Athlete of the Week
The average height of a doorway on campus is 6'8". The tallest player on the Mines men's basketball team is Clay Boatwright at 6'10". If you stacked 150 career day guides, they would only reach 6'3" into the sky and would still probably force you to apply for the job you want online. Yet none of that is any match for the leaping ability of junior Seun Ogunmodede, who recently broke a 28-year old school record clearing 6'11" in his first place finish two weeks ago in Boulder, Colorado. Just one inch under the seven foot barrier, the jump rates as Ogunmodede's personal best and gives him the seventh-best jump in Division II in the entire nation.
For most football fans, it can be very frustrating to witness their team fail to convert a third down play, and disappointing to watch the punting unit trot onto the field. This is usually the time when fans take a big "sigh" and lean back in their seats. But thanks to pre-season All-American punter Taylor Accardi, the experience is nearly the opposite for Oredigger football fans. The initial disappointment of a failed third down leads instead to fans sitting up in their seats, waiting in eager anticipation to see what will unfold, which usually ends in a booming punt that can shift the entire momentum of the game. And all from a punter.
In the time it takes to reheat leftover pasta, senior Track and Field runner Peter Jenkins can win an 800m race. Assuming that it takes 1:50.76 to cook that meal, that is exactly what Jenkins did earlier this month at the CU Invitational in Boulder.
He can turn a double play faster than most of us can write down the problem statement for our physics homework, and steal second base in his sleep. So while the baseball team may have had its ups and downs in the past four years, senior standout Tyler Thornton has definitely done his part to help grow the rebuilding team.
They have by far the longest and least known schedule of all of the Oredigger Athletics. When the football, soccer, volleyball, basketball, wrestling, and swimming seasons each came and went, the Men's Golf team quietly kept on practicing. And now, only a few weeks from the end of the spring semester, their work is nearly complete. The Division II Men's Golf Championship is only a month away, and the Orediggers are considered to be a strong candidate to win the West Super Regional and compete for the first time in the national championship.