AVILA UNIVERSITY NEWS



[Track & Field] T&F: Eagles set for historic showing at NAIA Outdoor Championships
GULF SHORES, Ala. - The Avila Track & Field team will be well represented this week at the NAIA Outdoor Track & Field National Championships, with the team qualifying to compete in six events, which is the most all-time for the program in its short history.


[Track & Field] T&F: Pair of Top 10s highlight Avila's run at Outdoor Championships
GULF SHORES, Ala. - Helen Thames and Josh Benford each earned ninth place finishes in their respective events at the NAIA Outdoor Track & Field National Championships over the weekend as Avila competed in a program record six events in Gulf Shores, Alabama.


[AU] S&C: Cheadle, Beebe honored as NSCA All-Americans
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) announced their 2018 All-American Strength and Conditioning Athletes of the Year in April, with Avila's J'mia Cheadle and Wyatt Beebe both earning recognition.


[Women's Outdoor Track & Field] T&F: Thames voted Heart Women's Track Athlete of the Year
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The Heart of America Athletic Conference announced their annual outdoor track awards on Wednesday, with Avila junior Helen Thames being named the Women's Track Athlete of the Year.


[Baseball] BSB: Chandler headlines six Eagles on All-Heart, Gold Glove list
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The Heart of America Athletic Conference announced the 2018 All-Heart teams and Rawlings Gold Glove recipients on Wednesday, with six Eagles receiving recognition.


[Baseball] BSB: Season ends with loss to Vikings at Heart Baseball Championships
OZARK, Mo. - The 2018 season came to a close for the Avila baseball team on Sunday when the Eagles lost a tight battle with the Grand View Vikings, 10-8 from US Ballpark in Ozark, Mo.


[Football] FB: Offense downs Defense in Spring Game, 62-35
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Saturday was the annual Spring Football Game at The Z, with the offense downing the defense, 62-34 on a beautiful afternoon for football from Kansas City, Mo.


[Softball] SB: Four Eagles named to All-Heart list
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The Heart of America Athletic Conference announced the 2018 All-Conference Softball teams last week, with four Eagles earning recognition for their play this past season.


[Track & Field] T&F: Avila Track earns All-Heart in record 14 events
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The Avila track and field teams capped off their best outdoor regular season in program history by picking up a program record 14 All-Conference nods last weekend at the Heart of America Athletic Conference Outdoor Championships in Baldwin City, Kan. 


[Track & Field] T&F: Barnes, Women's 4x800 highlight day one of Heart Championships for ...
BALDWIN CITY, Kan. - Jeremi Barnes won the men's long jump and the women's 4x800m relay team won the by more than eight seconds to highlight day one from the Heart of America Athletic Conference Outdoor Track Championships.


[Softball] SB: Eagles fall to GVU, down Mt. Mercy to set up matchup with Baker on Saturday
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - After falling to No. 17 Grand View in the Heart Quarterfinals on Friday afternoon, the Eagles staved off elimination with a victory over the Mount Mercy Mustangs on Saturday evening, setting up another elimination matchup with Baker for a spot in the Heart Semifinals.


[Baseball] BSB: Eagles stave off MNU's late rally, advance in Heart Baseball Championships
OZARK, Mo. - Avila closer Jake Vermillion escaped a pair of bases loaded jams in the eighth and ninth innings on Saturday to help the Eagles to a victory over the MidAmerica Nazarene Pioneers, 8-7 in an elimination game.


[Softball] SB: Season ends with loss to No. 25 Baker at Heart Softball Championships
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - The Avila softball season came to an abrupt end on Saturday as the Eagles fell to the No. 25 Baker Wildcats in an elimination game at the Heart Softball Championships, 7-3.


[Track & Field] T&F: Avila breaks two conference records at Heart Championships Saturday
BALDWIN CITY, Kan. - It was a historic day for the Avila track and field teams as Helen Thames and the Women's 4x400m relay team each broke Heart records on Saturday.


[Baseball] BSB: Eagles, Mustangs to open Heart Championship Wednesday
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - The Avila Baseball team will go up against the Mount Mercy Mustangs at 10 a.m. on Wednesday in the opening game of the 2018 Heart of America Athletic Conference Baseball Championships from US Ballpark in Springfield, Mo.


[Softball] SB: (5) Eagles, (4) Pioneers to square off at Heart Softball Championships
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - The No. 5 seed Avila Softball team will open the 2018 Heart of America Athletic Conference Softball Championships on Wednesday with an opening round matchup with the No. 4 seed MidAmerica Nazarene Pioneers at 2:30 p.m. from Springfield, Mo.


[Baseball] BSB: Eagles make postseason with Senior Weekend series win over Pioneers
KANSAS City, Mo. - Led by a group of ten seniors, the Eagles picked up a 3-1 series victory over the MidAmerica Nazarene Pioneers over the weekend to cement their spot in the Heart of America Athletic Conference Postseason Tournament.


[Track & Field] T&F: Eagles set several records in prep for Heart Championships
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Helen Thames and the women's 4x400m relay team both hit the NAIA "B" standard at Friday's Bill Williams/Bob Laptad Invitational at Missouri Southern while seven individual and program records were broken over the weekend.


[Softball] SB: Eagles split with Graceland, will finish regular season Sunday at The Z
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The Eagles settled for a double header split with Graceland on Saturday at The Z, and will now finish the regular season with a home double header with Peru State on Sunday beginning at 1 p.m.


[Softball] SB: King, Davis lead Eagles to sweep over Peru State
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Avila closed out the regular season with a home double dip with Peru State on Sunday afternoon, with Abby King tossing a two-hitter and Kelsei Davis smacking a pair of home runs to help the Eagles to a sweep at The Z.


[Softball] SB: Eagles sweep Evangel, clinch 4th consecutive postseason berth
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The Eagles picked up a pair of comeback victories over the Evangel Crusaders on Tuesday afternoon at The Z, clinching a spot in the Heart of America Athletic Conference Postseason Tournament for the fourth consecutive season.


[Track & Field] T&F: Thames hits NAIA "A" Standard to cap weekend for AU at ...
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The Eagles competed this week at the 91st Kansas Relays as well as the Dewey Allgood Invitational, with Helen Thames highlighting the action by punching her ticket to the NAIA Outdoor Track & Field National Championships on Saturday.


[Baseball] BSB: Eagles sweep Ravens to open key four game set in Atchison
ATCHISON, Kan. - The Eagles entered this weekend's four game set with the Benedictine Ravens 1.5 games back of them in the standings, but a Saturday sweep put them 0.5 games up heading into the final two games Sunday.


[Softball] SB: Eagles split with No. 17 CMU on Senior Day
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The Avila softball program celebrated Senior Day on Sunday at The Z, picking up a double header split with the No. 17 Central Methodist Eagles.


[Softball] SB: Eagles reach 30 wins with sweep of Benedictine
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The Eagles reached the 30 win mark for the fourth consecutive season with two big wins over Benedictine on Wednesday, erasing a five run deficit in game one and holding off the Ravens in game two.