Benedictine Men Make it Four In A Row at NACC Indoor Track & Field Championships

Benedictine University, 2019 NACC Men's Indoor Track & Field Champion
Benedictine University, 2019 NACC Men's Indoor Track & Field Champion

KENOSHA, Wis. ( --- Benedictine University captured eight event titles en route to a fourth straight Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference (NACC) men's indoor track & field title Saturday at Tarble Athletic and Recreation Center.

Complete Results

The Eagles posted 181 points to finish with a clear advantage over runner-up Aurora University with 110 points. Concordia University Wisconsin edged Milwaukee School of Engineering, 85-82.5, for third place, while Wisconsin Lutheran College (53) took fifth. Edgewood College (38), Illinois Institute of Technology (30), Concordia University Chicago (26.5), Rockford University (17), Lakeland University (0) and Marian University (0) rounded out the team scoring.

The Eagles dominated the short sprints, placing four in the top five in both the 55-meter dash and the 200. Calvin Jordan won both events, taking the 55 in an all-time NACC-best mark of 6.38 seconds, and was named NACC Track Athlete of the Meet. He eclipsed the mark of 6.39 seconds posted by former Eagle Jordan Johnson at last year's NACC Championships.

Teammate DJ Anderson pulled off a double of his own, winning the 400 in meet-record time and leading a podium sweep in the triple jump en route to NACC Athlete of the Meet honors. Anderson's 400 time of 49.49 seconds erased the former mark of 50.01 set by WLC's Travis Turnquist at the 2012 championships. He also anchored BenU's winning 1,600 relay.

Marcos Garcia captured the mile-3K double for Benedictine. He won by nearly 30 seconds in the 3,000, adding the meet championship record (8:37.70) to the NACC all-time record he already holds. Garcia's time displaces the 8:45.73 posted by CUW's Micah Lorenzen at the 2009 NAC Championships.

The final Benedictine victory came from DeVonte Wilson in the long jump, edging teammate Xavier Jones by one centimeter for the crown.

Aurora's Ryan Njegovan received NACC Field Athlete of the Meet honors after sweeping the throwing events. Njegovan crushed the field in the shot put, posting a mark of 17.45 meters (57-3) to erase his own championship record set two years ago.

Jalen Kyles (55 hurdles) and Peter Rudelich (high jump) also grabbed titles for Aurora.

Edgewood finished with two titles led by Quentin Zwiers, who won the 800 and ran the third leg on the Eagles' winning distance medley relay.

The final two individual crowns went to Concordia Wisconsin's Craig Reese (5,000) and Grant Johnson (4.25m; 13-11 1/4).

MSOE's Jesse Lambrecht was named NACC Freshman of the Meet after finishing runner-up in the 5,000 and sixth in the 3,000.

Aurora University head coach Jeff Fellers was named NACC Coach of the Year by his peers.

Individual Champions
55 dash - Calvin Jordan, Benedictine, 6.38 - All-time NACC best
200 - Calvin Jordan, Benedictine, 22.34
400 - DJ Anderson, Benedictine, 49.49 - Meet Record
800 - Quentin Zwiers, Edgewood, 2:01.79
Mile - Marcos Garcia, Benedictine, 4:21.67
3,000 - Marcos Garcia, Benedictine, 8:37.70 - Meet Record
5,000 - Craig Reese, Concordia Wisconsin, 15:40.57
55 hurdles - Jalen Kyles, Aurora, 7.74
1,600 relay - Benedictine (James Ellis, Ron Smith, Will Schoonover, DJ Anderson), 3:28.05
DMR - Edgewood (Noah Miller, Justin Christiansen, Quentin Zwiers, Lucas Caminiti), 10:52.45
High Jump - Peter Rudelich, Aurora, 1.93m (6-4)
Pole Vault - Grant Johnson, Concordia Wisconsin, 4.25m (13-11 1/4)
Long Jump - DeVonte Wilson, Benedictine, 6.64m (21-9 1/2)
Triple Jump - DJ Anderson, Benedictine, 13.73m (45-0 1/2)
Shot Put - Ryan Njegovan, Aurora, 17.45m (57-3) - Meet Record
Weight Throw - Ryan Njegovan, Aurora, 15.91m (52-2 1/2)