Ripley, Hunter earn NCCAA weekly honors in respective sports
ABILENE, Texas —
McMurry University junior discus thrower Alexiz Hunter (Georgetown, Texas/Pflugerville H.S.) and junior first baseman Rachel Ripley (Gustine, Texas/Comanche H.S./Cisco J.C./McLennan C.C.) have been selected as National Chrsitian Collee Athletic Association Athletes of the Week, it has been announced by the national office.
Hunter is the Women’s Track and Field - Field Event Athlete of the Week, after she unleashed an NCCAA-leading effort of 47.57 meters (156'-00") to place third overall at the Angelo State/David Noble Relays on Sunday. Hunter was topped only by a pair of NCAA II competitors in the discus, at that meet.
Her effort – which was a personal best - also ranked No. 1 in American Southwest Conference, No. 2 among NCAA III competitors and leads the NCAA III South/Southeast Regional rankings by better than 20 feet!
Hunter has also climbed to seven-and-one-half feet of the oldest record on the books for McM women’s track and field. In 1999, Ann Rhiddlehoover set the women’s discus standard at 49.80 meters (163’-05.00”) at the Bluebonnet Relays.
“We are so proud of the thrower Alexiz has become,” McM head coach Brad Parris said. “Every year she has made steady improvements and now she is one of the top discus throwers in the nation. This is a well-deserved honor for a scholar-athlete that is nowhere close to her peak yet!”
Rachel Ripley was named as the NCCAA's Softball-Position Player Student-Athlete of the Week.
Ripley had a banner week for the War Hawks' first-year softball program, that went 2-1 last week. Ripley lived up to her name, as she "ripped" six of her seven hits (in 10 at-bats) on the week for extra-bases. In Sunday's single game vs. Howard Payne, Ripley was 3-for-3...all doubles...with three RBI (including the game-winner). She hit safely in each of McM’s three games last week.
On the week, Ripley had five doubles and a triple, driving in six runs and scoring four times. She had a .700 batting average, a 1.400 slugging percentage and an on-base average of .750. She scored four runs and drove in six, along with a 1.000 fielding percentage in 18 chances.
In the NCCAA stats, she ranks No. 7 in RBI, with 34. In 2018, Ripley leads the McMurry team with a .371 batting average, a .680 slugging percentage and a .404 on-base average. She has 17 extra-base hits, including nine doubles, three triples and five home runs and, all team-leading numbers, as well.
“I am super-proud of Rachel and all that she has accomplished,” McM head coach David McNally said. “And I look forward to many more successes that she will bring to McMurry Softball.
“As we created this program, we have had a lot of ‘firsts’ and Rachel has been a great part of many of those in our program’s growing process. She is a perfect example of what we want to establish for our program here in Abilene. Rachel – along with many others on our roster – are setting the standard for what we are looking for in a McMurry University Softball player and seek to Develop Champions for Life.”