Trolls women win Concordia Invitational
For most of the last two years, Anna Bos has been leading the way for Trinity Christian College’s women’s track team.
Last weekend, she and her fellow Trolls had the ultimate payoff, winning the Cougar Invitational at Concordia University in River Forest. Five event victories keyed Trinity’s rise to the top and its total of 170 1/2 points, with Bos’ remarkable time of 10 minutes, 20.07 seconds in the 3,000-meter run representing the day’s highlight.
That not only eclipsed by 50 seconds her personal-best effort and school-record clocking, but Bos’ performance also inspired Hannah Schwab. Schwab surpassed Bos’ previous standard as well by completing the race in 11:10.55.
Bos’ influence has been infectious, and it really showed at Concordia. Jessica Disselkoen led a 1-2-4 finish in the 1,000, winning in 3:08.65. Schwab hit the finish line in 3:11.55 and Leah Van Tol stopped the timer in 3:28.93.
Brooke Hamilton and Justine VanDyk occupied the first two positions in the 400-hurdles, Hamilton winning the event in 1:09.16 and VanDyk being runner-up in 1:11.08. Both punched their tickets to the National Christian College Athletic Association outdoor meet, as did Ashley Jourdan by capturing the 1,500 in 4:45.09.
Rounding out the list of Trolls triumphs was the one posted by the 1,600-relay unit, which raced to victory in 4:05.98. Jourdan, Hamilton, Emily Dykstra and Courtney Kalous formed the quartet.
There were three other second-place finishes, including Olivia Schipper’s effort in the discus. Trinity picked up a pile of points in field events, with Dykstra’s third in the triple jump — a leap of 34 feet, 7 inches — qualifying her for NCCAA postseason activity.
The men’s squad took fourth in its 16-school competition, with Andy Reidsma’s win in the 1,500 — in 3:59.73 — being the lone individual victory. The Trolls also captured the 3,200 relay, while Chris Koutavas notched a second in the 1,000. Reidsma anchored the 1,600-relay squad that gave Trinity another runner-up finish.
The two Trolls teams start a three-day run at the Hillsdale Relays today, the last tune-up before the CCAC Championship on May 2-3 at Olivet Nazarene University.
The 4-1 showing produced by the Trolls last week was created the old-fashioned way: with pitching and defense.
Trinity’s bats made plenty of noise in the last game, a 12-2 rout of Calumet College of St. Joseph, but the key to their success — and climbing above .500 for the season at 18-17 — started on the mound. The Trolls held opponents to three runs or fewer in their four victories while giving up five in a one-run loss to Judson University.
Trinity swept Calumet College, winning 6-3 and 5-3 before the romp in the finale of the three-game scrap. The Trolls led the opener 4-3 after seven innings, then picked up one more run in each of the last two frames while Danny Britt held the opposition to one hit over the last six stanzas to earn his fourth win of the season.
Joe McCaw’s homer in the second game — the second of his three across the week — staked Trinity to a 3-0 lead in the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader. The Crimson Wave tied the score in the sixth, tallying three times on a combination of two walks, three hit batsmen and three wild pitches, before sanity returned in the bottom of the sixth. That’s when Joe Presutti and Vince Flores smacked RBI singles to move the Trolls ahead to stay.
Another McCaw round-tripper opened Trinity’s scoring in the nightcap and a seven-hit second inning added nine runs to its total, thereby putting the game out of reach.
Judson collected 10 hits in the Trolls’ only loss of the week, the timeliness of them negating Trinity’s dozen safeties, which were more scattered. In the opener of that twinbill, the Trolls came through with a pair of runs in the eighth inning to collect a 5-3 triumph.
McCaw’s first homer of the week put Trinity ahead and Lance Lammers’ two-out single scored Britt shortly thereafter.
• The Numbers (through April 20): 18-17 overall, 7-8 CCAC, 7-6 home, 6-7 road, 5-4 neutral. Leaders: Joe McCaw, .381, 48 hits, .595 slugging percentage, 31 RBI, 4 HR; Lance Lammers, 9 steals; Danny Britt 4 wins; Jimmy Hinkleman, 2.38 ERA; Brad Kopale, 3 saves; Drew Chibe, Britt, 34 strikeouts each.
• Schedule: Friday, vs. Olivet Nazarene University, 3:30 p.m.; Saturday, at Olivet Nazarene (2), 12:30 p.m.; Tuesday, at Trinity International University (2), 1 p.m.
It’s tough to match up with a juggernaut.
The Trolls learned that on Thursday, when they visited Bourbonnais for a doubleheader with Olivet Nazarene. The Tigers came in ranked seventh in the NAIA and sporting a 32-game winning streak.
The streak is now 34 games. Olivet bounced Trinity twice, 8-0 and 8-3, and sent the Trolls to a 2-4 record last week to drop them below .500 (17-19) for the season. Trinity managed six hits in Game 1 and seven in Game 2, the highlight in the latter contest being a two-RBI double by Mattie McGuire.
Earlier in the week, the Trolls split with Cardinal Stritch University, winning 9-3 and losing 4-1, with a four-run second inning in the opener the key to the romp. McGuire scattered eight hits to collect the pitching victory.
The week opened with a pair of crazy games against Roosevelt University in 38-degree weather. Trinity lost 9-0 in the truncated five-inning opener, then rebounded to score a 10-9 victory over the Lakers in the nightcap.
One run in the first inning and four more in the second earned the Trolls a 5-1 lead in Game 2. Roosevelt scored four times in the top of the third to tie it and four more times in the fourth to take a 9-5 lead, but Trinity chipped away, scoring once in the fifth, another run in the sixth and three more in the bottom of the seventh to collect the wildest victory of the season.
McGuire’s three-RBI double with one out broke up the game. She also picked up the win in relief.
• The Numbers (through April 21): 17-19 overall, 7-7 CCAC, 8-9 home, 1-6 road, 8-7 neutral. Leaders: Samantha Radunz, .412, .588 slugging percentage; Anna Phillips, Jayme Love, 40 hits each; Love, 14 RBI; A. Phillips, 7 steals; Tori Grzincic, 2 HR; Brianna Brugioni, 7 wins, 66 strikeouts, 1.65 ERA; Mattie McGuire, 1 save.
• Schedule: Today, vs. the University of St. Francis, 3 p.m.; Friday, vs. Lindenwood-Belleville, 3 p.m.; Saturday, at Wheaton College, 10 a.m.
The last tune-up for this week’s Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference Championship was at Balmoral Woods, where the Trolls took fifth in a field of eight teams, seven of them conference foes.
Brian Deckinga had the best individual finish, a fourth place garnered with a 7-over-par 79. Jonathan Zandstra was the next-best Trinity player as he fired a round of 84.
Scoring leaders (through April 16): Logan Vos, 75, Aug. 30, Sept. 20; Jonathan Zandstra, 76, Sept. 21, April 12; Spencer TenHaken, 77, April 11; Scott Ebbeling, 78, Aug. 31; Tim Hoeksema, 79, Aug. 31; Brian Deckinga, 79, April 16.