North Central (Ill.) posts perfect score
No. 1 Cardinals sweep top five spots en route to CCIW title
CHICAGO -- For just the sixth time in school history, North Central (Ill.) achieved a perfect score at the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin championships, sweeping the top five spots on Saturday morning at Montrose Harbor\.
|Conference||Team Champion||Individual Champion|
|Centennial||Haverford||Jordan Schilit (Haverford)|
|MIAA||Calvin||Dan Kerr (Calvin)|
|NESCAC||Williams||Michael Schmidt (Middlebury)|
|NJAC||TCNJ||Robert Rawls (Rowan)|
|Ohio Athletic||Ohio Northern||Caleb Muller (Marietta)|
|• More Conference Championships|
The Cardinals have now won 38 consecutive CCIW titles in cross country and 45 overall while tallying a perfect score for the first time since 2009. North Central also achieved perfect scores in 2004, 1999, 1997 and 1987.
Leading the pack was Matt Perez, completing the 8,000-meter course in 25:15.87 to secure the individual title, becoming the 31st Cardinal to do so and the third in as many years.
Top-ranked North Central blew away the field as the Cardinals tallied 15 points by claiming the top five spots and seven of the top 11 finishers. Fifth-ranked Wheaton (Ill.) was runner-up with 53 points while 19th-ranked Augustana (Ill.) was third with 76 points. Illinois Wesleyan finshed in fourth place (120 points) followed by Elmhurst in fifth (138 points), Carthage checking in sixth (158 points), Millikin placing seventh (214 points) and North Park rounding out the top eight (250 points).
Neal Klein was the second Cardinal to cross the tape, clocking a time of 25:23.95 while Dan Kerley, Kevin Sparks and John Crain finished third through fifth with less than four-tenths of a second separating the three. Kerley crossed in 25:30.42 while Sparks finished in 25:30.53 and Crain in 25:30.80.
Placing ninth was Matthew Brinkmeier, stopping the clock in 25:41.87 while Yonatan Mascote (26:04.47) and Mitch Gilbert (26:04.53) finished back-to-back in 11th and 12th places, respectively.
Perez, Klein, Kerley, Sparks, Crain, Brinkmeier and Mascote all earned All-CCIW honors for their performance while Al Carius and his staff captured CCIW Coaching Staff of the Year accolades.