College honors

Posted Online: Sept. 03, 2014, 11:27 pm
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College women's cross country
Augie's Sund earns league acclaim: Augustana's Becca Sund (Palatine HS, Palatine, Ill.) was named the CCIW's Runner of the Week, selected after an outstanding performance over the Labor Day weekend.

The team co-captain was the Vikings' MVP a year ago and she picked up right where she left off last season. At the St. Ambrose-hosted Fighting Bee Open in Crow Creek Park in Bettendorf, she placed second in the 4000 meter race (2.49 miles) with a time of 15:25. The only runner to beat Sund was junior Kristen Garwood of Hannibal-LaGrange with a winning time of 15:12. Sund beat a pair of St. Ambrose runners for the runner-up position. Rebecca Wilder and Dominique Guinnane, both of the host Bees, finished third and fourth respectively with times of 15:26 and 15:26.5.

Sund, a math major, was a Capital One Academic All-American selection in the spring after a tremendous junior year in both cross country and track & field.

College men's cross country
SAU's Balduf honored: St. Ambrose runner Ty Balduf was named the Midwest Collegiate Conference's first Runner of the Week for the 2014 fall season. The junior from Chicago earned the honor when he finished second out of 27 runners at the Fighting Bee Opener. His 5K time of 17:02 was a personal best and helped St. Ambrose to the team title.

College women's soccer
Augie's Skotnicki honored: Senior back Kerri Skotnicki (Waubonsie Valley HS, Aurora, Ill.) has been named the first women's soccer CCIW Defensive Player of the Week of 2014. The Augustana co-captain was instrumental in the Vikings' 2-1 season-opening win over 24th-ranked Calvin last Saturday. Skotnicki led a defensive effort that allowed the Knights just 10 shots in the match and just three in the second half. In addition, she scored the tying goal, slipping a corner from the right side past the Calvin keeper in the 52nd minute. Skotnicki has been a three-year regular for Scot Mejia's Vikings and last year she recorded two assists and had three shots on goal in 20 matches played.

SAU's Lynn nabs honor: St. Ambrose senior goalkeeper Morgan Lynn was named Midwest Collegiate Conference Defensive Player of the Week. The senior from Pekin parlayed a solid week against some stiff competition into her first honor. Lynn's week was highlighted with a shutout against No. 10-ranked Robert Morris (Ill.) in which she posted seven saves. She also permitted just one goal against both NCAA Division I Northern Iowa and Graceland. For the week, she finished with 14 saves.


Local events heading

  Today is Thursday, Oct. 2, the 275th day of 2014. There are 90 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: The ladies have adopted the fashion of wearing representations of insects in the flowers on their bonnets. Some look very natural.
1889 -- 125 years ago: T.F. Cary, former Rock Island alderman, has accepted a position as salesman for a Chicago wallpaper house and plans to move to that city.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Work on the new telephone building on 18th Street between 6th and 7th avenues is progressing rapidly.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater at 3rd Avenue and 19th Street will have a name significant of its location. The "Rocket" is scheduled to open Thanksgiving Day.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Two of Rock Island's newest water towers were vandalized last night, including the one at 38th Street and 31st Avenue, where police took five Moline boys into custody about 9 p.m..
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some of us who live in the Quad-Cities take the Mississippi River for granted, or at least we used to. But the river is not taken for granted by our visitors. And most Quad-Citians are realizing the importance of the river to this area as increased emphasis is placed on tourism.

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