IWU women look
to repeat national
Illinois Wesleyan's women's track and field team, led by defending champions Molly McGraw and Amelia Glueck, will try to repeat as team champion in the NCAA Division III Outdoor Championships beginning Thursday at SPIRE Institute in Geneva, Ohio.
McGraw, a former Central Catholic High School star, won the high jump title last year while Glueck, a Tremont High School graduate, captured the long jump championship. This year, McGraw has the No. 1-ranked high jump effort at 5 feet, 9¾ inches, while Glueck enters the nationals at No. 5 with a best of 19-4¾. Both are juniors.
IWU's other national qualifiers are junior Karly Goodman in the shot put (21st, 44-10¾) and seniors Maddison Zimmer in the 400-meter dash (7th, 55.50), Liz Oltman in the 400 hurdles (20th, 1:02.31) and Jamie Gradishar in the pole vault (20th, 12-4).
The Titans also won Division III national women's outdoor titles in 2008 and 2010, finished fourth in 2015, seventh in 2009 and ninth in 2012.
Action runs Thursday through Saturday.
O'Neil earns All-America honor: Illinois Wesleyan junior Conner O'Neil was a first-team selection on the PING All-America squad for Division III, announced by the Golf Coaches Association of America following the Division III Championships.
O'Neil has a season scoring average of 72.3 and tied for 18th in the Division III national tournament. He was tournament medalist in the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin championships, the 95-player GolfWeek DIII Invitational, the fall Carthage Invitational and the Augustana Invitational.
O'Neil is among five Division III semifinalists for the Jack Nicklaus National Player of the Year Award. His 73.8 career scoring mark after three seasons is the best in school golf records.