The local schools were well-represented in both the men's and women's Division III Track and Field National Championships. Wheaton, Elmhurst and North Central all went home with newly named All-Americans.
North Central displayed a dominating performance as the men's and women's teams combined for 10 All-America performances, one national champion and a third-place team performance by the men's team. Senior John Crain finished his career with a second-place finish in the 5,000-meter and a national championship in the 10,000-meter. Crain was named an All-American in both events, an honor given to the top eight finishers in every event, and he now has four national championships in his career.
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In addition to Crain, North Central's men's team had All-America honors given to three other individual athletes and the 1,600-meter relay team. Both Troy Kelleher and Roger Klein finished in the top five behind Crain in the 10,000-meter and Adam Weidner finished sixth in the shot put.
A pair of North Central women finished in the top-eight in the 1,500-meter run, with Nora Ferguson finishing fifth and Madison Renfro in seventh. Brook Patterson was named an All-America in pole vault and Ebony Stallworth broke the school record in shot put with her All-America performance.
Elmhurst had a pair of awards as well, both coming from Alyssa Poremba. The senior set a school record with her sixth-place performance in the 5,000-meter and third in the 10,000-meter. These were Poremba's first All-America honors of her career.
Wheaton's James Waterman (Wheaton North) finished his career as an All-American, receiving the honor for the third time while on the Thunder team. Waterman finished sixth in the 3,000-meter steeplechase.
The Eagles women's soccer team is searching for a new coach after Jason Burr stepped down.
Burr held the position for two seasons, compiling an 11-22-4 record. He is moving on from Benedictine to be the coach at Division I Indiana University Purdue University Fort Wayne.
The search for his replacement began immediately. Whoever fills the position will join a team that returns eight regular starters from last year's team.