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Torpy twins running to success at next level

Sandburg grads now at Miami (Ohio) compete at NCAA Track & Field Championships

From Staff Reports

Two runners who made names for themselves at Sandburg are having success at the college level.

Orland Park residents – and twins – Christopher and Sean Torpy competed in the 2019 NCAA Track & Field Outdoor Championships. The brothers are juniors at Miami (Ohio).

On the first day of nationals, Chris finished the 1500 meter run in 3:45.77, good for ninth on the day but outside the top seven, and thus he did not advance to the second day. He was competing in the event at nationals for the second consecutive season. The ninth-place finish represents a 14-spot improvement from his finish in 2018.

Later that day, Sean made his nationals debut in the 800 meter run. He was in second place at the final turn, but a collision on the track caused a chain reaction and contributed to him finishing fifth in the heat and 17th overall with a time of 1:50.48.

Sean earned the Mid-American Conference’s Most Valuable Performer honors this season.

“Both Chris and Sean put themselves in positions they needed to be to advance,” Miami (Ohio) track & field director Tom Chorny said. “Chris got boxed into a spot that was tough to get out of and he was a little behind when it freed up. It takes experience to get out of that to make a spot open up. It played out well and if he had been able to make a move a little sooner, he would’ve moved on.

“For Sean, he needed the race of his life. They made it far and did really well.”

The Torpys were standouts at Sandburg in track and cross country. Both were members of the Eagles’ 2015 state champion cross country team, and were members of the 4×800 relay team that won a track state championships in 2015 and 2016. The squad’s time of 7:37.36 in the 4×800 meter relay in 2016 is an Illinois high school record.

Sean earned all-state honors four times in track and once in cross country, and he won the state title in the 1500 meter in 2016. His 800-meter time of 1:47.95 in 2016, which he ran at the U.S. Army Midwest Distance Classic in 2016, is an Illinois record and 10th all-time in the United States. He won a national championship at the 2016 New Balance Indoor Nationals in New York City, ranking fifth in the country with a time of 17:16.36.

Cougars compete at nationals
Saint Xavier men’s track & field athletes Alex Lambros and Mario Scarcelli represented Saint Xavier at the 2019 NAIA Outdoor Track & Field Championships.

Lambros, a senior, competed in the women’s long jump, finishing 21st with a distance of 17 feet, 9.75 inches.

In the triple jump, Lambros missed a top-ten finish with a jump of 38 feet, one-quarter inch.

Scarcelli, a sophomore, ran the men’s 5000 meter, finishing 11th in the first of two preliminaries with a time of 15:37.95.

Three Cougars were named to the NAIA Track & Field Scholar-Athlete list. Juniors Grace Maletich and Brian Baldwin, the latter an Oak Lawn graduate, and senior Jill Siemiawski of Evergreen Park HS were recognized for maintaining a minimum 3.50 cumulative GPA with junior or senior academic status

Honorable Honors
Saint Xavier third baseman Matt Monahan was named an NAIA All-American Honorable Mention on Tuesday, becoming the first player for SXU to earn NAIA All-American honors since 2010.

The 49th NAIA All-American recipient in the 47-year history of the Cougars program, Monahan, a junior, started all 51 games for the Cougars (34-17) in 2019. He was named the CCAC Player of the Year after posting a .370 average on the season, and led the CCAC with 81 base hits and 60 RBI.

Nationally, the junior was 10th in the NAIA, averaging 1.59 hits per game. With Monahan on the field, the Cougars claimed the CCAC regular season title for the first time since 2009, reaching the opening round tournament of the NAIA World Series.

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Saint Xavier Paw Prints dance team member Henrietta McDonald traveled to Washington, D.C. this summer to participate in the American Red Cross Collegiate Leadership Program.

The program provides student-athletes with the opportunity to develop leadership skills and inspire a new generation of volunteers by organizing blood drives for their classmates and community.

McDonald’s experience began with training, mentoring and networking during a two-week internship at Red Cross headquarters in Washington. The internship provides participating students the chance to receive coaching from senior Red Cross leadership.

This opportunity can help participants gain life-long skills that can have an impact on their campus and throughout their future careers.

McDonald, a junior, received a $2,000 scholarship for participating in the program.

“My time with the Red Cross Collegiate Leadership Program so far has truly shown me the importance of life-saving blood donation,” said McDonald, who will lead a Red Cross blood drive when she returns to campus this fall. “The lessons and guidance we are receiving will equip me with marketing and promotion ideas, and help me to develop skills needed to lead a volunteer team.”

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