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Marion County College Report

Centralia's Travis Lavin posts NAIA National qualifying mark

Centralia grad Travis Lavin will be heading to the NAIA Championships for McKendree — one way or another.

He is not yet sure, however, whether he will be running in one event or two.

Lavin has already qualified in the marathon, so one event could be more than enough. At least distance wise.

At The GO! St. Louis Half-Marathon, Lavin finished in 1-hour, 13-minutes and 53-seconds to place eighth.

"It seems like the longer the race, the better I do," Lavin said. "I felt pretty good in St. Louis and everything went pretty well. It was a little easier than I thought it would be. I think I could have run harder, but I followed my race plan — and that I could not have done any better."

Lavin needed to run a 1:14.00 or faster to reach the NAIA automatic qualifying standard. He was the first college runner, attempting to qualify in the NAIA marathon, to cross the finish line.

Lavin is hoping to have a chance to run the 10K as well. The NAIA Nationals will be held in Marion, Ind., beginning May 26. It will be the final NAIA competition for McKendree as they transition from NAIA to NCAA Division II.

"There was an athlete less than five seconds ahead of me that was an NAIA All-American one year ago," said Lavin. "That made me feel pretty good." ...


Quincy's Mitchell Broughton, a Centralia grad, helped the Hawks defeat Urbana in both ends of a doubleheader, finishing 1-for-3 with one homer and two walks over the two-game set. Quincy won the games 9-4 and 2-1 to improve to 26-16 overall and 20-8 in the Great Lakes Valley Conference. ...

Centralia grad Aaron Newcomb, now a Delta State pitcher, earned his seventh win of the year with a 4-1 triumph over Henderson State. Newcomb allowed one earned run on four hits on seven innings and fanned five. Delta State is 29-17 overall and 14-6 in the Gulf South Conference-West Division. ...

Centralia grad Cody Stevenson was 1-for-4 to help Webster defeat Spalding 6-2. Stevenson also walked and stole one base in the win. In a 4-1 triumph over Spalding, Stevenson walked twice, scored once and stole one base. Webster is 25-11 overall and 18-3 in the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. ...

Over the first five days of May, Rochester Red Wings baseball player Brian Dinkelman posted two multiple hit games. On May 1 Dinkelman was 3-for-5 with one run and one RBI during a 9-6 win over the Syracuse Chiefs 9-6. The Centralia grad was also 2-for-4 with one run and one walk in Rochester's 3-2 victory over the Gwinnett Braves.

Rochester, the Class AAA affiliate of the Minnesota Twins, is 12-15 and fourth in the International League-North, 4 1/2 games behind Scranton/Wilkes Barre. ...


Rend Lake golfer Taylor Landers, who is McKendree bound in the fall, finished third at the NJCAA Region XXIV Finals. The Salem grad shot a 171 over 36 holes including a tidy 81 over the first 18 holes. Rend Lake won the Regional championship with a 685. John A. Logan Junior College took second with a 703.

Landers was one of three RLC golfers named to the NJCAA Region XXIV All-Region Team. The team will be competing in NJCAA National Championships in Daytona Beach, Fla., beginning Monday. ...

Kenny Evischi and Zach Phillips, graduates of Centralia and Salem, respectively, each competed at the GLVC Championships at the Panther Creek Country Club in Springfield, Ill. Evischi, who hits the links for Maryville, finished 33rd with a 152 with a low round of 73.

Phillips, a UIS golfer, carded a 171 and finished 67th. Maryville did not have a team score. Illinois-Springfield finished 10th with a 621. Lewis University won the team title with a 584. Maryville did not have a team score. ...


Amanda Brendel, a Salem graduate and Southern Indiana senior, posted multiple hit games in both wins over Kentucky Wesleyan. Not only did she have multiple hit games, but all four hits went for extra bases.

In a 3-1 triumph Brendel was 2-for-3 with a solo homer, one double and two RBI. In an 8-7 win Brendel was 2-for-5 with a three-run homer, one double and four RBI. Brendel now has 10 doubles and eight homers this year. USI is 21-19 overall and 10-12 in the Great Lakes Valley Conference. ...

Centralia grad Bailee Winkler helped the Lindenwood Lady Lions win their final two games of the regular season by shutout. In a 9-0 win over Avila College, Winkler was 1-for-4 with a solo homer and two runs. In a 10-0 triumph over Avila, Winkler was 2-for-3 with a double. Lindenwood is 29-21 overall and 15-5 in the Heart of America Athletic Conference. ...


Message from Daniel L. Chamness

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