Gwen Holmes and the Olivet Nazarene University women’s golf team made history when the Tigers captured the team title at the NAIA Super Regional on April 20 in South Bend, Ind.
The Tigers beat out St. Francis 334-349 to punch their ticket to the 2013 NAIA Women’s Golf National Championships in Lincoln, Neb. on May 21-24. The milestone marks the first time Olivet has sent a team the NAIA Golf National Championships.
Holmes, who was one of the original members of the ONU program in 2011, transferring from Millikin University, placed sixth at regional with an 86.
“It has been a really tough spring with weather, but as a team, we are thrilled to have won this tournament. I am so proud of how far our team has come. We can’t wait for Nationals,” Holmes said.
Collin Slattery, a sophomore from Princeton, tied for third place for Illinois Central College as the Cougars repeated as champions of the Midwest Athletic Conference honors. He was named first team all-conference.
Other area golfers include Princeton’s Kyle Chase (IVCC) and St. Bede products Alex Harrison (IVCC), Katie Gregorich (UW-Platteville) and Bekki Prokup (Quincy University)
Track and field
Hunter Mickow and the Fighting Illinois are ranked No. 22 in the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association national poll. they travel to Columbus, Ohio this weekend to compete in the Big Ten Outdoor Championships.
Lorraine Stamberger, a sophomore from LaMoille, ran on Augustana College’s distance medley which placed 10th- and 11th-place in the 3200 relay at the prestigious Drake Relays.
Adam Weidner and the North Central Cardinals won a third straight College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin championship. Weidner, a freshman from Wyanet, placed third in the shot put with a throw of 49-7 3/4. He was the IHSA state champ at Bureau Valley last year.
Four area athletes are teaming up for the Illinois State Redbirds. Kendall Rush, a senior from Spring Valley, won the women’s triple jump with a jump of 38-11 and took fourth in the long jump (17-10 1/4). Kimi Sanden, a freshman from Bureau Valley, placed sixth in the 800 meters (2:21.67), and Laura Fredenhagen, a freshman from Tiskilwa, was 10th in the pole vault (9-10). Both Sanden and Fredenhagen placed sixth in their respective events this weekend at the Wisconsin Open.
The ISU tracksters, including sophomore Scott Janusick of Spring Valley, will compete in the Missouri Valley Conference finals this weekend in Des Moines, Iowa.
Junior T.J. Mosbach and his sister, Liz, a freshmen from Spring Valley, run together for the Mt. Mercy Mustangs’ track team. Other area track and field athletes include Hall product Anthony Urbanski (UW-Whitewater), Bureau Valley’s Derrick Johnson (Eastern), Cody Taylor (Iowa Western), Natalie Swanson (North Park), Cassie Criminger (Judson) and St. Bede’s Taylor Miller (St. Norbert College).