athlete of the week

Athlete of the Week: Inside Kyle Puckett’s 100-mile-a-week track training

Washington University senior Kyle Puckett has run over 500 miles since the start of 2024. So far this season, the Houston native has already set three personal records (PR), including a 5,000 meter PR of 14:50.37 that he set at the Midwest ELITE Invitational on Feb. 10. Student Life sat down with Puckett to discuss his intense training regimen, passion for mechanical engineering, and plans for the future.

| Junior Sports Editor

Athlete of the Week: Ebun Opata discusses her growth into a national track and field star

Following a second-place finish in the triple jump at last year’s indoor and outdoor National Championships, Washington University senior Ebun Opata is on a roll. Opata sat down with Student Life to discuss her passion for social work, finding success coming back from injury, and her mango Instagram page.

| Junior Sports Editor

Athlete of the week: DeVaughn Rucker has saved his best for last

In DeVaughn Rucker’s senior season, the forward has averaged more than 12 points per game while shooting a career-best 52% from the field.

Josh Shapiro | Contributing Reporter

‘It’s fun having that target on your back’: Matt Ashbaugh faces down batters, lofty expectations

Senior pitcher Matt Ashbaugh was named to the all-University Athletic Association second team last year and enters the season as the Bears’ ace.

| Senior Sports Editor

J.J. Kroot serves up hot takes about movies, talks indoor Nationals.

Before the Tennis Indoor National Championship in Minnesota, Sports Editor Dorian Debose had the chance to sit down with captain J.J. Kroot to talk about tennis, basketball, camaraderie and movies.

| Senior Sports Editor

AOTW: As a freshman, Stephanie Li rarely swam the breaststroke; Three years later, she holds the WU record

Senior Stephanie Li joined her rural New York town’s YMCA club swim team when she was seven years old, and after over a decade of swimming holds the Wash. U. record for the 200 meter breaststroke.

| Senior Sports Editor

“I could take a team of five”: Kameron Mack talks collegiate, casual basketball

After a series of injuries sidelined a number of the team’s starters, sophomore Kameron Mack stepped up to fill the gap in scoring left in their absence. In the last five games, Mack has averaged 13.2 points while shooting 55.3% from the field.

| Senior Sports Editor

Athlete of the Week: As Alex Bird nears the finish line, we look back at his impressive swimming career

As a captain of the No. 7 men’s Swimming and Diving team, senior Alex Bird has helped lead the Bears to wins in two of their three duals in 2020. I had a chance to talk to Alex about leadership, how he got into swimming and how he embodies his favorite fruit.

Miguel Campos | Staff Reporter

Athlete of the Week: Sam Weaver dishes on building a team dynamic and leading a young team

A sophomore from Apex, North Carolina studying global health and Spanish, Samantha Weaver has become an integral member of the Washington University women’s basketball team this season.

| Senior Sports Editor

Athlete of the week: Jack Nolan dishes about stepping into bigger shoes

Jack Nolan just might be a bucket. Nolan has been lighting up scoreboards for the Bears since his freshman season two years ago. Now a junior, Nolan is putting up the best numbers of his career.

| Senior Sports Editor

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