With the 2011-12 athletic year recently coming to a close, we are excited to present the Top 10 Goshen College Athletic Moments of the Year as voted on by you: the fan. Click here for Moments #6-10.
#5. STOLEN BASE QUEEN
In the bottom of the first inning in game two against Marian University, freshman Melanie Meyer (Elkhart, Ind.) swiped her 26th stolen base of the year to set a new single-season program record.
Meyer would go on to steal 41 on the year, smashing the 1999 mark of 25 set by Krysten Parson. Meyer was caught just four times all season, safely stole a base in 26 different games, and stole an incredible four bases three times. (Read More)
#4. SENIOR NIGHT RALLY
Down 2-0 against a team they had not defeated in five years, the Goshen College men's soccer team battled the elements and rival Bethel College, rallying for for a 3-2 victory on "Senior Night."
In his final home game, senior Jan Dohnal (Hluk, Czech Republic) scored twice, including a 70th minute header to knot the score at 2-2. Eleven minutes later, junior Daniel Martin (Salem, Ore.) rose above a crowd in the box and headed home the miraculous game-winner. (Read More)
#3. THE JUMP OFF
In a thrilling Mid-Central College Conference high-jump competition, junior Sam Jones (Timber Lake, S.D.) came out with an MCC Championship for the Leafs.
Jones was one of three competitors to clear 6-feet, 7-inches, a provisional qualifying mark for the NAIA Outdoor Championships. While the mark tied for the Goshen College school record (2011 - Kyle Laker), Jones needed several more jumps to win the conference title. A complicated tiebreaker saw Jones outlast Marian's Taylor Maxey and Indiana Wesleyan's Nick Brown four jumps later. (Read More)
#2. HISTORIC WALK
Race walkers again made noise for the Goshen College track and field team as they earned three All American honors at the NAIA Indoor National Championships in March.
The three All American honors is the most ever for the Maple Leafs in a single indoor championship – the best single event total is four set at the 2007 outdoor championships in Fresno, Calif. The trio also make it 12 All American honors (combined indoor and outdoor) for Goshen in the sport of race walking since Tina Peters ('10) began her storied Maple Leaf career in 2007.
The Maple Leafs missed out on an automatic bid to the NAIA National Championships as they finished an excruciating four points behind champion Huntington University. After learning they had fell just short, there was a brief time frame in which they thought they would be awarded the championship on a disqualification, only to see the four points again be the difference.
Still, they had three runners finish in the top 15 to earn All MCC, the most all conference selections in a single season for the Goshen College men's cross country program since 1984. Also, even without an at large berth to the national championships as a team, two Goshen runners (Jordan Smeltzer and Oscar Joses Kirwa) qualified as individuals. The awards even stretched to the coaching staff where Doug Yoder was selected as MCC Co-Coach of the Year. To top it off, nine Maple Leaf runner ran career bests and two more ran their fastest times of the 2011 season. (Read More)