Schuldt rates second-team league honor

Schuldt rates second-team league honor

ROSEMONT — Illinois senior Ember Schuldt was named to the All-Big Ten second team in women’s golf, the conference announced Tuesday.

The Sterling native has finished in the top 10 of six tournaments this season and among the top 18 in 11 events. Schuldt also qualified for the NCAA Central Regional on May 8-10 at Stillwater, Okla. She’ll appear in the third regional of her career and first as an individual.

“Ember is so deserving of this honor,” Illini coach Renee Slone said. “It has been a tremendous season for her. ... She epitomizes the qualities a coach looks for in a student-athlete, and it has been an absolute pleasure watching her progress during the past four years. She has always been one to put the team first.”

Schuldt is the program’s first player since 2008 to receive All-Big Ten honors and the eighth in history. She currently ranks second on the team’s career scoring list for stroke average at 76.33.

Men’s track up to No. 14. The Illini men’s track and field team is No. 14 in the U.S. Track and Field and Cross-Country Coaches Association computer rankings, the highest midseason ranking in program history.

The Week 4 rankings were announced Tuesday.

Illinois rose 13 spots in the latest rankings after tying then-No. 4 Arkansas for the HyVee Cup at the Drake Relays, each team totaling 34 points to share first place in the team standings.

The Illini’s previous highest midseason ranking was No. 22 in Week 5 of the 2013 season. The program’s highest USTFCCCA ranking came in 2012, when Illinois placed 11th at the NCAA Outdoor Championships.

In the current rankings, the Illini are the second highest Big Ten team behind No. 11 Nebraska.

Baseball game pushed back. The Illini baseball team’s home game against Southern Illinois on Tuesday night was postponed due to the forecast of inclement weather.
The nonconference contest was rescheduled for 5 p.m. Wednesday at Illinois Field.

This is the fourth scheduled meeting of the season between the Illini and Salukis, with SIU winning two of the first three.

Soccer team adds transfers. Goalkeeper Michelle Denley and midfielder Summer Schafer are scheduled to join Illinois soccer coach Janet Rayfield’s program for the 2014 season.

Denley spent her freshman season at Bowling Green, and Schafer played her first season at Memphis. Both players can play immediately and have three seasons of eligibility left.