A bevy of local graduates raced to top finishes for Harper College at the NJCAA Division III Track and Field Championships earlier this month.
On the women’s side, Harper finished third at the national championships with dominant performances from its All-Americans. The 4×400-meter relay team, which finished second in a time of 4 minutes, 14.70 seconds, included Christian Liberty alumna Angelina Nichols and Barrington’s Grace Carey. Nichols and Carey are both freshmen.
On the men’s side, the Hawks placed fifth. Barrington alumnus Ryan Ziolkowski, a sophomore, won the national title in the 800 by finishing in 1:58.17. Rolling Meadows graduate and Harper freshman Zach Gunger placed second in the pole vault with a height of 3.88 meters.
And sophomore Scott Williams, also a Barrington alumnus, finished third in the 10,000 meters. Maine South’s Glen Garino, a freshman, placed eighth in the same event.
Gavula wraps up stellar career at Denison
Loyola alumna Grace Gavula, a senior defender on the Denison (Ohio) women’s lacrosse team, just capped an excellent career with the Big Red.
Gavula was a team captain and a First-Team All-North Coast Athletic Conference selection this season, her third All-NCAC honor. She ranked second on the team with 46 ground balls, including a team-leading three ground balls in a 21-4 win against Calvin College in the second round of the NCAA Division III national tournament. The Big Red’s season ended May 19 with a Sweet Sixteen loss to Salisbury.
Gavula previously played basketball and lacrosse at Loyola. Glenbrook South alumnae Emily Sonneborn and Lindsey Karsh join Gavula on the roster.
Reback dominates for Central Arizona baseball
Brennan Reback, a Vernon Hills graduate, just completed his freshman season for the 45-13 Central Arizona College baseball team, which is part of the NJCAA.
Reback, an outfielder, finished with a .348 batting average, the sixth-highest average on the team. He also notched a .471 on-base percentage and smacked three home runs while registering a hit in seven of his last eight games. Reback was also named to the all-conference and all-region first teams.
Hersey alumnus Brett Harris, a redshirt freshman infielder, joins Reback on the team.
North Central women’s track gets a local boost
Four athletes from Chicago’s north and northwest suburbs posted strong results this season for the North Central College women’s track team.
Barrington’s Kelsey McLaurin and Carly Horak, Niles West’s Jamie Rohn and Hailey Dammeier of Arlington Heights all ran for the Cardinals this school year.
McLaurin placed fifth in the 200 meters, second in the triple jump and sixth in the 55-meter hurdles at the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin Indoor Championships, and then the freshman posted a season-best of 25.70 seconds in the 200-meter dash during the outdoor season.
Horak, also a freshman, achieved six personal bests this season, including a 13.32-second time in the 100. Meanwhile, Rohn placed 15th at the CCIW Indoor Championships in the mile and also posted a PR in the 3,000 meters.
Finally, Dammeier placed fourth in the heptathlon at the CCIW Outdoor Championships. She also was named to the Academic All-CCIW squad.
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Sam Brief is a freelance reporter for Pioneer Press.