Roger Malonda capped off a banner weekend for the Calumet College of St. Joseph indoor track team by making school history.
Malonda was one of three CCSJ athletes to compete at the NAIA Indoor Track and Field National Championships in Pittsburg, Kansas.
The Spaniard finished in seventh place with a time of 8 minutes, 39.01 seconds. Malonda’s finish earned him a spot on the podium and the title of All-American — the first in school history in a running sport.
Malonda originally qualified for three events but decided to compete in just the 3,000-meter run along with the men’s mile. Malonda ran his mile heat in 4:17.27 but missed a spot in the finals by .11 seconds. The senior finished in 11th place in the final standings.
Munster product Olivia Askew competed in the 400 dash, finishing her heat in fourth place with a time of 58.98 seconds and earning a 15th-place finish.
Sophomore Robert Davis put forth a jump of 6.85 meters in the long jump on his first attempt and finished in 11th place after fouling on his next two attempts.
The Crimson Wave will return to action in outdoor action at the end of the month when both the men’s and women’s teams take part in the Bellarmine Invitational in Louisville.
Kapers on the Watch: Schererville native and Valparaiso baseball player Scott Kapers was named to the official 2018 Johnny Bench Award Watch list this week. The junior is one of two Missouri Valley Conference catchers on the list, joining Dallas Baptist senior Matt Duce.
Kapers threw out 41.5 percent of potential base stealers last season and has blossomed offensively this season. The Mount Carmel product has a .357 batting average with four doubles, a home run and 10 RBI in 11 games this season.
The Crusaders (4-7) are on their spring trip in California where they will take on UC-Riverside and Loyola Marymount this week before traveling to Arkansas Pine Bluff next weekend.
Pride on the prowl: Purdue Northwest opened its 2018 baseball campaign with a quartet of games last weekend and big performances from freshman Kevin McCune.
The Andrean product had a breakout performance during a split against Wisconsin-Parkside on Sunday when McCune went a combined 4-for-8 with a home run, three runs scored and six RBI.
The Pride dropped Sunday’s opener 9-4 and things looked bleak when the Rangers jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the top of the first inning at Dowling Park in Hammond in the second game of the doubleheader. Bishop Noll product Larry Crisler quickly answered with a RBI single as the Pride added two runs in the bottom of the third inning.
McCune gave the Pride (3-1) the lead for good in the bottom of the fourth inning when the freshman delivered a two-run single. McCune would drive in two more runs and score twice more as Purdue Northwest scored 11 unanswered runs to close out the 11-3 victory.
The Pride travels to Florida on Sunday for its spring trip with upcoming games against Florida Memorial, Warner, Embry-Riddle and Webber International.