She’s back at it again.
Lake Central grad Rachel Zajac continues to save her best for last. The fifth-year senior broke a nearly 13-year-old 5K record Friday at the Notre Dame Invitational Gold Race with a time of 17 minutes, 57.2 seconds to lead IUPUI to a 16th place finish out of 26 teams.
Zajac, who missed all of last season with an injury, competed in her final 5K collegiate race in South Bend. According to the IUPUI athletics website, Zajac set a goal of becoming the first IUPUI runner to ever break 18 minutes. She was 13th out of 212 runners and beat her previous 5K record time by 28 seconds.
Zajac has won two individual meets for the Jaguars this season.
Junior Jordan Hanaway (Hebron) had a personal-best time of 18:47.7 to place 60th, knocking 21 seconds off her previous best.
Men’s cross country
Manchester’s Jon Caffarelli (Marian Catholic) cracked the top 25 Saturday at the 2013 Division III Prenationals Meet in Hanover.
Caffarelli finished in 29:59.26, his time less than 10 seconds out of the top five of a challenging field.
Franklin College can thank some local flavor for its record-setting 80-14 victory over Earlham. Colin Gallagher (Wheeler) starts on the defensive line and Keaton Lyons (Rensselaer) plays linebacker, while Marco Radjenovic (Lake Central) plays offensive line and receiver Connor Houston (Rensselaer) helped the Grizzlies pile up 608 yards of total offense.
The 80 points were the most ever scored in a Heartland Collegiate Conference game. The Grizzles have won 28 straight conference games, tied for the second longest streak in the nation.
Franklin is ranked No. 14 in Division III.
St. Joe’s Michael Lipton (Crown Point) scored the lone goal in the Pumas’ 1-0 victory over Marysville in St. Louis.
The senior grad student, who already has a degree in accounting, was a four-year letter winner in basketball and three-year starter. He finished in the top 20 in school history in steals.
Lipton also scored the Pumas’ only goal in a 3-1 loss to the University of Illinois (Springfield) Friday, and also the lone team’s goal in a 2-1 loss to Truman State.
Manchester’s Katelyn Barta (Griffith) continues to keep her name among the Heartland Conference statistics leaders. The junior is among the top five in in goals (7, second), assists (5, tied for first), shots (fourth) and points (19, second). She is also ranked 41st nationally in assists.
Even though she’s enjoying her junior season at Olivet-Nazarene, Tiffany Madura (Munster) recently received a plaque as “Co-Defensive Player of the Year” from Vincennes, the school at which she spent her first two seasons.