the Big Ten, Storniolo can greatly connect with his players.
  • Melissa Haniff and Marty Johnson discuss the softball team’s NCAA Regionals chances in a Roundtable.

And here’s a look at Wednesday’s back page:

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Morning Roundup: May 16, 2016

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Morning Roundup: May 16, 2016
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The Wildcats had a busy weekend of sports. We’ll catch you up to speed…

  • Dan Waldman recaps the lacrosse team’s humbling loss to Notre Dame in the NCAA Tournament.
  • Benjy Apelbaum describes the men’s tennis team falling short of its goals.
  • Melissa Haniff writes about the softball Big Ten Tournament, where the Wildcats lost but still remained eligible to gain an NCAA Tournament bid.
  • Joe Wilkinson previews the men’s golf NCAA Regionals as Northwestern prepares to face some tough teams.

And here’s a look at Monday’s back page:

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Softball: Wildcats will face Oklahoma State in Athens Regional

Northwestern (26-26, 15-8 Big Ten) will head to Athens, Georgia to face Oklahoma State (29-24, 6-11 Big 12) in NCAA Regionals this Friday, as the team attempts to earn a berth to the Women’s College World Series. On the other half of the Athens Regional bracket, No. 16 Georgia (who NU lost a close game to in March) will face Maine.

The Cats finished .500 on the season after losing in the Big Ten semifinals to Minnesota this weekend.

Morning Roundup: May 13, 2016

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Morning Roundup: May 13, 2016
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In the next installment of our Curtain Call series profiling Northwestern seniors, Benjy Apelbaum takes a look at men’s tennis senior Fedor Baev and his time with the Wildcats. Additionally, we have some weekend previews on tap…

  • Claire Hansen takes a look at the lacrosse team’s opening round game for the NCAA Tournament.
  • Garrett Jochnau writes about the men’s tennis team attempting to advance past the NCAA Regionals for the first time in a while.
  • Robbie Markus describes a women’s tennis team hungry for more success in their own NCAA Regional match after a solid Big Ten season.
  • Ben Pope highlights Senior Day festivities for the baseball team in their final home series against Cal.

And here’s a look at Friday’s back page:

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Morning Roundup: May 12, 2016

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Morning Roundup: May 12, 2016
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With most Northwestern teams beginning their postseason tournaments this weekend, we’ve started our preview coverage at The Daily. Here’s what you should know…

  • Melissa Haniff takes a look at the softball Big Ten Tournament and how the Wildcats are thankful for their first-round bye.
  • Mike Marut and Robbie Markus discuss the women’s tennis team’s chances in the weekend NCAA Regionals.
  • Garrett Jochnau and Benjy Apelbaum debate where this year’s men’s tennis team ranks in the annals of Northwestern history
  • Sophie Mann previews the cross country meet this weekend in nearby Naperville, Illinois.
  • Three football start times were announced Wednesday morning, including the Wildcats’ homecoming game.
  • Four softball players earned all-Big Ten honors, with Andrea Filler and Amy Letourneau taking home first team awards.
  • The grandson of Lou Malnati of the famous pizzeria chain walked on to the men’s basketball team, according to the Chicago Tribune.
  • Men’s golfer Dylan Wu qualified for the U.S. Open sectional qualifier, in addition to a volunteer assistant coach.
  • Former NU soccer star Joey Calistri made his first career MLS start Wednesday night.

And here’s a look at Thursday’s back page:

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Morning Roundup: May 9, 2016

Morning Roundup: May 9, 2016
(Keshia Johnson/The Daily Northwestern)

A busy weekend took place for Northwestern sports teams. Here’s what happened…

  • The lacrosse team made it to the Big Ten Tournament championship game but ultimately fell to Maryland.
  • Dan Waldman discusses how a big second-half run by the Terrapins ultimately sunk the Cats.
  • Despite the loss, the lacrosse team earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament and will face Louisville in the first round on Friday.
  • Joe Wilkinson recaps a successful run for the women’s golf team, which won their NCAA Regional bracket by 18 strokes.
  • In September, the Northwestern football team will host two prime time games against Duke and Nebraska.
  • Former baseball captain Kyle Ruchim had his contract with the independent Schaumburg Boomers purchased by the Chicago White Sox.

And here’s a look at Monday’s back page:

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To qualify runner for outdoor track NCAA Regionals, Northwestern has work to do

To qualify runner for outdoor track NCAA Regionals, Northwestern has work to do
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Northwestern’s cross country team is now roughly a month away from the end of its second outdoor track season since gaining NCAA sponsorship for track — a move that opened up huge new opportunities for the team. The track seasons in the winter and spring were once merely a chance for the Wildcats to stay sharp in the offseason, but NCAA sponsorship allowed the team to travel to run in high-profile meets and turned track into a main event after fall’s cross country season ended.

The sponsorship also allowed NU runners to qualify for the NCAA Championships at the end of the season. Last year, then-sophomore Andrea Ostenso qualified to run the 10,000m in the NCAA West Preliminary Championships after achieving a season-best of 34 minutes and 46 seconds during the outdoor season.

But this season, the now-junior Ostenso and fellow junior Jena Pianin, NU’s top two runners from last year, have battled injuries, jeopardizing the chances of sending a runner to the NCAA Regionals in coach ‘A Havahla Haynes’ first season at the helm of the team. And with the outdoor track schedule nearing its end, the Cats have a lot of work to do if they want to change that.

NU’s best hope for a regional qualifier is senior Elena Barham, who currently owns the 59th-best season-best in the 10,000m in the West region at 35 minutes and 52 seconds. While only the runners with the top 48 times in each event from a region receive an initial invitation to the NCAA Regionals, runners who qualify in multiple events often choose to focus on one event, opening spots for other runners. For example, Ostenso received her invitation last year after posting the 52nd-best 10,000m time in the West region.

But even with the potential of moving forward as runners turn down invitations, Barham might still be too far back to qualify. Last year’s final qualifier for the West Regional’s 10,000m race was Colorado State’s Rachael Rudel, who owned the 55th-best time in the region.

And historically, Barham’s time in the 10,000m would not put her near qualification for the NCAA Regionals. Her current time would have been the 87th-best in the West last year and the 88th-best in 2014. As the season comes to a close, it is likely that Barham’s current season-best time will fall back in the pack.

Ostenso is a dark horse to make a run for NCAA Regionals qualification, as she nearly broke 17 minutes in a 5,000m race this weekend and has personal-bests in both the 5,000m and 10,000m that would have given her a good chance to qualify this season. But after missing the entirety of fall’s cross country season with injury and with not much time left to get back to the heights of last year, the task might be too much to ask of her.

It seems that if Barham, Ostenso, or any other NU runner wants to make the NCAA West Regionals, they will need to improve their times before the end of the season. But with only two meets left on the schedule, it might be too late to stretch the Cats’ regional-qualifier streak to two years.