Press release: Crouse, Lale, Draper and Reid selected student athletes of week

PORTALES, N.M.— The Eastern New Mexico University softball team concluded its season with a win for the fifth straight year, while the track team turned in strong performance in Abilene, Texas. The

Student Athletes of the Week were Kimberly Crouse (softball), Amanda Lale (softball), Daniel Draper (men’s track & field and Nicole Reid (women’s track & field).

• Kimberly Crouse (Sr., P, Round Rock, Texas/Hill College/Round Rock HS) split a pair of games against Texas Woman’s University last week, striking out 21 batters and walking just three over 18 innings. On Saturday, she tossed 173 pitches, fanned a career-best 16 batters and allowed just three earned runs in an 11-inning loss. On Sunday, she concluded her career at ENMU with a victory over the Pioneers, striking out five and walking none.

• Amanda Lale (Fr., DH/1B, Mesquite, Texas/Horn HS) batted .455 against Texas Woman’s last week and drove in a team-best four runs. In Sunday’s win, she hit two-for-three and hit a three-run homer in the fourth inning to give Eastern a 4-3 lead.

• Daniel Draper (Jr., Moriarty, N.M./Moriarty HS) tossed the javelin a distance of 193′-1″ to turn in a first-place finish at the Abilene Christian/Oliver Jackson Open. The throw was his second best of the season and marked the second time he surpassed a throw of 190′ this year.

• Nicole Reid (So., Pueblo, Colo./East HS) turned in an ENMU record time of 4:55.93 in the women’s 1,500-meter run to place fifth at the Abilene Christian-Oliver Jackson Open. She had previously set the ENMU record for the 1,500-meter run of 5:07.05, exactly one month ago, at the McMurry Relays.