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Daniel Lauletta, Coordinator of Sports Info
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Wilmington Standouts Bill Steele and Katie Shorter Named the Wildcats’ September Athletes of the Month

Monday, October 1, 2012 - Newark, Del.

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Junior Katie Shorter is a Criminal Justice major, leading her team to a 15-4 overall record

Senior Bill Steele is a Business Management major with three medalists honors in September

Wilmington University standouts Bill Steele and Katie Shorter have been named the Wildcat Athletes of the Month for September, after leading their respective teams to hot starts and placing their names in all-time record books so far in 2012.

Steele, a senior cross country runner, has led the men’s squad to three team titles so far while also earning three medalist honors of his own along the way. The Conowingo, Md. native started the season off on a torrid pace, winning the Delaware Valley Invitational and the Wilmington University Cross Country Invite in back-to-back weeks to start the year. The senior bookended the month with another medalist effort at the Don Cathcart Invitational this past Saturday.

The former Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference Runner of the Year, Steele won the DVC Invite in 28:03 before winning the Wildcat’s own invitational in 29:21.53 at Carousel Park the next meet. After a two week hiatus, Steele returned to the medal stand with a first place showing at the Don Cathcart Invite in 25:31.

Shorter, a junior middle hitter on the volleyball team, has aided the team to a 15-4 overall mark and a perfect 7-0 record in the CACC through September. The Pasadena, Md. native leads the team and the conference in every blocking category. She has denied 39 attacks on her own and had a hand in 57 block assists, averaging 1.43 blocks per set. She is also third on the team with 135 kills, averaging 2.01 kills per set with a team high .314 attack percentage.

The junior also broke all the Wilmington University career blocking records in September, setting the new mark for each category in three separate matches. On September 11 against Chestnut Hill, she collected her 139th career block assist, passing Brittani Leathern to the top spot. Two matches later against Queens (N.Y.), Shorter set the new mark for total blocks as a Wildcat, blocking her 248th career attack. Two matches later on September 19 against Georgian Court, Shorter denied her 31st solo block of the season, giving her 110 in her career to pass Leathern for the top spot again.

Inside the conference, both Steele and Shorter have been recognized as CACC Players of the Week. Steele took the first honor of the year for the Wildcats with a CACC Runner of the week award on September 5. Shorter was named the CACC Volleyball Player of the Week on September 17 after hitting .356 in four matches.