Congratulations to Coach Richie Mercado ’79 for receiving the 2021 USATF Fred Wilt Educator of the Year Award. Coach Mercado has been involved with USATF since 1990 and met the late Coach Wilt soon afterward. From volunteer to the head of the regional congress, Coach Mercado has been at the forefront of the federation’s track and field education on a global scale.
So far, St. John’s Mavericks have found their way into the NCAA tournament in football, field hockey, cross country, and soccer. Meg Shelburne '20 and the Middlebury Panthers won the NCAA D3 Field Hockey Championship and more Mavs still have games to play starting on Saturday.
Lindsey McKone ’16 is in a league of her own. The only Texan to be drafted by the new AU professional lacrosse league, McKone just finished a decorated collegiate career at Northwestern University. In her last season with the Wildcats, she received IWLCA Second Team All-American lacrosse honors in addition to First-Team All-Big Ten accolades. Her team finished the 2021 season as Big Ten Champs and NCAA semifinalists. McKone was also selected as Academic All-Big Ten along with teammates Carson Copeland ’17, and Kate Copeland ’17. All three were recognized with IWLCA Academic honors. Lindsey was also a nominee for the 2021 Tewaaraton Award.