College: St. Francis cross country runner Hilary Halford earns league honor
By Dennis Nelson For Sun-Times Media October 10, 2013 10:52PM
St. Francis' Hilary Halford has won six CCAC Runner of the Week awards. | Dave Hilbert/For Sun-Times Media
Updated: November 12, 2013 6:28AM
The Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference should name the Women’s Cross Country of the Week award the Hilary Halford Award.
For the sixth time in her career and third time this season, the St. Francis senior has won the league’s weekly award after taking 49th place out of 288 runners at the Greater Louisville Classic. She covered the 5K course in 18 minutes, 11 seconds.
The Saints slipped a spot to No. 5 in the latest NAIA poll.
For the sixth straight week, the Saints men’s team was tabbed the No. 1 team in NAIA. The defending NAIA champion Saints finished ninth out of 32 teams at the Greater Louisville Classic.
Lewis junior Armand Levandi advanced to the Final Four of the USTA/ITA National Small College Men’s Tennis Championships on Thursday with a 6-4, 6-2 victory over Colorado Mesa’s Jordan Lyden at the Three Oaks Tennis Center.
“The opening round of a tennis tournament is usually tough, and Armand did what he needed to do to get through the match,” Lewis coach Brett Bridel said.
St. Francis sophomore linebacker Mike Passo has been named Mid-States Football Association Mideast League Defensive Player of the Week for his performance Saturday in the Saints’ 56-6 win over Concordia (Mich.).
Passo led a Saints defensive effort that limited Concordia to 189 total yards and kept the Cardinals off the scoreboard until their final offensive play of the game. He finished the day with nine tackles, including two tackles-for-loss and a sack, as the Saints limited Concordia to three yards on the ground.
Joliet Junior College defeated Olivet Nazarene University JV 25-16, 25-27, 25-12, 25-17 to give coach Kisha Cameron her 100th career victory at the school over five seasons. The Wolves are 13-16 overall, 5-3 in the N4C.
Building off her stellar 2012-13 season, Lewis forward Jess Reinhart earned preseason Honorable Mention accolades from Women’s Division II Bulletin.
Reinhart, the Most Outstanding Player of the 2013 Great Lakes Valley Conference Tournament, led the Flyers to the GLVC Championship averaging 14.4 points and 7.2 rebounds per game. The junior also was named to the 2013 All-GLVC First Team and NCAA Division II Women’s Basketball Daktronics All-Midwest Region Team.