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.