Breaking records … on the diamond and the track
By: Cory Furman, sports information director

BASEBALL
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Nathan Colclasure tracks down a fly ball while playing his position as third baseman for the Maple Leafs.
For senior baseball player Nate Colclasure (Decatur, Ind.), his college career has ended as spectacularly as it began.

After setting the school record for single-season home runs as a freshman – he hit an astonishing 19 dingers in 2004 – Colclasure settled into a career that will likely define him as one of the greatest baseball players in Goshen College history – and not just a big-time hitter. With his name tattered across the GC record books in both career and single-season categories, Colclasure was named to All-MCC, All-NAIA Region VIII and honorable mention NAIA All-American status at the conclusion of this year, Colclasure’s first post-season honors in his collegiate tenure.

“One can thank the competitiveness of our conference and the manner in which post-season awards are selected in baseball as to why Nate is just now getting some post-season attention,” said Josh Keister, the baseball team’s head coach.

A computer science major, Colclasure – who tended first base until this season, when he was moved to third – finished his career as the program’s all-time leader in home runs (37), while finishing second all-time in runs batted in (152) and doubles (40). He started in each of his 174 games played – the second-most in school history – while never missing an inning due to injury.

“He was as great a teammate as he was a player. I’m just extremely happy that he has been noticed and rewarded for such a consistent career,” Keister said.


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WOMEN’S TRACK & FIELD
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Tina Peters competes in the race walk event during a track meet at Goshen College's Eigsti Track and Field Complex, March 31, 2007
For the last 13 years, Head Women’s Track and Field Coach Rick Clark has worked to slowly build the Leafs’ program to an elite level. Following the 2007 NAIA Indoor and Outdoor Track & Field National Championships, it’s safe to say he has met his goal.

Taking a program-record nine athletes to the 26th annual indoor championship meet and five to the outdoor event, Goshen boasted a pair of national championship performances in both meets, including an eighth-place team finish in the outdoor national championship event, the best in program history. First-year student Tina Peters (Yellow Springs, Ohio) and senior Petrana Petkova (Sofia, Bulgaria) became Goshen’s second and third NAIA National Champions in any sport, claiming wins in the 3,000-meter race walk and 5,000-meter run and 10,000-meter run, respectively. The duo are the school’s first female national champions.

In just her first season, Peters set the school record in the race walk event, posting a nation’s-best 14:31.84 clip in indoor competition and a 15:11.84 time outdoors. Those times led to a pair of national titles in both the indoor and outdoor championships, the first time in school history an athlete claimed repeat championships in the same year. Petkova wasn’t far behind, however, as she won the 5,000-meter run in a 17:44.99 clip in the indoor national championships, and the 10,000-meter title in the outdoor race, coming in at a time of 36.27.01. Petkova captured her 14th All-American honor as a collegian, the most of any Goshen College athlete in school history.

Senior Laura Herr (Linden, Wis.) garnered her second All-American honor with a fifth-place finish in the outdoor marathon. Sophomore Deanna Kronk (Elkhart, Ind.) finished ninth in the outdoor hammer throw with a school-record toss of 163 feet, four inches.

Clark has now led his program to five national championship performances and 25 All-American efforts the last seven years.

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