in Nation for Track and Field. Women's Softball Team
highest national finish in 15 years for the men's track and field team
topped the season for the thinclads. The men's team, behind Tad Baltzer's
national discus championship with a throw of 153-9, placed third; the best
finish since 1984's third-place team finish with two national champions.
the men, in addition to Baltzer, Andrew Levin was third nationally in the
decathlon with 6,486 points and David Wood was third in the discus at
151-8. The men's team also won its ninth consecutive regional title.
(Ricks tied for first place in 1991.)
nationally the entire season, Ricks won a fourth consecutive regional
title. At the national finals the Lady Vikings defeated Briarcliffe, N.Y.,
4-0, in their opening game. After an early game the next day, a 4-3 loss
to St. Louis-Meramec, Ricks entered the loser's bracket. Playing four
games in one day, including
the loss, Ricks rebounded to defeat Illinois Central 3-0, followed by
Pratt, Kans., 8-1, and Chattanooga State, Tenn., 3-0. On the final day of
the tourney Ricks avenged its earlier loss, defeating St. Louis-Meramec
8-1, before bowing to Lake City, Fla., 2-9, to settle for third place.
began the season ranked first nationally by the National Junior College
Rasmussen-Thueson (95) was named new assistant coach replacing Kendall
Grant (85) earlier this year. Rasmussen-Thueson was a First Team
All-American for Ricks as a sophomore. She went on to play for the
University of Utah for two years. There her team reached the NCAA tourney
both years. She has been coaching high school girl's basketball.
five wins at a season-opening tourney in late August, Coach JoAnn Reeve
became only the second person in NJCAA history to surpass 800 career wins.
Reeve is in her 25th season of coaching women's volleyball at Ricks. She
was inducted into the NJCAA Volleyball #Coaches Association Hall of Fame last year.
Seven Ricks College athletic teams achieved
the top rank academically of all junior college teams during the 1998-99
school year. They are women's cross country (3.79 GPA), women's basketball
(3.56), men's basketball (3.37), men's track and field (3.20), women's
track and field (3.48), wrestling (3.06), and football (3.05).
Women's track and field and men's cross country were ranked second nationally, with women's softball and men's baseball sixth, and women's volleyball ninth. In all, Ricks had 70 academic All-Americans last season.