Delavan’s Scherer goes after Olympic bid after successful college career

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Friday, January 28, 2011

Jenny Scherer has been on the run for the past four years, giving up basketball for cross country and track and field after her freshman year at St. Norbert College.

The change in sports has earned her many honors, and she hopes it will take her to the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.

The Delavan-Darien High School graduate stamped herself as the most decorated All-America runner in St. Norbert history. She was a nine-time All-America runner in both cross country and track and field, and she graduated in December with nine St. Norbert records.

“In my mind, Jenny was one of the most consistent national-level performers in NCAA Division III the past three seasons,” said Don Augustine, her cross country and track and field coach.

Scherer finished third this past fall at the NCAA Division III cross country championship.

“Many athletes have a great year and then fall off the next,” Augustine said. “That was never the case with Jenny. She always managed to find a way to step up and run her best race at the national meets.

“In 10 trips to nationals, the only time she did not earn All-American status was her first trip there.”

Scherer completed her running career at St. Norbert after the cross country season.

“Her work ethic carried over to the entire team,” Augustine said. “That was a key ingredient for the women winning the first (Midwest Conference) championship since 2003. She will be missed.”

Scherer graduated with a bachelor degree in business administration, but she plans to make running her career while she can.

She has moved to the Detroit area and is training full-time with an Olympic development group to reach her goal of running in the 2012 Olympic marathon.

In her first pro race, Scherer won the Walt Disney World Half-Marathon in Orlando, Fla., on Jan. 8.

She was among the 27,300 participants. It was her first race at the 13.1-mile distance after specializing in 10Ks in college.

Cullen concludes career

George Cullen started at nose tackle for Georgetown University’s football team in his senior season that ended this fall.

The 6-foot-4, 280-pound Janesville Craig High School graduate was a three-year starter in the defensive line for the Hoyas, who play in the Patriot League.

He finished 11th on the team in tackles his sophomore year, and was 13th on the team with 29 tackles his junior year.

The son of Mark and Carol Cullen started all 11 games this season, recording 11 solo and 14 assisted tackles. He had five tackles for losses and one quarterback sack.

The Hoyas started the season 3-1, but they had a six-game losing streak and finished 4-7. In his final game, a 14-7 victory over Marist, Cullen had five tackles with one sack and two tackles for losses.

A Patriot League Academic Honor Roll selection, Cullen is enrolled in the Georgetown Business School.

Pope after MSOE record

Virgil Pope, a 2007 Clinton High graduate, is 15 wrestling victories away from tying the Milwaukee School of Engineering school career record.

Pope is wrestling at 157 this season and is 23-6. He has 109 career victories and is the fifth wrestler in school history to break the 100-victory mark.

Pope, who is majoring in construction management, went 4-0 in last weekend’s Wabash Duals, and will participate today and Saturday in the Wheaton Invitational. MSOE has defeated 18th-ranked UW-Oshkosh, UW-Platteville and UW-Eau Claire this season.

UW-Whitewater sets memorial project

UW-Whitewater has started a project to purchase a state-of-the-art scoreboard in honor of Tyler Slak, a Fort Atkinson High School graduate and Warhawk swimmer who died of cancer last year at the age of 22.

The scoreboard would be used for the Williams Center pool on campus.

Slak competed at the WIAA state meet and set four school records while at Fort Atkinson.

As a senior on the Warhawks, he set the school record in the 100 butterfly in 52.37. Tyler died Feb. 11, 2010.

Memorial donations were used to fund a “Most Improved Swimmer” award at Fort Atkinson High, and to purchase a new scoreboard for the Warhawk pool.

Donations can be sent to: UW-Whitewater Foundation, Inc., Tyler Slak Memorial Scoreboard Fund, 800 West Main Street, Whitewater, WI, 53190.

Last updated: 3:58 pm Thursday, December 13, 2012

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