University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee freshman thrower and former Ottawa High School standout track and field athlete Sam Satterfield continues to have a successful rookie collegiate season for the Panthers.
In last weekend’s three-team Valpo Invite, Satterfield finished second in the shot put (43 feet, 5 inches) and third in the hammer throw (146-1) – both season bests. The previous week she placed fourth in both the shot put (40-1 1/4) and hammer throw (143-10) at the 13-team Green & White Invite hosted by Wisconsin Lutheran. Earlier this season, the former IHSA state qualifier finished seventh in the weight throw (50-11 1/2) and 11th in the shot put at the Horizon League Indoor Championships.
Southern Illinois University’s Kayla Schiera (sr., Sandwich) has put together solid efforts the past three weeks. This past weekend she won the 3,000-meter steeplechase (10 minutes, 29.73 seconds) at the Rock Chalk Classic at Kansas University. In Schiera’s previous two runs, she finished third in the 1,500 run (4:36.99) at the University of Louisville’s Clark Wood Invitational, and second in the 3,000 steeplechase (10:29.62) at Vanderbilt University’s Black and Gold Invitational.
Illinois Wesleyan University’s Cora Wilkinson (sr., Seneca) finished 10th in the 400 hurdles (1:08.42) and 16th in the long jump (16-2 1/4) in the ultracompetitive Illinois State Invitational. She also placed fifth in the 400 hurdles (1:04.72) at Indian State’s Sycamore Open.
The University of St. Francis performed well recently at the Olivet Nazarene University Invitational, led by Eva Bruno (sr., Seneca) after she finished first in the 800 (2:17.67) and was part of the winning 3,200 relay squad (9:22.93). Mara Bruno (fr., Seneca) was part of the 400 relay that placed first (:47.88), was third in the 200 (:25.74) and fourth in the long jump (16-2 1/4). Evelyn Odum (jr., Ottawa) placed 10th in the pole vault (9-2 1/4).
Aurora University’s Justin Sartori (jr., Sandwich) had an outstanding weekend to help the NCAA Division III No. 7-ranked Spartans sweep a four-game series from Concordia Chicago. Sartori went 10 for 21 with a pair of doubles, four homers, 14 RBIs and seven runs scored. On the season, he is batting .347 (51 for 147) with 14 doubles, a triple, five home runs and 41 RBIs. AU has won seven straight games and is 30-4 overall and 14-2 in the NACC.
Knox College outfielder Adam Brown (sr., Streator) recently had two solid games despite the Prairie Fire dropping a doubleheader to Grinnell College. Brown recorded three hits, including a double, scored twice and stole a pair of bases.
Rockford University outfielder/pitcher Jared Herzog (fr., Ottawa) is batting .308 (37 for 120) with nine doubles, a triple, a home run, 19 RBIs, six stolen bases, a .419 OBP and has seven multihit games for the Regents (12-22, 4-12 Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference). On the mound, Herzog had made seven appearances (four starts) and is 2-1 with a 3.46 ERA and 38 strikeouts in 26 innings pitched. On Sunday he fired a four-hitter, fanning seven in an 11-1 victory over Dominican University.
Saint Xavier University, ranked No. 14 in the latest NAIA polls, finished off an outstanding regular season with a 9-1, 5-4 doubleheader sweep of the University of St. Francis to improve to 29-2 overall and second place in the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference at 18-2. Cougars center fielder Lyda Robinson (jr., Seneca) set the SXU single-season record for stolen bases in the opening game and has 30 in 31 tries, which is tied for 13th nationally. On the season, Robinson leads the team with a .438 batting average, 34 runs scored, a double, a triple, 13 RBIs and a .484 on-base percentage. She also has 14 multihit games and three games with four hits.
Northern Illinois University’s Jenna Nink (fr., Ottawa) had a pinch-hit RBI double – her first collegiate hit and RBI – in the Huskies’ 11-4 win at Buffalo over the weekend. NIU is 17-27 overall and 11-17 in Mid-American Conference play.
Ball State University catcher Delanie Johnson (sr., Streator) is hitting .333 (37 for 120) this season with five doubles, four home runs, 14 RBIs and a .536 slugging percentage. Johnson also has thrown out 6 of 11 would-be base stealers for the Cardinals (27-16, 21-6 MAC).
St. Ambrose University (18-10, 12-8 CCAC) finished its regular season over the weekend and begins the league tournament this week. Jazzy Bowman (jr., Ottawa) has played in 25 games (23 starts) and is hitting .262 (11 for 42) with a double, a triple, five RBIs and seven stolen bases. Grace Schmitz (so., Streator) has appeared in 19 games (13 starts) and is batting .286 (8 of 28) with a double, four RBIs and a .487 OBP.
Joliet Junior College’s Emily Friese (fr., Flanagan-Cornell) has played in 22 games for the Wolves (23-16) and is hitting .400 (12 for 30) with a double, a home run and 13 RBIs. Friese has also made seven pitching appearances, fanning five in 10 1/3 innings.
North Central College is riding a five-match winning streak, is 14-5 overall, and on Saturday claimed the program’s first College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin title after a 5-0 victory over Augustana College in the conference championship match to finish 8-0. Katie McGraw (jr., Ottawa) has posted a 4-1 singles record and is 1-6 in doubles play. The Cardinals now prepare for their first appearance at the NCAA Division III regionals May 14.
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