Joe Williamson has given much of his life to the Purdue Northwest athletics department. Last Saturday the Pride gave a little something back.
Williamson became the 61st inductee into the Pride Athletics Hall of Fame during a ceremony at Purdue Northwest’s Center of Hospitality and Tourism Management.
Williamson, a 1969 graduate of Purdue, has been closely involved with Purdue Northwest’s annual golf outing and has been a leader and major donor for the Powers Endowed Scholarship Fund.
“Joe has been an amazing supporter for Pride Athletics for so long and is so deserving of the Hall of Fame,” Purdue Northwest director of athletics Rick Costello said in a statement. “Working with John Friend, he has co-chaired the annual Powers Purdue Northwest Golf Outing that started in 1981 and raised over $1 million dollars for Purdue Northwest student-athlete scholarships. His efforts have been instrumental in helping our department grow and transition to NCAA Division II.”
Williamson, who served in the U.S. Army for two years, also serves on the Board of Directors for the Community Foundation of Northwest Indiana and is chairman of the Maintenance Committee for Veterans Memorial Park in Munster.
Crimson Wave send three to nationals: Three Calumet College of St. Joseph track athletes shined at the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships in Davenport, Iowa, last weekend. Senior Roger Malonda continued his strong season by qualifying for nationals in his third event of the year. The Spaniard ran the mile in 4 minutes, 17.75 seconds, meeting the A-Standard qualifying time for nationals. Malonda had previously qualified for the 1,000- and 3,000-meter races in the last two weeks of competition.
Malonda won’t be alone when he travels to Kansas next week for nationals as sophomore Robert Davis and Munster product Olivia Askew also earned qualifying marks over the weekend. Davis won the men’s long jump at the CCAC Indoor Championships with a jump of 6.99 meters, good enough to meet the A-Standard. Askew, a senior at CCSJ, finished in second place in three different events in Davenport, including in the 400-meter dash, in which she met the A-Standard with a time of 58.72 seconds.
The NAIA National Indoor Track and Field Championships are held in Pittsburgh, Kansas, beginning on Feb. 28.
Richardson tosses no-no for Crusaders: Valparaiso sophomore Emily Richardson threw the first seven-inning no-hitter in nearly 16 years last Saturday when the Crusaders knocked off North Carolina Central in their final game of the Buccaneer Invitational in Charleston, South Carolina.
Richardson, who was two outs shy of a no-hitter one week earlier, struck out 11 batters, including two batters in the bottom of the seventh inning before getting the final batter out on a pop fly to first baseman Taylor Bowman.
Richardson’s no-hitter was the first for Valparaiso since Amanda Bolton threw a five-inning no-hitter against Temple in 2013. Valparaiso’s last seven-inning no-hitter came when Amanda Gilbertson blanked St. Thomas Aquinas in 2002. Richardson’s gem is the 10th known no-hitter in Valparaiso history.