Long distance runners Luke Traynor and Marc Scott captured All-America honors this year in two of the three NCAA sponsored running sports — cross-country, indoor track and outdoor track.
Traynor earned All-America honors in cross-country, while Scott took away All-America honors in two events at the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships. Traynor led Tulsa to the program’s second-best national finish in school history with an 11th place performance at the 2016 NCAA Cross-Country Championships. He finished in 13th place individually with a 10K time of 30:07.7
Scott scored all of Tulsa’s 14 points at the Indoor Track & Field Championships for an overall 13th-place national team finish. Scott placed second in the 5,000-meter with a time of 13:43.83 and finished in third-place for the 3,000-meter run in a time of 7:55.91.
In only three years as a member of the American Athletic Conference, both the Tulsa men’s cross-country and men’s soccer teams have claimed league titles in each of those three seasons.
For cross-country, Tulsa captured its seventh straight conference championship as they blew past the competition with 22 points, out-distancing second-place Tulane, which registered 101 points. Tulsa runners took four of the first five places, as senior Luke Traynor won the individual title by finishing the 8K race in a time of 23:39.9.
The No-2-seeded men’s soccer team defeated the No. 1 seed USF with a 4-2 penalty kick shootout, after the first 90 minutes ended in a 1-1 tie. The win gave the Hurricane the American Athletic Conference’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament, Tulsa’s 11th NCAA appearance in school history.
The 2017 season was the 25th year for the Tulsa softball program, and it was only fitting that the Golden Hurricane claimed its sixth regular season conference championship and 11th overall, including five league tournament crowns.
When Tulsa scored a 2-0 shutout on April 30 for a season sweep against East Carolina, it clinched the outright league title for the Hurricane.
Heading into the American Athletic Conference Tournament, Tulsa posted a 37-15 record behind a team that had a .283 batting average and a pitching staff that saw junior Emily Watson post an overall 26-4 record in the regular season. Watson had 307 strikeouts and claimed Conference Pitcher of the Week honors eight times.
Nine bowl participants from 2016, including all six home opponents, fill the Tulsa Golden Hurricane football schedule in 2017, while eight of those teams posted 8+ wins a season ago.
The nine 2016 bowl teams on Tulsa’s 2017 slate combined to post a .681 winning percentage with 81 victories between them, while eight of the nine teams finished in the top-3 places of their respective leagues.
“It’s obvious with the number of teams that are coming off successful seasons, nine that played in bowls last year, we have an extremely challenging schedule in 2017,” said Tulsa Head Coach Philip Montgomery. “Our non-league schedule will definitely prepare us for another tough conference season.”
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Sept. 9 – LOUISIANA
Sept. 23 – NEW MEXICO
Sept. 30 – NAVY (Hall of Fame Weekend)
Oct. 14 – HOUSTON (Homecoming)
Nov. 3 – MEMPHIS
Nov. 25 – TEMPLE
Sept. 2 – OSU (Stillwater)
Sept. 16 – Toledo (Toledo)
Oct. 7 – Tulane (New Orleans)
Oct. 21 – UConn (Storrs, Conn.)
Oct. 27 – SMU (Dallas)
Nov. 18 – USF (Tampa)