Wrapping up spring sports

Mia Riese

SPORTS EDITOR

Emma Nelson

SPORTS WRITER

Women’s Track and Field

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The women’s track and field team had an incredibly young roster, with 30 of 34 athletes being freshmen or sophomores.

The team started their season off at multiple indoor meets. Elmhurst College placed 3rd at the North Central College Opener, 6th at the Carthage College Metzger Invite, 2nd at the UW-Parkside Classic, 3rd at the Ripon College Invite, 3rd at the Chicago Margaret Bradley Invite, and 8th at the CCIW Indoor Championships.

Freshman Briana Rapsy (high jump) and senior Jami Lessila (800m) received All-CCIW Honors in indoor events. Sophomore Ali Mondrella (indoor pentathlon), senior Yasmin Chavez (indoor 60m dash), and freshman Amanda Lams (indoor triple jump) all set new indoor school records.

“We had our first CCIW Individual Conference Champion in five years when (sophomore) Emily Gilligan won the indoor mile, and we had more All-CCIW Honors than we’ve had in over ten years,” shared head coach Jordan Bartolazzi.

After the indoor portion of the season, the team went straight into the outdoor portion of their season, placing 4th at the Hanover Invitational during spring break.

During the outdoor portion, the team placed 7th at the Wheaton College Invitational, 5th at the Benedictine Eagle Invitational, 6th at the Don Church Twilight Meet, and 8th at the CCIW Outdoor Championship.

Emily Gilligan took 2nd in the 1500m at the Outdoor CCIW Conference Championships. Outdoor 4x100m relay of Yasmin Chavez, freshman Stacia Landry, freshman Sabrina Urban, and freshman Jenna Rapp set a new school record.

Briana Raysby (high jump), freshman Mallory Burke (high jump), freshman Natalia Hernandez (steeplechase), and Yasmin Chavez (100m) earned All-CCIW Honors in outdoor events.

Emily Gilligan earned Elmhurst College Female Athlete of the 2018-2019 (XC and Track/Field) season.

Men’s Track and Field

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The Bluejays started off their 2019 season placing 4th at the NCC Cardinal Opener. The indoor season continued with the Bluejays placing 9th at the Carthage College Metzger Invite, 3rd at the UW-Parkside Classic, 4th at the Ripon College Invite, 5th at the Chicago Margaret Bradley Invite, and 9th at the CCIW Indoor Championships.

Senior Jacob Mammosser earned a 1st place finish three separate times in the javelin at the Benedictine University Relays, Wheaton College's Don Church Twilight Meet, and the Wheaton College Invitational.

The Bluejays struggled in the outdoor portion; the highest placing was at their first outdoor meet of the season, where they placed 6th at the Hanover Invitational.

In the last four meets of the season, the team placed 9th at the Wheaton Invitational, 17th at the Benedictine Eagle Invitational, 10th at Wheaton College's Don Church Twilight Meet, and 9th at the CCIW Outdoor Championship.

“Our teams, men and women, are making strides to recruit more and become more of an actual track team,” explained Mammosser. “Our team is young, but should have many more All-Conference runners in the near future.”

Jacob Mammosser (javelin), Jim Robley (javelin), and Matt Toblin (pole vault) earned All-CCIW Honors in Outdoor Track.

Baseball

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The EC baseball team faced a rough 2019 season with a 11-27 overall record and 5-19 CCIW record.

The team traveled to Florida for spring break at the beginning of their season and were 3-4 on the trip.

“We weren’t anywhere near 100-percent healthy this season,” explained head coach Joel Southern. “We are obviously looking forward to our players getting healthy and being ready to compete at a high level next year.”

Freshman Drew Raspolich lead the team with a .339 batting avg. and junior Jordan Scrimpsher was right behind him with a .334 batting avg.

Junior Alex Kielion led the Bluejays on the mound as the top pitcher in conference play, pitching every week. Kielion posted a 4.60 ERA during the season.

Scrimpscher was voted First-Team All-CCIW for the 2019 season.

Softball

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It is the final season for head coach Mike Paulo. He has been with the program for the last 13 years, but he has been in the head coach position for the last seven.

EC softball had a rough season going 9-24 overall and 2-14 in conference play. The Bluejays started their season in Florida where they played a total of nine games and walked away with a winning record of 5-4.

After Florida, the team struggled to find their groove. EC was able to split the conference doubleheaders with Millikin University and North Park University after coming up short on the first games of the series.

EC was able to end their season on a high note by winning the second game, 8-5, of their last game at Kalamazoo College.

Freshman Mia Tran and sophomore Veronica Zahn were selected to the CCIW All-Conference softball team.

Men’s Lacrosse

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Men’s lacrosse had another great season going 11-6 overall, 5-1 in conference, and making an appearance in the 2019 CCIW Championship game. This was the first championship appearance in program history.

Senior Mac Harden surpassed 200 goals, becoming the first Bluejay in EC men’s lacrosse history to do so.

Harden also earned CCIW Offensive Player of the Year for the second consecutive season and Elmhurst Male Co-Athlete of the year.

“We had a bunch of guys really find their game this year, so it was a good year for a lot of individuals,” explained Harden.

Senior Eric Langston earned First-Team All-CCIW Honors. Sophomore Marcus Yandall and sophomore Andrew Frerich earned Second-Team All-CCIW Honors.

Women’s Lacrosse

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The Bluejays collected one win over Olivet College (18-2) in the 2019 season. The women’s lacrosse team posted a 1-13 overall record and went 0-7 in conference play.

Sophomore Kalie Miller lead the team’s stats with 17 goals, 3 assists, and 20 points in the 2019 season.

Men’s Tennis

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The men’s tennis team ended the 2019 season with a 7-13 overall record and 2-5 in conference play.

The season started off with a 6-3 win over Lake Forest College. However, the team lost its mojo, losing three straight before gaining another win.

The Bluejays fought back and took big wins over Illinois Wesleyan University (5-4), Dominican University (8-0), and Simpson College (5-4).

The season ended with the team taking 6th at the CCIW Championships.