Alexis Mikaelian’s accomplishments as a runner at
Princeton University are lengthy and impressive.
During her four years at the Ivy League school in Princeton, N.J., Mikaelian consistently made her presence felt with the Tigers track and field team, along with their cross country team.
Among her achievements were being part of Princeton’s four-time Ivy League championship 4x800 relay. The Prairie School graduate was also a two-time NCAA cross country participant.
This season, as a senior, Mikaelian had the distinction of winning the 1,500 meters at the ECAC Championships with a time of 4:24.69. She concluded her productive career with a ninth-place finish in the NCAA East Regional Meet at Greensboro, N.C.
Suffice to say, Mikaelian made her mark as Tigers track and field and cross country coach Peter Farrell will attest.
“Alexis is the consummate team person,” Farrell said. “Alexis was terrific with her commitment to the program and team concept.
“She never backed down in any race and always gave it her best for the school she loves. She is just a great representative of Princeton.”
Farrell and his staff made that quite clear during a team banquet two weeks ago. That’s when they presented Mikaelian with Relay Leg Award.
Farrell said Mikaelian, an economics major, was a slam-dunk for the award.
“This is an award we don’t take lightly,” Farrell said. “It goes to a member of our team who represents what we look for in a dual sense as a runner and as someone who brings the team together. And that’s Alexis.
“She is well-loved by her teammates. She’s a leader. And when you put a baton in her hand, it was like she felt the full weight of the team. Alexis always gave us great legs on our relays.
“There aren’t a lot of people who can fill that role like she did.”
It was a dream season for Michael Porcaro.
The UW-Milwaukee sophomore second baseman compiled some dizzying numbers en route to being chosen the Horizon League Player of the Year.
Porcaro, a graduate of Burlington High School, batted a team-high .364 and had a slugging percentage of .497, also the best among regular players.
He also led the Panthers in runs with 41, hits with 68, doubles with 14, triples with four while starting 49 games.
“Mike is just a guy that finds a way,” Milwaukee coach Scott Doffek said. “He found a way onto a Division I roster, found his way into the lineup, found a way to earn a scholarship and now found a way to be player of the year.
“He’s a really good baseball player who loves to play and loves to work at it and that is a great combination.”
Porcaro became first sophomore to earn the conference award since 1996.
Milwaukee senior outfielder Jonathan Capasso (Horlick) was a second-team Horizon League selection. Capasso batted .320 this season and his 54 hits were the second-most on the team. Capasso is one of only nine players in Milwaukee history to collect more than 200 career hits.
The Panthers finished with a 29-21 overall record.
n Carthage College sophomore Nick Schmidlkofer (Wind Lake, Muskego High School) is reaping the rewards of a banner season.
Schmidlkofer was chosen to the all-College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin second team and selected to the all-Central Region third team in voting by the American Baseball Coaches Association and D3baseball.com
Schmidlkofer, a catcher, batted .372 with 11 doubles and three home runs this season. That’s an amazing improvement over his freshman season when he batted just .176 with two doubles and no home runs.
Add another award for Aurora University pitcher Natalie Zanella (Union Grove). After earning all-Northern Athletics Conference first-team honors, Zanella was recently chosen to the National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-Great Lakes team.
Zanella posted an 18-2 record with a sterling 1.40 earned-run average for the Spartans this season. She pitched 14 complete games, including five shutouts.
Track and field
Junior Moriarity Brown-Griffin (Park) ran a leg on UW-Whitewater’s 4x100 relay at the NCAA Division III Outdoor Championships in La Crosse.
Brown-Griffin’s efforts helped the Warhawks finish fourth in the meet.
Senior Jeff Lotz Jr. (Horlick) finished his collegiate career on some high notes. Lotz was chosen to the all-College Conference of Wisconsin and Illinois first team and selected the Red Men’s Most Valuable Player. Playing No. 1 singles, Lotz posted a 19-12 record this season.