The No. 3 North Central (Ill.) men’s team had little trouble defending its team title at the Chicagoland Indoor Championships on Saturday, more than tripling the score of its nearest competitors and easily topping the 20-team field at Al B. Carius Track.
The Cardinals piled up 219.5 points, nearly a third of all the total available points in the meet and more than their next three competitors combined. Illinois-Chicago was the closest pursuer with 72 points, while Carthage was third with 67.5.
For the 17th-ranked women, the team title was not as easily won. Down by five and a half points heading into the last event, the 4×400 meter relay, the Cardinals came from behind to win the race and the meet by just three and a half points, putting them ahead of Lewis.
The men won nine of the 17 contested events, three of which came from Dionte Hackler. Hackler was the meet’s only three-event champion, winning the 200 meter (22.26 seconds) and 400-meter dashes (49.51) before teaming with Randal Ellison, Derek Nelson and Marlen Hamilton to win the 4×400-meter relay in 3:20.66.
Hamilton also won the 800 meter run (1:55.76), while Tim Vazquez prevailed in the 5,000 meter run (15:04.55). John Crain, meanwhile, led a dominant Cardinal performance in the mile run, as they took the top six places. Crain crossed the line in 4:12.82, Matt Muth placed second in 4:18.02 and Aron Sebhat placed third in 4:18.65.
For the women, Amanda Coglianese and Amina Jackson finished first and second in the 400 meter dash. Coglianese cruised to a season-best 59.50 seconds, while Jackson checked in at 59.95 seconds.
The Cardinals won six field events. For the men, Kyle Pembrook placed first in the high jump (6-7), Josh Winder won the pole vault (16-1 1/4) and Adam Weidner established a Cardinal freshman record in winning the shot put (50-10 3/4). On the women’s side, Elizabeth Composto vaulted 12-1 ½ inches to remain unbeaten this season, Kayla Murphy claimed the long jump title after leaping 17-4 ¼ and in shot put, Ebony Stallworth launched a 43-10 ¾ heave for a first-place finish.
Murphy had a big day for the Cardinals. Not only did she win the long jump, but she also finished second in 200-meter dash (25.80), and took seventh in the 60-meter dash (7.99).
Other second-place finishes for the Cardinals came from Abraham Oshipitan in the 400 (50.47), David Janet in the 3,000 (8:37.89), Frank Wleklinski in the pole vault (15-7 1/4), Matt Souvannasing in the long jump (22-7) and the distance medley relay team of Juliano Lodi, Adam Spaccapaniccia, Ryan Bartell and Mitch Gilbert (10:15.56). Souvannasing also equaled the North Central varsity record in the 60-meter dash, placing fourth (7.03). For the women, Brooke Patterson cleared 11-7 ¾ inches to take second in pole vault.
The Cardinals also got third-place showings from Richard Ruske in the 800 (1:55.94) and Mike Varela in the 60-meter hurdles (8.69).
North Central was also successful in two other field events. Basheeba Mays finished third in the triple jump (34-11.25) and Patterson came in fourth (34-04.25). In the high jump, Monique Lincoln tied for second, Jocelyn Redlinski finished fourth, Jordan Flowers took sixth and Kelsey Kirk came in eighth after they all cleared 5-1 ¾.
Redlinski also finished third in the 60-meter hurdles (9.21). The distance medley relay team of Colon, Erin Fitzgerald, Jacki McKown and Nora Ferguson crossed the finish line in third-place (12:30.44) in the meet’s initial race.