College Postcards


April 06, 2005|By Bill Free

Sprinter Kyle Farmer, an NCAA champion and seven-time All-American, is entering the final weeks of his career at the University of Florida.

Last week, the gifted athlete from Oakland Mills was a member of the 400-meter relay team that posted the third-fastest time in the world this year, 39.22 seconds, to win that event at the Yellow Jacket Invitational in Atlanta.

The 6-foot-1, 191-pounder and his 400-meter relay teammates earned a trip to the NCAA East Regional with their performance on Saturday, giving Farmer a good start toward repeating as NCAA outdoor champion in the 400-meter relay.

That NCAA 400 relay championship, and a third-place finish in the 200 meters (20.57) at the NCAA Indoor Championships last year rate as Farmer's most satisfying accomplishments.

"I also want to get All-American [top eight in NCAAs] in the 100 and 200 meters outdoor," he said. "I just want to see how far I can go, maybe running professionally at the next level. Also I have hopes of making the Olympic team in 2008."

Farmer is content with his many accomplishments in a low-profile sport such as track, saying the sport keeps him "level-headed and humble" compared to football and basketball.

"It's real easy to get big-headed," he said. "And sometimes that's a lot of people's downfall. Being I played track and soccer in high school, which is more a team-oriented sport, kind of helped me here."

In addition to All-America honors in the 400 relay and 200 indoors in 2004, Farmer gained All-America recognition in 2003 outdoors in the 400 and 1,600 relays, in 2003 indoors in the 1,600 relay and 200 and in 2002 in the 1,600 relay.

High honor for Byers

Lebanon Valley senior guard J.D. Byers (Westminster) reached the zenith of his collegiate basketball career when he was named ESPN The Magazine College Division Men's Basketball Academic All-America of the Year. Byers, a business administration/accounting double major, has a 3.846 grade point average.

Byers is the first athlete in school history to be named an academic All-American, and he was also selected to the magazine's college division men's basketball first team.

Byers averaged 22.5 points, which was 13th in the nation in Division III, and hit 87.2 percent of his free throws, which ranked 15th in the country. He also averaged 4.04 assists, and hit 73 three-pointers.

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University of Tampa senior Jasmine Degross (Notre Dame Prep) finished fourth in the 200-yard butterfly and sixth in the 100 fly in the NCAA Division II swimming championships in Orlando, Fla.

Lehigh sophomore Betsy Balaguer (Bel Air) was selected to the Patriot League women's swimming and diving first team after placing third in the 500 freestyle in a school-record time of 5 minutes, 0.27 of a second and finishing fifth in the 200 freestyle at the league championships.

Sophomore Robert Collier (Catonsville) earned NCAA Division III All-America swimming status, after establishing a Middlebury school record in the 200 butterfly with a 1:53.02 time to finish eighth in the Division III championships in Holland, Mich.

Senior attacker Kelly Jaeger (St. Paul's) scored seven goals for Randolph-Macon in a 15-10 lacrosse victory over Roanoke College in an Old Dominion Athletic Conference game.

Kathy Delauney, a senior attacker from Roland Park, has been chosen the Centennial Conference Player of the Week for scoring nine goals in Gettysburg College's two victories in three games last week.

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