On campus, March 10, 2018

On campus, March 10, 2018

Sophomore Vincent Gordon, from Centennial, earned U.S. Track and Field and Cross-Country Coaches Association All-America honors with his performance at the NJCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships. The Iowa Western sprinter finished sixth in both the 60 and 200 meters and was a member of the fifth-place 1,600 relay that broke the school record.

Seven more area athletes earned honors at their track and field conference championships. At the Missouri Valley Conference track and field championships, Illinois State junior Amanda McClain, from Sullivan, won the long jump for the third consecutive season, jumping 19 feet, 101 / 2 inches in addition to being a member of the Redbirds' 1,600 relay that finished second. Also earning All-MVC honors was Bradley sophomore Nick Porter, from Paxton-Buckley-Loda, who ran one of the two 800 meter legs for the winning distance medley relay squad. In the high jump, Indiana State sophomore Tyler Owen, from Georgetown-Ridge Farm/Chrisman, earned his first All-MVC honor with a career-best jump of 6-93 / 4.

Aurora University sophomores Jeremiah Cooley and Carl Way both earned All-Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference honors. The former Danville teammates each posted top-three finishes in their individual events with Cooley taking first in the 800 and Way coming in second in the 5,000. Cooley also was a member of Aurora's second-place 1,600 relay and third-place distance medley relay.

At the Ohio Valley Conference championships, Eastern Illinois graduate student Ryan Pearce, from Villa Grove, earned a silver medal with a throw of 55-31 / 4 in the shot put. Earning a bronze medal in the weight throw was Belmont junior Stephen Gibson, from Tuscola, who threw a personal-best 60-31 / 4.

Freshman Morgan Day, from Tuscola, was named the MVC Newcomer of the Week for her efforts at the LSU Tiger Classic last weekend. The Illinois State right-hander went 1-1 with an 0.98 ERA in 21 innings pitched, including a 2-0 shutout of Purdue and a complete game 1-0 loss to No. 10 ranked LSU. The Redbirds are in Norman, Okla., this weekend for a tournament.

A pair of Illinois-Springfield baseball players swept the Great Lakes Valley Conference Player of the Week honors on March 1. Senior Nick Stokowski, from Monticello, hit .545 for the week with a 1.492 OPS, driving in five runs while scoring seven and homering. In his first 11 games, Stokowski is hitting .500 with five homers and 15 RBI. Freshman Colton Hale, from St. Joseph-Ogden picked up pitching honors after spinning four scoreless innings in his collegiate debut. Hale has a 2-0 record and has allowed no runs in 42 / 3 innings in his first two appearances. The 8-3 Prairie Stars will host Lindenwood in a doubleheader starting at noon today.

Senior Lea Hall, from Salt Fork, has started nine games for Illinois College. Going into Friday, Hall led the Lady Blues with three home runs, 13 RBI, a .538 on-base percentage, and 1.000 slugging percentage. Hall also led the Midwest Conference in RBI and slugging percentage. She also ranked top 10 in the league in home runs, hits, runs scored, and walks. Illinois College travels to Westfield, Ind., for the DePauw Tournament on March 16.