Conner O'Neil turned in an afternoon round of 1-under par 71 in leading the Illinois Wesleyan men's golf team to a 17-stroke lead after 36 holes of the College conference of Illinois and Wisconsin Championship on Friday at Red Tail Run in Decatur.
O'Neil, who was in ninth place after the first round, climbed into second with a 147 total, two strokes behind Kyle Donovan of Carthage and one ahead of Millikin's Blaine Buente.
The Titans shot 292 in the first round and led Wheaton by eight, then followed with a 293 team score in the afternoon for a 585 total. Host Millikin is second at 602 and Carthage sits in third at 603.
IWU teammates Ben Johnson, who shared the 18-hole lead at 72, and Skylar LeVine were tied in fourth at 149. All six competing Titans were among the top eight individuals.
Softball wins two: Mackenzie Marquis tossed a two-hitter for her second shutout of the day as the third-seeded Illinois Wesleyan softball team earned a 5-0 victory over No. 1 Millikin in the CCIW Tournament at Decatur.
Katie Caulfied had two hits and two RBIs for the Titans (30-12), who started the day with an 8-0, five-inning win over Carthage (24-17).
IWU will play for the title at noon Saturday against the winner of the 10 a.m. elimination game between the Big Blue (31-11) and No. 4 North Central. A second championship game would follow if necessary.
Marquis (11-6) struck out seven and walked three against Millikin after notching five strikeouts against three hits and five walks.
Julie Josten tripled and drove in two for IWU in the win over the Big Blue. Amanda Lack followed her triple with an RBI single an RBI double to finish a five-run fifth.
In the first game, Maggie Graham had two RBIs with a sacrifice fly in the second and single in a three-run third. Caulfield had two hits, scoring on a Josten triple that started another three-run rally in the fifth.
Track pair win CCIW titles: Jamie Gradishar won the pole vault and Amelia Glueck captured the long jump to highlight Illinois Wesleyan performances Friday in the CCIW Track and Field Meet at Rock Island.
Gradishar won with a height of 12 feet, 4 inches, while Glueck had a winning effort of 19 feet, 3/4-inch. They led IWU to 41 points, good for third place after six events. The Titans' Karly Goodman was second in the javelin and Isabella Schneider tied for second in the pole vault.
The IWU men scored three points and were in eighth place through six events. The meet concludes Saturday.
Softball trio all-SLIAC: Eureka College sophomore shortstop Kerrigan Dura, junior utility player Kali George and junior outfielder Krysten Wallace have been named to the All-St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Softball First Team.
All three are repeat honorees. Dura is the first player in Eureka's SLIAC softball history to earn first team honors in consecutive seasons, while George joins Cathy Kalnicky and former teammate Savanna Tapper as the only Eureka softball players to be named to the All-SLIAC Team in at least three different seasons.