April 3, 2013
CHICAGO - Seniors Brooke Andresen (Woodridge, Ill./Downers Grove South) and Declan Murray (Strongsville, Ohio/St. Ignatius) have been selected as Loyola University Chicago's Athletes of the Month for the month of March it was announced today.
Murray, a standout on the Loyola track and field team, capped an incredible indoor season by earning United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) First Team All-America recognition for his performance in the 800m. At the NCAA Indoor Championships in Fayetteville, Ark., on March 9, Murray posted a time of 1:47.60, one one-hundredth of a second off of his own school record time, to finish third overall in the 800m.
The senior, who made his second consecutive appearance at the NCAA Indoor Championships, was also selected as the Horizon League Indoor Track and Field Male Athlete of the Year in a vote of the conference's coaches. At the League meet in February, he captured the title in the 800m and placed second in the mile run, while also playing a key role on the distance medley and 4x400m relay teams, which captured conference crowns.
Andresen had a record-setting month on the softball field as the senior outfielder became Loyola's all-time hits leader on March 9. In a 6-3 victory over Western Michigan that afternoon, the left-handed hitting Andresen, who is a three-time First Team All-Horizon League honoree, doubled in the fourth inning for her 178th career hit and sole possession of the Loyola all-time record.
In 19 March contests, Andresen batted .359 (23 for 64) with five doubles, a triple, a home run, eight RBI, and 14 runs scored. She closed out the month on a nine-game hitting streak to raise her season average to .361, and she also recorded seven multi-hit games in March. When Loyola defeated crosstown rival UIC in game two of a doubleheader on March 30, Andresen hit the go-ahead home run and drove in a career-best five runs as part of a three-hit effort.