Men’s Track & Field
One week after revealing two banners celebrating the national championships won in 2017, the men’s track & field team hit the road for their season opener at Grand Valley State University. It was a strong showing for the team, who took advantage of the chance to compete against several Division II and NAIA schools to place second in a twelve team field. The Cardinals notched two wins on the night: freshman Nick Janca in the high jump and junior Nolan McKenna in the 3000-meter run.
Women’s Track and Field
Also making the long trip to Grand Valley State was the women’s track & field team. While the team only brought 15 of their athletes, this didn’t stop them from putting together a third-place effort, an impressive feat for a young team. Senior Allison Hartman led the charge, breaking the 600-meter record by two seconds.
Coming into the game on a seven-game winning streak, the Cardinals had their hands full facing off against CCIW rival Wheaton College. Despite an early deficit, the Cardinals were able to grind out a 75-66 victory to make it eight in a row and improve to second in the conference rankings.
A poor shooting display — 32 percent from the field — spoiled the Cardinal’s hopes take down visiting conference foe Wheaton College, falling 72-55. The Cardinals look to get back on track when they travel to Augustana College on Wednesday.
The weekend was a chance for some of the team’s younger athletes to shine while most of the top wrestlers got a break from competition. The 14th-ranked Cardinals were still able to turn in a second place performance at Elmhust College for the Al Hanke Invitational.