Athlete Profile

‘Passing the invisible baton’: National champion Eka Jose talks track and field

Washington University sophomore Eka Jose became a track and field national champion after achieving a distance of 12.16m in the triple jump event at the NCAA Division III Indoor Track and Field National Championships in Boston last month.

| Senior Editor

Given a second chance, Jack Kurzu takes advantage

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.

Dorian DeBose | Senior Sports Editor

Once a softball star, WU grad Maggie Mullen now chases Olympic handball

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.

| Associate Editor

Chandler Kropp making waves, but don’t expect him to bring it up

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.

Benjamin Simon | Staff Reporter

Auggie in the outfield: Mense leads as baseball’s lone senior

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.

| Staff Reporter

From Whitaker Hall to the Pyeongchang podium

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.

Jon Lewis | Associate Editor

22 years of sports under Chancellor Wrighton

In his 22 years in St. Louis, Mark Wrighton presided over the most successful patch in Washington University’s athletic history.

Jon Lewis | Senior Sports Editor

Colin McCune: Seizing his shot and saving shots

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.

| Senior Sports Editor

Ben Browdy sets his sights on professional career, national title

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.

Jon Lewis | Senior Sports Editor

Sharing the last laugh: Lizzy and Maggie Crist enjoy their final ride together

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.

| Sports Editor

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