Thursday, May 1, 2014

Hawks Rise to the Occasion at Benedictine

Men's Track and Field: Tom Rohn 2014
Rohn took third place in the 200m and second in the 400m. (Jim Cummins)
LISLE, Ill.  Competing at the Benedictine Twilight, the Harper College men's track and field team continued setting personal-bests across the board. The Hawks took eighth place as a team in a meet that featured several four-year schools.

While a good portion of the team has already qualified for nationals, that didn't stop numerous Hawk athletes from performing their best in a loaded field of teams. In the sprints, Tom Rohn (/Cary) scored points in both the 200 and 400-meter dash. Rohn's time of 22.41 seconds was good for third place in the 200m while he ran a PR 49.02 seconds in the 400m to take second place in a field of 26 sprinters.

In the 800-meter run, all five Harper runners ran PR times, led by Max Anderson (/Cary Grove) (1:57.97) and followed by John Majerus (Elk Grove Village, Ill./Elk Grove) (2:02.23), Junious Matlock () (2:06.74) Connor Williams (/Wauconda) (2:09.09) and Raphael Quintana (2:19.38). Jhoan Lino (León, Guanajuato/Streamwood) (4:03.28) and Zach Stella (Palatine, Ill./Palatine) (4:09.34) both ran personal-bests in the 1500-meter run while Andrew Guibord (Crystal Lake, Ill./Prairie Ridge) qualified for nationals in the 3000-meter steeplechase with a time of 10:57.55.

In the 3000-meter run, Juan Barajas (Hoffman Estates, Ill./Schaumburg) (9:09), Nick Modlin (Wheeling, Ill./Wheeling) (9:23) and Sebastian Ramirez (Lima, Peru/Palatine) (9:30) all set personal-bests.  Daniel Lim (Schaumburg, Ill./Streamwood) set new PR's in both the 110 and 400-meter hurdles with times of 15.98 seconds (sixth place) and 1:01.77.

Ernest Downing () took eighth place in the long jump with a jump of 6.31m (20' 8 ½ "). The 4x100m relay group of Downing, Rohn, Max Anderson (/Cary Grove) and John Walker (/Huntley) took second place with a PR time of 43.38 seconds.

Finally, Brad Walls (/Palatine) set a PR in the discus with a toss of 35.89m (117' 9").
Harper scored 34 points in the meet. North Central (123 points) took top team honors, followed by Illinois-Chicago (116 points) and Olivet Nazarene (113 points).

The Hawks have one final tune-up at Carroll University on Saturday, May 3 before heading to the NJCAA Division III National Championship (hosted by Mohawk Valley Community College) from May 8-10.

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