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Polo grad has strong showing in jumps for Augustana

Wright finding his stride

Mason Wright finished second in the triple jump and seventh in the long jump at the CCIW meet last week.
Mason Wright finished second in the triple jump and seventh in the long jump at the CCIW meet last week.

Mason Wright finished off his high school career as a Class 1A state champion in the triple jump.

Now, the 2017 Polo graduate is finding his stride in both the long jump and triple jump at Division III Augustana.

Wright finished second in the triple jump (14 meters, 45-9 1/4) and seventh in the long jump (6.56 meters, 21-5 1/4) at the Collegiate Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin Outdoor Championships last Friday and Saturday in Kenosha, Wisconsin.

“I was extremely happy with my performance in the triple jump,” Wright said. “It was only my second time during the outdoor season that I tried to triple jump after pulling my hamstring at the end of the indoor season.

“In the long jump, I was all right with the result. I left one out there after scratching on a farther jump, but that’s OK.”

The Woosung native won the 1A triple jump title in 2017 with a leap of 47 feet on his last attempt. He’s been asked to take on more responsibility at Augustana in the long jump.

“It was tough at first because I wasn’t enjoying it as much,” Wright said. “But I’ve started to excel at it, and it’s probably up there now with how much I enjoy the triple.”

Wright also finished 12th in the long jump (6.08 meters, 19-11 1/2) at North Central’s Dr. Keeler Last Chance Meet on Friday in Naperville.


Jake Gebhardt, a 2018 Sterling grad, finished third in the 1,500 (3:50.64) for host Indiana at the Billy Hayes Invitational
last Friday in Bloomington, Indiana. Jared Harrison, a 2018 Dixon grad, was 14th in the 110 hurdles (15.76) for D-III Washington University-
St. Louis.

Regan Todhunter, a 2015 Newman grad, placed 10th in the 110 hurdles (15.02) for Loyola of
Chicago at the Wisconsin Alumni Classic last Friday in Madison.

Jacob Mammosser, a 2015 Rock Falls grad, was second in the javelin (55.16 meters, 180-9 3/4) for Elmhurst at the CCIW Outdoor Championships.

Kyle LeBlanc, a 2016 Dixon grad, finished fourth in the high jump (2.02 meters, 6-7 1/2) for D-III host North Central
at the at Dr. Keeler Last Chance Meet on

Mason Muur, a 2016 Morrison grad, was 12th in the 1,500 (4:32.34) for D-III Central College at Monmouth’s Fighting
Scot Invitational last

Women’s track & field

Michaela Busch, a 2016 Rock Falls grad, finished seventh in the high jump (1.60 meters, 5-3), was part of Western Illinois’ seventh-place 4x400 relay (3:52.05), and took 12th in the long jump (5.33 meters, 17-6) at the 3-day Summit League Outdoor Championships that wrapped up Friday in Macomb.

Rebecca Waite, a 2018 Milledgeville grad, finished 12th in the 100 (13.14) for Illinois State at the Wisconsin Alumni Classic.

Grand Valley State senior Lexy Duncan, a 2014 Dixon grad, competed in her final home meet Tuesday at the GVSU Last Chance Meet on Tuesday in Allendale, Michigan. Duncan finished second in the long jump (5.80 meters, 19-3).

Kelsey Simpson, a 2017 Newman grad, took 10th in the javelin (27.29 meters, 89-5 1/4) for D-II Upper Iowa at Loras’ Dr. Tucker Invite last Saturday in Dubuque, Iowa.

Fellow Newman grad Lizzie Oswalt ran the first leg of Augustana’s
second-place 4x100 relay (49.45), and finished 16th in the 200 (27.59) and 17th in the 100 (13.33) at the CCIW Outdoor Championships.

NAIA St. Ambrose finished second out of nine teams with 204.75 points at the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference Outdoor Championships last Friday in Joliet.

Corrie Reiley, a 2015 Prophetstown grad, ran the second leg of the Bees’ second-place 4x800 relay (9:29.89), was third in the 800 (2:20.19), and ran the anchor leg of the third-place 4x400 relay (4:08.55).

Alissa DeShane, a 2017 Erie grad, took second in both the javelin (32.71 meters, 107-3 1/4) and pole vault (3.25 meters, 10-6). Megan Grady, a 2017 Amboy grad, was fifth in the 5,000 (18:39.95) and seventh in the 10,000 (39:29.49). Mackenzie Clary, a 2018 Prophets-
town grad, took 17th in the 100 (14.32) and 19th in the 400 (1:07.14).

DeShane also won the javelin (22.25 meters, 73-0) and pole vault (3.35 meters, 10-11 3/4) at the SAU Mini-Meet on Thursday in Davenport, Iowa.


Tyler Willman earned the win in Heartland’s 12-11, 11-inning home win over Triton on Tuesday in Normal. The 2018 Sterling grad struck out one in one inning of relief.

Logan Pillars, a 2017 Rock Falls grad, struck out one in his two-inning start for Parkland in a 10-9 win at Kankakee on Tuesday.

Erik North, a 2018 Fulton grad, pitched a scoreless inning despite allowing three walks in Illinois Central’s 4-1 loss in the second game of a home doubleheader versus Heartland last Saturday in East Peoria.

Ryan Long was dealt a no decision in Highland’s 5-4 loss in the first game of a doubleheader at South Suburban last Saturday in South Holland. The 2016 Dixon grad allowed two unearned runs, four hits and three walks while striking out eight. The Cougars’ season ended at 17-22-1.

Carl Sandburg beat Knox College’s JV team 12-2 at home last Friday in Galesburg. Erie grad Jordan Chandler went 2-for-4 with two RBIs, two runs and a stolen base for the Chargers. Fulton
grad Devon Ballard
was 2-for-5.

Rock Valley lost its Region IV Tournament opener 13-11 at home versus Waubonsee on Thursday in Rockford. Brett Swalve, a 2018 Eastland grad, went 2-for-4 with a run for the Golden Eagles.

Swalve was 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run in 10-0 and 11-1 home wins over Illinois Valley last Friday. He went 0-for-2 in the first game of a home doubleheader against Oakton last Sunday, as the Eagles lost 15-4. Cory Simpson, a 2018 West Carroll grad, struck out two and allowed a hit and a walk in the second game against Oakton, a 9-7 loss.


Former Morrison ace Lauren Rice allowed four runs, five hits and two walks in 1 2/3 innings of relief in Ohio State’s 10-1 loss to Wisconsin in the Big Ten Tournament quarterfinals on Friday in Bloomington, Indiana. The NCAA Tournament Selection Show airs at
8 p.m. Sunday on ESPN2.

Missouri-Kansas City junior Madason Shaw, a 2016 Rock Falls grad, went 0-for-2 with a run in a 5-4 win over Utah Valley in the WAC Tournament quarterfinals on Wednesday in Phoenix, Arizona. Shaw went 1-for-3 with a double in a 5-4 loss to Seattle University on Thursday in the semifinals, and 1-for-3 with a stolen base in a season-ending 3-2 loss to Cal State-Bakersfield that ended the Kangaroos’ season.

Shaw was 0-for-3 in a 3-1 home loss to Grand Canyon last Friday. She went 1-for-3 in the first game of a home doubleheader last Saturday against GCU, a 3-2 victory for UMKC.

Alabama-Huntsville made its 17th straight appearance in the NCAA D-II Tournament. The Chargers won 6-2 versus Saint Leo on Thursday in a South 2 Regional hosted by Florida Tech in Melbourne, Florida, as 2016 Sterling grad Shannon Long went 0-for-2 with a run. Long was 1-for-2 in a 6-4 loss to Florida Tech on Friday, and 1-for-3 in a 6-3 loss to Mississippi College later in the day that ended the Chargers’ season.

Long also went 1-for-3 in a 6-1 loss to West Alabama in the Gulf South Tournament last Saturday in Pensacola, Florida.

Hannah Escamilla, a 2016 Sterling grad, went 1-for-3 in Coe College’s 3-1 loss to Carthage on Friday in the D-III UW-Whitewater Regional in Whitewater, Wisconsin. Escamilla was 0-for-2 in a 3-1 win over Simpson in the semifinals of the American Rivers Conference Tournament last Saturday in Pella, Iowa. She was 1-for-2 with a walk in a 3-0 loss to host Central later in the day.

Kishwaukee’s season ended with 2-0 and 5-4 losses at home versus Waubonsee last Sunday in Malta. Hailey White, a 2017 Oregon grad, went 3-for-4 with a stolen base in the second game after going 0-for-3 in the first game.

Highland’s season ended in the NJCAA Region IV Tournament quarterfinals against Illinois Valley, as the Cougars lost 12-4, won 8-5, and lost 6-2 on Thursday in Freeport. Emma Lindenmeyer, a 2017 Amboy grad, went 1-for-4 in Highland’s 5-2 and 5-1 victories at Bryant & Stratton last Saturday in Wauwautosa, Wisconsin. Lindenmeyer was 1-for-5 in a pair of 3-2 home wins over Sauk Valley last Sunday.

Black Hawk’s season ended with a 17-4 loss and a 5-1 loss in the NJCAA Region IV Tournament quarterfinals on Thursday at Carl Sandburg. The Braves also lost 9-1 and 6-1 last Saturday at Carl Sandburg. Madison Whitmore, a 2018 Fulton grad, went a combined 2-for-5 at the plate, and took the loss in the second game for the Braves, allowing all six runs, nine hits and four walks.

Rock Valley College went on the road and beat Joliet Junior College 8-3 and 8-6 last Friday. Cara Alexander, a 2018 Sterling grad, went 5-for-7 with a double and two runs in the two games for RVC. Emily Perkins, a 2017 Oregon grad, was 3-for-8
with a double, an RBI, two runs and two stolen bases. Lexi Meurer, a 2017 AFC grad, went 3-for-6 with two RBIs for Joliet, while twin sister Laci was hitless in seven at-bats.

Rock Valley won 10-2, 5-2 and 16-8, and lost 5-3 at home versus Cuyahoga last weekend. Alexander went 5-for-13 with a double, a triple and two runs in the four games. Perkins was 4-for-11 with two doubles, five RBIs, three runs and a stolen base.

Joliet won 7-3 and 10-2 at South Suburban last Sunday in South Holland. Lexi Meurer went 5-for-7 with two RBIs and three runs, while her sister Laci was 0-for-3 with an RBI in the first game.

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