Roundup: North Central men win track invite
FROM STAFF REPORTS February 2, 2013 4:56PM
Updated: February 2, 2013 11:16PM
Cardinals win Squig Converse Invitational — Up against a field packed with highly ranked opponents, North Central College proved to be equal to the task at Friday’s Wisconsin-Whitewater Squig Converse Invitational. The third-ranked Cardinals finished at the top of the nine-team field, which included the top four ranked NCAA Division III squads in the nation.
North Central finished with 142 points, ahead of the No. 1-ranked Wisconsin-Oshkosh, which placed second with 110. Fourth-ranked Wisconsin-Whitewater placed third with 104 points and the second-ranked Wisconsin-La Crosse finished fourth with 96.5.
The Cardinals won five of the 17 contested events, including a nation-leading performance from John Crain in the 5,000-meter run. The junior clocked an indoor personal-best time of 14 minutes, 24.22 seconds to finish nearly 10 seconds ahead of his nearest competitor. His finishing time ranks first among all Division III competitors thus far this season.
Peter Geraghty won the pole vault for the third straight meet, matching his season best with a clearance of 17 feet, 3/4 inch. He led a 1-2-3 finish in the event for North Central, as Josh Winder cleared 16-6-3/4 to place second and Frank Wleklinski third at 15-7. Dionte Hackler picked up first place in the 400-meter dash in 49.84 seconds, narrowly edging out teammate Mustapha Olaoye (49.86) at the finish line.
The Cardinals won two of the three relay events run during the meet, as Dayton Henriksen, Randal Ellison, Robert Lott and Abraham Oshipitan won the 4x200-meter relay in 1:30.05 and Ellison later teamed with Pat Foley, Richard Ruske andYonatan Mascote to win the distance medley relay (10:32.06).
Matt Muth and Aron Sebhat finished second (4:20.98) and third (4:21.02) in the mile run, while the 4x400-meter relay team of Henriksen, Hackler, Olaoye and Marlen Hamilton placed second in a season-best time of 3:19.05 and Zach Heerspink came in third in the high jump (6’5”).
The Cardinals host the Chicagoland Indoor Championships on Feb. 9. Action at Al B. Carius Track is scheduled to get under way at 11:30 a.m.
Naperville North 69, Plainfield East 58 — Three Huskies shared scoring honors with 15 points apiece — Anthony Rehayem, Jelani McClain and Bryan LoLordo. Derek Westman was also in double figures with 11 points.
Metea Valley 51, Bartlett 43 — Jenny Voytell led the Mustangs with 18 points. Lori Obendorf went 11-for-13 from the line and finished with 17 points.
Waubonsie Valley 35, Lake Park 32
Plainfield North Sectional — Oswego East (6,582 pins) advanced to state by winning the team title. Waubonsie Valley (6,530) also advanced by taking second. Oswego East’s Giselle Poss (1,444) won the individual crown, edging Waubonsie’s Julie Bond (1,440).