Kelsey Going, a Litchfield graduate, is not starting quite yet.
But if the Butler native and Millikin University sophomore keeps scoring over 20 points a game, she might find herself in the starting lineup in short order.
Even more outstanding than Going's performances against Illinois Wesleyan University and North Central College, was her eye-popping shooting percentage in each contest. In the 94-78 loss to IWU, Going scored 22 points in her 25 minutes of play. Going, who also grabbed eight rebounds, hit 11-of-14 field goals. They downed North Central College, and the 6-foot-1 center, who scored 21, shot even better, hitting 10-11 field goals and one charity toss. She also had four rebounds in her 20 minutes of play.
Millikin is 9-11 overall and 3-6 in the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin. ...
Going was not the only area athlete to play in the Millikin/IWU contest. Shelby Gray (Hillsboro), an IWU player, had two points in her three minutes of play. Illinois Wesleyan is 13-6 overall and 7-1 in the CCIW.
McKendree University's Blake DeLong (Hillsboro) dashed to a first place finish in the 5,000-meter run at the Indiana University Relays, which were held at the Gladstein Fieldhouse. The Bearcat senior finished in 14 minutes, 48.50 seconds. He was over eight seconds ahead of the second place finisher, Illinois State University's Tyler Morse, who finished in 14:56.53. He was also fourth in the mile run, finishing in 4:14.34. Team scores were not kept.
Limestone College's Hannah Luckett (Hillsboro) finished 69th in the Tusculum College/Kiawah Island Intercollegiate, which was held at Cougar Point Golf Club on Kiawah Island. Luckett finished with 169, shooting an 89 in the first round and an 80 in the second and final round. Limestone finished 11th with a 648. Barry University won the team title with a 597.
Eastern Illinois University harrier Victoria Quarton (Litchfield) finished 26th in the 800-meter run at the Jack Jennett Invitational, which was held at University of Northern Iowa. Quarton finished with a time of 2:36.85. Team scores were not kept.
Greenville College track athletes Branden Niehaus (Hillsboro), Dusty Atteberry (Litchfield) and Joseph Seabaugh (Litchfield) all competed in the Illinois College hosted Snowbird Invitational. The outing was held at the Bruner Fitness Center in Jacksonville. Niehaus was 11th in the 400-meter dash, crossing the finish line in :53.84. Atteberry competed in the weight throw, finishing 14th with a toss of 11.32 meters. Seabaugh, a freshman distance runner, finished 23rd in the mile run. He ran a 5:26.40.
As a team, Greenville finished seventh with 43 points. Central Methodist University won the team title with 95 points.
Landon Weitekamp (Raymond-Lincolnwood) worked 1 1/3 of an inning and suffered the loss as his college team, King College, lost a 3-2 decision to Newberry College. Weitekamp allowed one earned run on one hit. He walked three batters, hit one batter and fanned one hitter. King is 0-5 on the young season.
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Dan Chamness is a freelance college sports writer. He can be contacted at Dan62801@aol.com.