Wartburg College junior and former Seneca High School standout cross country runner Carina Collet earned NCAA Division III All-American honors for the second straight season after placing 12th of nearly 300 runners in a time of 21 minutes, 36.5 seconds (4 seconds shy of her career-best) at the national meet held at Tom Sawyer State Park in Louisville, Ky. Collet also helped Wartburg finish sixth of the 32 competing teams.
Prior to nationals, Collet placed second at the Central Region Championships, helping the team place second, while also earning All-Region honors. She also claimed her second consecutive American Rivers Conference MVP earlier this season.
Benedictine University's Emma Roberts (Sr., Sandwich) also performed well at the NCAA Division III Championships, running the muddy and cold 6K course in 22:17 to place 44th, just four spots and four seconds shy of an All-American honor. To reach nationals, Roberts placed 14th (22:46) and earned All-Region honors at the Midwest Region Championships. Roberts finished her career with a second appearance at nationals and won three Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference Championships.
"Emma ran an amazing tactical race as she moved from 90th up to the top 40 by the last mile," said Benedictine coach Paul Zavala on the school's website about Roberts' performance at nationals. "Amazing career for Emma as she finished as one of the all-time best ever in Benedictine Cross Country history."
University of St. Francis' Charleen Mascote (Jr., Streator) placed 181st of the 340 runners, covering the 5K course in a time of 19:59.2 at the NAIA National Championships held in Vancouver, Wash., helping the Fighting Saints finish fourth as a team — the highest mark in the program's history.
Christopher Collet (Fr., Seneca) placed 130th for Wartburg College at the NCAA Division III National Championships, running the 8K course in 25:39.8 and helping Knights finish 13th of the 32 teams. Prior to nationals, Collet finished 16th (26:04.9) at the Central Region Championships to earn All-Region honors and helped the team capture its second straight region championship.
Illinois State University (9-4) defeated Southeast Missouri 24-6 in the first round of the NCAA Division I FCS Playoffs on Saturday. Starting offensive guard Jared Rients (Sr., Fieldcrest) helped the Redbirds rush for 340 yards and a 5.8 per average in the victory, and has been a key in ISU averaging 179.8 rushing yards (307.3 total yards) per outing this season. Illinois State travels to Central Arkansas this Saturday for a second-round matchup.
Missouri Western State University tight end Cam Grandy (So., Fieldcrest) has been named Honorable Mention to the All-Mid-American Intercollegiate Athletics Association Team. Grandy's postseason honor comes after he led the Griffons (8-3) with five touchdown catches on 19 total receptions for 250 yards. The season isn't done for MWSU, as it will play Henderson State University this Saturday at noon in the Agent Berry Live United Bowl at the University of Arkansas' Razorback Stadium.
The Waubonsee Community College Lady Chiefs (24-17) recently dropped both of their matches at the NJCAA II National Tournament in Charleston, W.V., to finish the season. In its opening match, No. 13-seeded Waubonsee fell in straight sets to No 4-seeded Fort Scott (KS) Community College and then had its season end with a 3-1 loss to No. 5-seeded Catawba Valley (NC) Community College. Against Catawba, Riane Tomsa (So., Newark) had 11 digs, Sydni Coultrip (So., Somonauk) nine kills, 16 assists and 11 digs, and Alyssa Gittins (Fr., Newark) a kill, three digs and two blocks. On the season, Coultrip finished with 387 kills, 521 assists, 48 aces, 240 digs and 40 blocks; Gittins 137 kills, 58 aces and 101 blocks; Tomsa 574 digs, 43 assists and 36 aces; and Evelyn Martin (Fr., Newark) 59 kills, 19 digs and 12 blocks.