Shannon Lahey received the track & field team award for most improved as a senior at Dixon.
Lahey was a 3-year team captain, a 3-year state qualifier and a 3-year all-Big Northern performer for the Duchesses. She was a part of the school-record 4x400 relay team (4:03.80), and a sophomore on Dixon’s 4x400 relay that placed ninth at the 2014 2A state meet.
Lahey, a 2016 Dixon graduate, attended Valparaiso on an academic scholarship at first. She bet on herself by walking on to the track & field team, and her passion to continue her athletic career has turned into more than just an athletic scholarship.
“I knew that I had to put in as much if not more effort than I did in high school just to make the team,” Lahey said. “My coaches, Brandon Woodard and Jamie Brigl, instilled that work ethic in me, and I’ve been able to apply that here at college.”
Lahey was named Valparaiso Women’s Track & Field’s Indoor Athlete of the Year last weekend, as voted on by her team and the Valparaiso athletic department.
“It felt great to be recognized,” Lahey said. “I’ve worked pretty hard the last 3 years through some injuries, and getting that honor made me feel like the hard work paid off.”
Lahey started her junior season with a third-place finish in the triple jump at Notre Dame’s Blue and Gold Invitational on Nov. 30, 2018, leaping 10.07 meters (33-0 1/2 feet).
She was third in the long jump (5.20 meters, 17-0 3/4) and fourth in the triple jump (10.16 meters, 33-4) at the Grand Valley State Tune-Up on Feb. 15.
Eight days later, the Dixon native finished the indoor schedule with a season-best triple jump of 10.53 meters (34-6 3/4) and a career-best long jump of 5.33 meters (17-6) at the MVC Indoor Championships.
However, Lahey’s breakout season hasn’t gone on without a hitch. She sprained her ankle and hyperextended her knee while triple jumping last spring, causing her to miss most of the outdoor season. Lahey reaggravated the injury 2 weeks ago, but is still competing.
She was a part of the Crusaders’ eighth-place 4x100 relay (51.43 seconds) at the Illini Twilight last Saturday in Champaign.
Lahey will be back in action next Friday and Saturday at the Lenny Lyles/Clark Wood Invitational in Louisville, Kentucky. The Missouri Valley Conference Outdoor Championships take place May 10-12 in Terre Haute, Indiana, and Lahey is hoping to soar past her nagging injury.
“I’d really like to see myself push through this injury,” she said. “If I can get a new personal record in the long jump, I would love that. It’s just going to take a little perseverance on my part.”
Illinois won the 15-team Illini Twilight with 212 points, while Eastern Illinois placed second with 108 points. Tayla Schwarz, a 2018 Dixon grad, finished sixth in the shot put (12.36 meters, 40-6 3/4) and seventh in the discus (40.59 meters, 133-2) for the Illini. Maggie McPherson, a 2017 Sterling grad, was 16th in the 5,000-meter run (18:23.33) for EIU.
Western Illinois’ Michaela Busch, a 2016 Rock Falls grad, was a part of the third-place 4x400 relay (3:58.71), fifth in the long jump (5.28 meters, 17-4), sixth in the 100 hurdles (14.59) and seventh in the javelin (30.61 meters, 100-5) at Iowa’s Musco Twilight last Saturday.
Lexy Duncan, a 2014 Dixon grad, finished second in the long jump (5.76 meters, 18-9) for Division II Grand Valley State at Pittsburg State’s Gorilla Classic last Saturday in Pittsburg, Kansas.
St. Ambrose claimed second with 131 points at the Augustana Invitational. Megan Grady, a 2017 Amboy grad, placed third in the 5,000 (18:39.14) for the Fighting Bees. Corrie Reiley, a 2015 Prophetstown grad, finished sixth in the 800 (2:22.56), while Erie grad Alissa DeShane tied for 14th in the pole vault (2.97 meters, 9-9) for St. Ambrose.
Grady was the runner-up in the 1,500 (5:03.60) at the Grand View Quad last Saturday in Des Moines, Iowa. Reiley was a part of the Bees’ second-place 4x800 relay (9:53.36) and sixth in the 800 (2:34.02). DeShane finished third in the javelin (30.87 meters, 101-3) and 11th in the 100 (14.35).
DeShane was also fifth in the javelin (27.79 meters, 91-1 3/4) at the Loras Easter Mid-Week on Tuesday in Dubuque, Iowa. Mackenzie Clary, a 2018 Prophetstown grad, finished 13th in the 200 (30.25) for SAU.
Men’s track & field
Regan Todhunter, a 2015 Newman grad, placed sixth in the 110 hurdles (14.90), sixth in the unseeded 100 (11.25) and 22nd in the 200 (23.55) for Loyola-Chicago at Iowa’s Musco Twilight.
Blain Masterson, a 2017 Dixon grad, placed fifth in the 3,000 steeplechase (10:07.16) for D-II Wisconsin-Parkside at Benedictine’s Eagle Relays last Saturday in Lisle.
Jacob Mammosser, a 2015 Rock Falls grad, won the javelin with a toss of 55.46 meters (182-0) for D-III Elmhurst at Benedictine’s Eagle Relays. Mammosser also won the javelin (51.95 meters, 170-4 1/2) at the Don Church Twilight Meet on Tuesday in Wheaton.
Jared Harrison, a 2018 Dixon grad, finished fourth in the 400 hurdles (57.16) and fifth in the 110 hurdles (16.03) for D-III Washington University-St. Louis at the Greenville Select.
Mason Wright, a 2017 Polo grad, was fifth in the long jump (6.34 meters, 20-9 3/4) for Augustana at the Carroll Invitational last Saturday in Waukesha, Wisconsin.
Carl Sandburg went on the road and beat Highland 16-6 and 13-1 last Saturday in Freeport. Jordan Chandler, a 2017 Erie grad, was 2-for-3 with a triple and three runs in the first game, and 4-for-4 with two home runs, three RBIs and three runs in the second game for the Chargers. Devon Ballard, a 2016 Fulton grad, went 2-for-3 with three runs in the first game, and 1-for-2 with two runs in the second game for Sandburg.
Kale Orman, a 2017 Erie grad, earned the win for Sandburg in the first game of a home doubleheader against Highland on Tuesday in Galesburg. He allowed a hit and a walk in 2 2/3 innings, as the Chargers won 12-2. Chandler went 1-for-3 with a double, an RBI and a run in the first game, while Ballard was 2-for-3 with a triple, three RBIs and a run.
Rock Valley College won a home doubleheader 21-1 and 11-1 against Olive-Harvey last Friday in Rockford. The Golden Eagles lost 4-2 in the first game of a road doubleheader versus Harper last Saturday in Palatine. Brett Swalve, a 2018 Eastland grad, went 8-for-10 with a home run, two doubles, four RBIs, three runs and a stolen base over the four-game span.
Ohio State’s Lauren Rice, a 2017 Morrison grad, took two losses in 2 games at home against rival Michigan. Rice allowed four runs and five hits with one strikeout in a 10-3 loss last Friday, and allowed all six runs (four earned), eight hits and five walks while striking out one in a 6-2 loss in the first game of doubleheader last Saturday.
Missouri-Kansas City’s Madason Shaw, a 2016 Rock Falls grad, went 2-for-4 with a double, two RBIs and a run in the series finale against Cal State-Bakersfield on Saturday.
Shannon Long, a 2016 Sterling grad, went 0-for-1 in both of D-II Alabama-
Huntsville’s home games last Friday versus Union, as the Chargers won the first game 4-0 and lost 5-2 in the second game. Long was 1-for-2 with a run and a stolen base last Saturday in an 8-0 win over Union.
Fellow Sterling grad Maddie Corwell earned the win for D-II Lindenwood University in the second game of a road doubleheader versus Lincoln (MO) last Friday in Jefferson City, Missouri. Corwell went all six innings, and allowed two earned runs, eight hits and two walks while striking out two in an 11-3 victory.
Clare Kramer, a 2015 Prophetstown grad, hit a two-run home run for Augustana against Elmhurst Wednesday in the first game of a doubleheader, and went 3-for-3 with an RBI and two runs in the second game.
D-III Rockford’s Emily Cox, a 2016 Erie grad, went 1-for-4 with a run at Dominican on Saturday in River Forest, and 3-for-3 with a double and a run in the second game. Cox went 0-for-2 with a sacrifice fly in the first game Tuesday against Edgewood, and 2-for-4 with a run in the second game.
Lexy Staples, a 2017 Sterling grad, earned the win for NAIA Culver-Stockton in the second game of a road doubleheader against Peru State last Friday. She allowed four runs, nine hits and three walks while striking out seven in seven innings of relief in a 9-7 victory. She allowed three runs and six hits while striking out two in 3 2/3 innings of relief in the second game against Peru State a day later.
Staples earned the win in the second game of a home doubleheader against Mount Mercy on Tuesday. She allowed one run, three hits and two walks in 4 2/3 innings of relief.
Joliet Junior College won a road doubleheader against Lake County last Saturday in Grayslake, and split a home doubleheader against Kishwaukee on Monday and Waubonsee on Thursday. Laci Meurer, a 2017 AFC grad, went 7-for-20 with two doubles, two triples, five RBIs, two stolen bases and seven runs over that span for Joliet. Her sister, Lexi Meurer, was 4-for-16 with a home run, four RBIs, three stolen bases and five runs.
Rock Valley’s winning streak is up to 15 after winning doubleheaders against Elgin, Kankakee and Madison. Cara Alexander, a 2018 Sterling grad, went 6-for-15 with three doubles, three RBIs and six runs in the victories. Emily Perkins, a 2017 Oregon grad, was 5-for-14 with two doubles, two RBIs, three stolen bases and seven runs in the same span.
Western Illinois freshman Nick Ceruzzi, a 2018 Sterling grad, bounced back from an 89 on Monday with a 76 on Tuesday at the Beu Mussatto Invitational in Macomb.
Fellow Sterling grad Nick Olds rounded out D-III Aurora’s lineup with a two-round total of 166 at the 2-day Augustana Spring Invite that wrapped up last Saturday.
Cooper Kilberg, a 2016 Rock Falls grad, paced St. Ambrose’s lineup with rounds of 80 and 75, putting him in a tie for 19th.