FREDERICK, Md.—Sophomore sprinter Michael Beidleman of the men's track & field team and junior outfielder Jackie Yurchak of the softball have been named Hood College athletes of the week for the week ending May 5.
Originally from Magruder in Washington D.C., Beidleman etched his name into the Hood record books with a scintillating meet at the 100th Middle Atlantic Conference Championships. The sophomore captured the 100-meter race with a new school record time of 10.75, which garnered him a first team all-MAC honor. The time was also a new Arnold Stadium (Lebanon Valley College) record and gave him the No. 14 ranking in NCAA Division III. The top 20 individual men in each event qualify for the national championships, so there is a solid chance that Beidleman could be racing at nationals, which will be held May 23-25 in Lacrosse, Wisc. Beidleman also anchored Hood's 4 x 100-meter relay team to a third-place finish to earn another all-MAC first team honor. Beidleman capped off his impressive weekend with a fifth-place finish in the 200-meters to capture a second team all-MAC honor in that event.
Yurchak played a vital role in helping Hood win its first playoff game since the 2009 season and had a very good weekend overall. A product of Strath Haven in Wallingford, Pa., Yurchak had five hits over the weekend, which led the Blazers at the Commonwealth Conference Tournament. The junior contributed three hits and a run scored in the Blazers' 5-1 victory over Stevenson University on Friday afternoon. The Blazers were stymied at the plate against Lebanon Valley, however Yurchak came back strong in the last game against Stevenson with two hits, including a three-run home run in the bottom of the third that gave Hood life. The junior contributed three RBI and a run scored in the contest and was a vital piece to Hood's offense all weekend. Yurchak ended the season with a .301 batting average and tied for the team lead with five home runs.