By Mike DeVader, CCSJ Assistant AD of Sports Information & Communications
JOLIET, Ill. – Coming off her two wins in both the women's 100-Meter Dash and 200-Meter Dash at the NCAA Division I Valparaiso (Ind.) Crusader Open, Olivia Askew followed up that performance by claiming the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) crown in the 100-Meter Dash at the CCAC Championships in Joliet, Ill.
Askew crossed the finish line in 12.43 seconds to take first-place in the event, and in the process, helping her team to a program-best 4th-place finish overall in any meet with 48 points.
Askew didn't stop there – finishing second in the 200-Meter Dash as well.
"The 'No Excuses' mentality was felt and carried out by all members of the men's and women's track teams, and the field events kick-started things – and made their presence known with multiple personal bests and all-conference honors," head coach Rick Torres said. "I am extremely proud of these men and women, and of the fact that they came to work and executed each plan as they have been trained to do. Every meet we go to beautiful campuses, great track facilities, and meet up with teams with athletes of 70-or-more on their rosters.
"The women's team proved that it's not about quantity, but quality, and I am excited about what the future brings; hopefully a couple national qualifiers at Hillsdale College or North Central College this weekend."
A handful of student-athletes showed remarkable progress in the CCAC races, including Harley Sutton's 3rd-place finish in the 100-Meter Hurdles (and third in High Jump), and 4th-place in the 400-Meter Hurdles.
Continuing on the women's side, Natalie Nowesnick put up a personal record (PR) in the Shot Put and Javelin with a 36.90m throw. Camyrria Baggett followed that up with a PR in the 800-Meter Run, and Celeste Rosillo also broke an old PR in the 1,500-Meter Run, while Ciara Carmichael posted another PR in the 400-Meter Dash.
Kellyn Vale came in 8th-place in the 800-Meter Run.
The women's team also completed the 4x400 Relay in 5th-place in 4:15.
The men's squad followed the breaking-records suit as well, led by Robert Davis and his PR in the Triple Jump at 12.62 meters. Davis also showed well in the Long Jump (6.61m; 4th), and Demetrius Banks joined him in the event in eighth overall with a 6.29m leap.
Matthew Rosado finished sixth overall in the Javelin at 40.85m (PR), and Tim Miller chalked up a top 10 placement in the same event. In the Discus, Ronnie Strain hit 42.22m (7th), while Banks hit 1.84m in the High Jump – placing fourth.
The 4x800 men's relay posted 5th-place with a season-best time of 8:13.
The guys took home seventh with 27 total points.
CCSJ athletes have one more hope – the Dr. Keeler Invitational at North Central College in Naperville, Ill., on May 11-12 – to clinch qualifying times for the Men's & Women's Outdoor Track & Field National Championships at Mickey Miller Blackwell Stadium in Gulf Shores, Ala., on May 25-27.
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