No. 1 North Central (Ill.) finished first among DI competition
No. 1 North Central (Ill.) at Illinois State Invitational
ORMAL, Ill. -- No. 1-ranked North Central (Ill.) got the better of a field of Division I counterparts Friday, as the Cardinals used their depth to top a six-team field in the inaugural Country Financial Illinois State University Invitational at D.A. Weibring Golf Course.
No. 1-ranked North Central placed five competitors in the top eight finishers in the 73-man field to post a winning total of just 28 points, while the host Redbirds placed second with 42 and Bradley University placed third with 65. Rounding out the field were Eastern Illinois University (97), the University of Northern Iowa (124) and the University of Illinois-Chicago (178).
The Cardinals' John Crain and Illinois State's Ryan Rutherford waged a two-man battle for the individual title, as both were well clear of the rest of the field heading into the homestretch. Rutherford narrowly outleaned Crain for the victory, hitting the finish line of the 8,000-meter (five-mile) course in 24:21.96, while Crain was clocked in 24:22.13.
North Central, however, sealed the team championship by claiming places 5-8. Ben Dickshinski led the charge, placing fifth in 24:45.15, followed by Ryan Root in sixth (24:52.67), Travis Morrison in seventh (24:57.26) and Roger Klein in eighth (24:58.16).