COLLEGE REPORT: Eight DePauw athletes earn NCAC Athlete of the Week honors

Sunday, February 7, 2021

Rickey Alsum, Ford Baker, and Ayo Laleye of the DePauw University men's track and field team were named Athlete of the week after their performances in this weekend's dual-win against Hanover College.

Freshman Rickey Alsum (Plainfield, Ind./ Plainfield) was named Athlete of the week for sprints and hurdles after finishing first in the 60-meter dash with a time of 7.39. He also earned a third-place finish in the 200-meter dash with a time of 25.13.

Sophomore Ford Baker (Winnetka, Ill./ New Trier) was named Distance and Mid-distance Athlete of the week for his first-place finish in the 3,000-meter run, finishing with a time of 8:47.83.

The third member to be named Athlete of the week for field events is freshman Ayo Laleye (Plainfield, Ind./ Avon). Laleye finished first among four competitors in the long jump with a leap of 5.93 meters. He would also finish second in both the 60-meter (7.40) and 200-meter dash (24.85).

Thanks to these top finishes, DePauw would beat Hanover 54-48 in a tightly contested dual meet. The Tigers' next meet is set for Saturday, Feb. 13, at Wittenberg, with a noon start time.

DePauw swept the North Coast Athletic Conference Women's Track and Field Athlete of the Week honors by capturing all three selections after Friday's 61-45 win over visiting Hanover.

Charlotte Borland (Jr., Huntington, Ind./Huntington North) was selected for sprints and hurdles after winning the 200-meter dash (28.12 seconds) and placing second in the 60 meters (8.44). She also was second in the long jump at 4.66m (15-3.5).

Annalise Grammel (Fr., Canal Winchester, Ohio/The Columbus Academy) was the distance/mid-distance choice after winning the mile run (5:29.08) and running the lead leg of the 4 x 400 relay that won in 4:16.36.

Reanna Stiehler (So., Seminole, Fla./Dixie Hollins) was the conference's selection in field events after winning the weight throw (12.14m/39-10) and placing fourth in the shot put (9.87m/32-4.75).

Averaging 19.5 points and three steals per game in the dominating wins over Ohio Wesleyan University last week, senior forward Nolan Ginther (Noblesville, Ind./ Noblesville) has been named the North Coast Athletic Conference Men's Basketball Athlete of the week.

Ginther shot 57% from the field between the two games and went 14 for 16 at the line.

In the Tigers road win over the Battling Bishops, he tallied three assists, six rebounds, and four steals, playing a crucial role in the paint.

At home, Ginther continued to show his strength in the key against Ohio Wesleyan, putting up 15 points in and around the lane while securing five defensive rebounds on the other end of the floor.

DePauw is back on the road this week with games set for Saturday and Sunday against The College of Wooster.

DePauw senior Katherine Douglas (Coal Valley, Ill./Moline) has been selected as North Coast Athletic Conference Women's Swimming and Diving Athlete of the Week for her performance in the Tigers' meet at Rose-Hulman.

Competing in one-meter diving, Douglas broke her own school record for 11 dives by totaling 445.5 points in DePauw's 224-54 win over the Engineers. She previously earned the NCAC honor twice during the 2018-19 season.

DePauw returns to the pool on Saturday, February 13, with a 2 p.m. meet against Franklin at Franklin High School.