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Forensics team wins at Alabama

WKU Forensics traveled to Tuscaloosa, Ala., the weekend of Oct. 13-14 to compete in two tournaments hosted at the University of Alabama.

WKU received the team sweepstakes championships at both tournaments, as well as the overall team sweepstakes championship for the two tournaments combined. Other top schools included the University of Alabama, Colorado College, Kansas State University, Texas State University, Florida State University, University of Florida, University of Mississippi and Louisiana State University.

Two WKU team members also received individual sweepstakes awards, a measure of individual success in multiple events, at the Alumni tournament: junior Richard Heyne received second place, and junior Kristina Medero received sixth.

Next weekend, the Hilltoppers will split into three groups to attend three tournaments. One group will travel to Berea, Ky., at to compete at Berea College.  Another will travel to Muncie, Ind., to compete at Ball State University. Finally, a group will travel to Warrensburg, Mo., to compete at the University of Central Missouri.

Results from the Alabama Crimson Classic Forensics Tournament are as follows:

  • Tyler Rife, a junior from Dayton, Ohio, tournament champion in dramatic interpretation and tournament champion in duo interpretation (with Tyler Dailey) at the Alumni tournament; tournament champion in duo interpretation (with Elle Pratt) and second in prose interpretation at the Alabama tournament.
  • Alexis Elliott, a junior from Kansas City, Mo., tournament champion in impromptu speaking and tournament champion in extemporaneous speaking at the Alumni tournament; second in extemporaneous speaking at the Alabama tournament.
  • Emma Wilczynski, a junior from Florence, tournament champion in informative speaking, second in persuasive speaking and third in duo interpretation (with Marshall Covert) at the Alumni tournament; fourth in duo interpretation (with Marshall Covert) at the Alabama tournament.
  • Elle Pratt, a junior from Fullerton, Calif., tournament champion in duo interpretation (with Tyler Rife) and second in informative speaking at the Alabama tournament.
  • Austin Groves, a sophomore from Blue Springs, Mo., tournament champion in persuasive speaking and fourth in duo interpretation (with Darius Wilson) at the Alumni tournament; third in duo interpretation (with Tyler Dailey) at the Alabama tournament.
  • Kristina Medero, a sophomore from Davie, Fla., tournament champion in poetry interpretation and sixth in informative speaking at the Alabama tournament; third in poetry interpretation and fourth in informative speaking at the Alumni tournament.
  • Darius Wilson, a sophomore from Blue Springs, Mo., tournament champion in dramatic interpretation at the Alabama tournament; second in dramatic interpretation, third in after-dinner speaking and fourth in duo interpretation (with Austin Groves) at the Alumni tournament.
  • Tyler Dailey, a senior from Blue Springs, Mo., tournament champion in duo interpretation (with Tyler Rife) at the Alumni tournament; third in duo interpretation (with Austin Groves) at the Alabama tournament.
  • Lataya Williams, a freshman from Falcon Heights, Minn., tournament champion (and top novice) in poetry interpretation and fourth (and top novice) in poetry interpretation at the Alabama tournament.
  • Richard Heyne, a junior from Sunrise, Fla., second in communication analysis and second in programmed oral interpretation at the Alumni tournament; fourth in programmed oral interpretation at the Alabama tournament.
  • Jamaque Newberry, a sophomore from Tamarac, Fla., second in after-dinner speaking at the Alumni tournament; third in dramatic interpretation at the Alabama tournament.
  • Marshall Covert, a junior from St. Paul, Minn., third in programmed oral interpretation, third in duo interpretation (with Emma Wilczynski) and fifth in poetry interpretation at the Alumni tournament; third in poetry interpretation and fourth in duo interpretation (with Emma Wilczynski) at the Alabama tournament.
  • Paige Settles, a freshman from Floyds Knobs, Ind., top novice in extemporaneous speaking and third (and top novice) in communication analysis at the Alumni tournament; fourth (and top novice) in impromptu speaking and fifth (and top novice) in extemporaneous speaking at the Alabama tournament.
  • Janniqua Dawkins, a sophomore from Hollywood, Fla., fourth in persuasive speaking at the Alumni tournament; fifth in informative speaking at the Alumni tournament.
  • Brittany Broder, a freshman from St. Charles, Mo., fourth (and top novice) in informative speaking at the Alabama tournament.
  • Haddy Badjie, a freshman from Lewisville, Texas, sixth in poetry interpretation at the Alabama tournament; sixth (and top novice) in informative speaking at the Alumni tournament.
  • Ashton Garber, a freshman from Osprey, Fla., seventh in poetry interpretation at the Alabama tournament.

Contact: Jace Lux, (270) 745-6340.

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