Alexandria Quarton, a University of Illinois-Springfield freshman and Litchfield graduate, likes the longer distance races.
At the University of Illinois-Springfield hosted First Meet Ever Invitational, she proved she has the endurance to do it. First UIS, along with the rest of the competing teams, ran the 4,000-meter race. Quarton would finish fifth in 15 minutes, 55.88 seconds. She would help UIS take fourth with 77 points. Truman State University took first.
On the same day, a bit later, the competitors, not all of them, but most, ran the 2,000-meter race. Quarton would finish second with a run of 7:33.25. UIS took second with 34 points. McKendree took first with 23 points.
"My times were both good," said Quarton. "I like the longer distance races. There are a group of us that try to stay together. I just want to keep learning and keep improving. I am very happy we did the 4,000-meter race first."
Matthew O'Guinn (Hillsboro) was the Blackburn's goalkeeper of record as they defeated Robert Morris University-Springfield. The freshman played 45 minutes in between the pipes. He made three saves and allowed one goal. O'Guinn is 1-1-1.
Bobby Nash (Nokomis) started the game for Blackburn, while Samuel Tomas-Guerrero (Litchfield) and Tommy Millburg (Litchfield) both subbed into the contest, but did not have any stats.
O'Guinn also played 100 minutes in Blackburn's 2-1 overtime loss to Anderson University. In absorbing the loss, O'Guinn made five saves and allowed two goals. Tomas-Guerrero and Millburg both subbed into the loss, while Nash, who started, had one shot on goal. Blackburn is 2-2-2.
Samantha Voils (Nokomis) had 12 kills and a .500 hitting percentage, but it was not enough to power Missouri Valley College beyond Concordia University-Nebraska. In the 3-1 loss, Voils also had two block assists. It was one of four matches that Missouri Valley played within the last week. Unfortunately for Missouri Valley, they were topped in each contest. They were beaten by Northwestern College (3-0), Mid-American Nazarene University (3-1) and Hastings College (3-0). In the four matches, Voils finished with 32 kills, four digs and two block assists. Missouri Valley is 11-5.
Hope Brakenhoff (Litchfield) has started every game in goal for the Greenville College women's soccer team thus far. She has played 225 minutes in the five games and has a record of 1-2. She has made 19 saves and allowed three goals. Christina Bowman (Hillsboro) has played three games for Greenville. the junior defensive player has no stats. Greenville is 2-3.
Sarah Maguire (Hillsboro) made eight saves and allowed two goals as her college team, MacMurray College, lost a 2-0 decision to Harris-Stowe State University She played all 90 minutes. In their first game of the year, a 5-1 win over Lincoln Christian University, Maquire played 77:44 in goal. She had two saves and allowed only one goal. Fellow MacMurray Highlander Ameeyla Kuhl (Hillsboro) started both contests. Kuhl had one shot on goal against LCU. MacMurray is 1-1.
Whitney Chesser (Hillsboro), a Blackburn College sophomore, has played in three games. The midfielder does not have any stats. Blackburn is 1-4-1.
Tatum Wertin (Litchfield) has played in two games for the Millikin University women's soccer team thus far. The sophomore midfielder/forward has no stats and has helped Millikin post a 2-1 mark thus far.
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