Jack Kurzu is a graduate student, pursuing an M.B.A. at the Olin School of Business. He is a member of the Washington University football team, where he plays guard. In many ways, he’s a normal, high-achieving student at the Wash. U. However, the path from high school to Olin for Kurzu has taken many turns.
Mullen, who played four years of softball at Wash. U. before graduating in 2014, was working at a marketing firm and perusing LinkedIn for her next career move when she saw a post about open tryouts for the United States national handball program.
That was the first time Kropp thought about the prospect of being transgender and becoming a man. It was also one of the first times Kropp ever wanted something badly.
While he grew up playing soccer and basketball, he dropped those two sports in favor of rowing at the beginning of his freshman year of high school. He quickly found success within the St. Louis rowing scene, setting his sights on the Division I and Division III levels.
But on the field, Mense excels, first among Bears in walks and second in on-base percentage with a .435 mark. He’s just what you want from a leadoff hitter, getting on base early and often and letting the guys behind him bring him home.
It was actually not until halfway through her Wash. U. career, when she was home for summer vacation after her sophomore year, that Gretsch’s Paralympic dream began to crystallize.
In his 22 years in St. Louis, Mark Wrighton presided over the most successful patch in Washington University’s athletic history.
Just two weeks ago, senior goalkeeper Colin McCune had played a total of seven minutes, 45 seconds in three years with the Washington University men’s soccer team. Now he’s starting in goal for the undefeated Bears.
At Division III schools, most athletes end their career after their graduate. One Bear, however, is not letting his dream die when he receives his diploma in Brookings Quadrangle this May.
Lizzy, a senior goalkeeper, and Maggie, a sophomore midfielder, are sisters on the Washington University women’s soccer team. After a childhood spent playing ball together on the fields of Wayzata, Minn. and another two years in St. Louis, this is the final season where they will slap each other’s hands before running onto the field together.
Junior Daisy Ogede of the Washington University women’s track and field team wasn’t always one of the top runners in Division III. However, a motivation to prove people wrong has fueled a competitive spirit that has enabled her to compete for national titles on a yearly basis.