It didn’t take long for Tony Hollingsworth to break onto the scene at the University of Illinois-Chicago.
The former Bishop Noll standout in football and track got off to a great start with the Flames, stealing the show with two individual wins at the Cardinal Invitational in Naperville on Jan. 18.
Hollingsworth took first in the 60-meter dash with a time of 6.91 seconds, and then followed with the title in the 200-meter dash, taking top honors in 22.37.
Hollingsworth helped UIC to a fourth-place team finish with 82 points.
This past Saturday, Hollingsworth placed ninth in the 200 (21.98) at the stacked Indiana Relays in Bloomington.
Hollingsworth, a transfer from Calumet College, finished eighth in the 100-meter dash at the 2008 IHSAA state finals.
* Ryan Cutter (Chesterton) broke the IUPUI indoor 3,000-meter record – not just once, but twice – in the last two weeks.
While Cutter’s time of 8:33 was good for the school record (and fourth overall) in Bloomington Jan. 18, he topped that mark at the Indiana Relays – clocking in at 8:28 for top honors this past weekend.
Cutter, a redshirt freshman, beat the previous school mark by nearly 16 seconds.
“It was a good day in Bloomington,” IUPUI coach and Valpo High grad Chuck Koeppen told iupuijags.com. “Cutter kind of led the way for us and really looked good out there.”
* The University of Indianapolis men’s track roster is loaded with region flavor and it is already paying off with a No. 11 ranking in the NCAA Division-II poll.
Lew Wallace grad Robert Gardner had an NCAA provisional mark in the 400-meter dash (48.93) to finish sixth overall at the Gladstein Invitational in Bloomington on Jan. 20. Gardner’s time is currently 19th in Division II.
Meanwhile, Gardner is teaming with fellow Lew Wallace grad Jerel Flournoy in the 1,600-meter relay and that team also hit an NCAA provisional with a time of 3:13.54, currently the second-best time in Division II.
Chris Johnson (Lake Central) lowered the Rolfs Aquatic Center pool record at Notre Dame in the 100 breaststroke with an NCAA B-cut time of 54.17 during this past weekend’s Shamrock Invitational in South Bend.
Brad Karp (Valparaiso) helped St. Xavier beat Calumet College 100-64 Saturday night. The Cougars (20-4) have won nine straight games and 17 of their last 18. Karp had game-highs of 26 points and 12 rebounds for his 10th double-double effort of the season.
Mt. Carmel punter Joe Pavlik is part of the 2013 recruiting class at St. Xavier University.
Pavlik averaged 42.5 yards per punt in the title game for the Class 8A state champion Caravan.
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