From Staff Reports
Saint Xavier track and field athlete Alex Lambros set a new Cougars track and field record en route to becoming the program’s sixth All-American by virtue of her performance at the 2019 NAIA Indoor Track & Field National Championships.
Lambros, a senior, competed in two events, opening the meet March 1 with the long jump. The All-CCAC honoree and current SXU record-holder placed 11th with a jump of 5.48 meters, missing All-American status by one place.
Lambros came back March 2 and placed sixth in the triple jump with a mark of 11.62 meters, setting a new SXU indoor track and field record. She also became the first Saint Xavier student-athlete to be named an All-American in any men's or women's field event.
On the men's side, junior distance runner Mario Scarcelli his championship meet debut in the preliminaries of the 5,000-meter run. Scarcelli placed 10th with a time of 15:17.12.
The Cougars will begin the outdoor track and field season at the Washington University Distance Carnival on Friday, March 29 in St. Louis.
The Cyclones closed out the regular season Feb. 23 with a 120-72 victory over conference rival Waubonsee Community College.
The 120 points were the third most points in a women’s game in Moraine Valley history. The Cyclones finished the 29-1 overall and 14-0 in conference play.
Hennessey Handy led the way with 24 points, going 9-for-12 from the floor and 3-for-4 from the 3-point arc. Julia Ruzevich had 19 points, seven rebounds and four assists while her twin, Kate, put up her first triple-double of the season with 18 points, 14 rebounds and 12 assists.
Ashley Hunter chipped in 17 points while Erin Greenfield added 14 points and six rebounds.
The Cyclones, the top seed in NJCAA Region IV, started their playoff run with a 102-45 romp over Black Hawk College.
Moraine led only 21-19 lead after the first quarter, but put the game away by outscoring Black Hawk 24-6 in the second quarter and 30-6 in the third quarter.
Kate Ruzevich led the scoring with 21 points and a game high 18 rebounds, and Handy added another triple-double with 19 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists. Erin Greenfield had 14 points and eight rebounds and Julia Ruzevich scored 14 points and dished out eight assists.
The Cyclones ended their regular season Feb. 23 with a 86-77 win over conference rival Waubonsee Community College.
Lawrence Pointer led the effort with 18 points, followed by Elijah Ward’s 15. Maurice Chambers had 13 points, eight steals and six assists. Cortez King and Michael Drynan each had 11 points and seven rebounds.
The Cyclones finished the regular season 21-9 overall and 9-5 in conference play.
Moraine then advanced to the NJCAA Region IV semifinals with a 97-76 victory over visiting Kishwaukee College. The win avenged a November loss to the Kougars.
Chambers scored a team-high 25 points to go with five assists and two blocks, while Drynan scored 17 points, pulled down 12 boards and dominated in the paint with seven blocks.
King had 14 points, 12 rebounds and three blocks, Jalen Hughes scored 11 points, and Elijah Ward finished with 10 points, 12 rebounds and three blocks.