When Alexandria Quarton sets a personal best, she doesn't mess around.
Quarton, a Litchfield graduate, shaved a whopping 15 seconds off her previous personal best in the indoor 3,000-meter run while competing for Illinois-Springfield at the Illinois College Snowbird Open.
Quarton covered the distance in 11 minutes, 23.25 seconds, besting her previous best of 11:38.23 set Feb. 11 of last year at the Grand Valley State Big Meet.
Not only did Quarton run the fastest indoor 3K of her young life at the Snowbird, it was also the fastest in UIS history, breaking the school record by five seconds.
The Prairie Stars finished eighth in the 17 team competition with 25 points, 99 back of Columbia College's winning total.
Lincolnwood product Abby Brockmeyer led her team in three categories Friday, helping the Southern Illinois Salukis to a 62-46 victory over Loyola Chicago.
Brockmeyer had team highs with 16 points, six rebounds and three blocked shots, helping to push her squad to 11-8 overall and 6-2 in Missouri Valley Conference play.
Former Nokomis standout and Illinois Wesleyan forward Ashley Schneider hit 5-of-7 from the field Saturday to finish with 10 points, three assists and two steals in an easy 89-46 win over Carroll University.
Schneider also had six points, six rebounds and three steals Jan. 17 during a 79-62 win over Millikin. IWU is now 14-7 overall and an unblemished 7-0 in College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin play.
MacMurray College got six points and a 3-of-4 shooting night from Nokomis graduate Derek Bourke Jan. 17 during an 88-80 road loss to Iowa Wesleyan. The loss drops Bourke's Highlanders to 6-11 overall and 2-7 in the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.
North Dakota State forward Dylan Miller hit both of his field goal attempts, including a 3-pointer, to finish with five points over seven minutes Saturday during a 92-88 road loss to Fort Wayne. The Bison are now 10-10 overall and 2-2 in the Summit League.