WHITEWATER, Wis. — Competing against a field featuring four of the nation’s top six track & field squads in NCAA Division III, the North Central tallied a third place finish on Friday at the Squig Converse Invitational inside Kachel Fieldhouse.
The top-ranked Cardinals finished third with 120.5 points. No. 2 Wisconsin-La Crosse won the meet, amassing 168 points while the sixth-ranked and host University of Wisconsin-Whitewater was second with a team tally of 129. Third-ranked Wisconsin-Oshkosh was fourth with 91.5 points while College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin nemesis, Augustana was fifth among the seven-team field with 75 points.
North Central dominated the 400-meter dash, claiming the top four finishers with all four finishing the two-lap sprint in under 50 seconds. Dan Benton captured the victory, crossing the tape in 48.95 seconds with Bai Kabba placing runner-up in 49.36. Dionte Hackler placed third (49.64) while Mustapha Olaoye the top four sweep in 49.64.
Yonatan Mascote claimed his second event win in as many weeks, winning the 3,000-meter run in 8:46.51 after claiming the mile at last weekend’s NCC Quadrangular.
The Cardinals captured a pair of relays, winning the distance medley relay with a team of Spiros Angelakos, Mark Vear, Ryan Bartell and Ryan Thompsen and claiming the 4×400-meter relay with the legs of Hackler, Olaoye, Benton and Jon Varon. The DMR finished in 10:35.12 while the 4×4 stopped the clock in 3:20.83.
Kalen Petty finished second in the triple jump with a leap of 44 feet, 7 1/2 inches while Demarco Tillman was third in the high jump, clearing 6′ 3 1/4″.