Loyola graduate Caroline Zaworski not ready for college to end: Caroline Zaworski (Class of 2015) wrapped up her cross country career Colgate this month, even though she spent the season on the sideline with an injury. She chose the Hamilton, New York, school for its academics, but Zaworski said it was a bonus to be able to run for a Division I program.

“The competition at this level was very challenging,” she said. “We go up against much bigger schools and ones that give scholarships.”

A star runner at Loyola, where she was captain of both the cross country and track and field teams, Zaworski (pictured above) hasn’t experienced the same success in college. Instead of being discouraged, she changed her outlook on the sport.

“I started running for myself,” she said. “As I’ve gotten older, I see other benefits of the sport. It’s been a formative for me, and it’s something I want to continue to do for a long time.”

An Arlington Heights’ resident, Zaworski is more than a college athlete, and she’s taken advantage of opportunities Colgate has offered to her. She spent the spring semester in Australia at University of Wollongong. While there, she visited Indonesia and New Zealand as well as the Great Barrier Reef. Zaworski tried surfing for the first time.

“I got out of my comfort zone and was exposed to new things,” she said. “Colgate has forced me into new situations.”

Upon graduation, Zaworski, who’s studying mathematical biology with the intention of attending medical school, said she plans to take a year off from school and work in the biotech industry somewhere on the East Coast.

“I’ve had an amazing time at Colgate, but I’m not ready to leave just yet,” Zaworski said.

In other cross country news, Michigan redshirt sophomore Kathryn House (Class of 2016) was among the top 12 runners on a team that took first in the Big Ten, first at the NCAA Great Lakes Regional and fourth at the NCAA Championships on Saturday in Madison, Wisconsin.

House could have a bigger role next season as three of Michigan’s top seven graduate.

Jack Badovinac earns honor, readies for FCS playoffs with Colgate: In his first season as a full-time starter on the offensive line, the 6-foot-2, 290-pound Jack Badovinac (Class of 2017) was selected to the All-Patriot League first team.

Patriot League champions and undefeated against FCS opponents, the Raiders (9-1) received the No. 8 seed in the playoffs and await the winner between Delaware and James Madison in the second round. Colgate will play at home Dec. 1.

Badovinac’s cousin, Peter Badovinac, has a big game Saturday when Ohio State hosts Michigan at 11 a.m., with the winner going to the Big Ten title game. Peter is in his first season as a graduate assistant coaching linebackers.

Peter (Class of 2008) played quarterback for three seasons at Loyola. He was the Catholic Blue’s offensive player of the year as a senior. He went to Drake before transferring to Michigan State.

Prior to joining Ohio State’s staff, Peter served as the linebackers coach and recruiting coordinator at Missouri State, an FCS program.

Loyola soccer alum makes history in first college season: Middlebury freshman Cate Shellenback (Class of 2018) came off the bench Sunday to help the Panthers to a 1-0 win over Misericordia at home to send them to the Final Four of the NCAA Division III tournament.

With the victory, Middlebury (18-1-3) set a program record for wins in a single season. In their second trip to the national semifinals, the Panthers play Washington University at 4 p.m. Friday in Greensboro, North Carolina. Middlebury is looking for its first national title.

A forward, Shellenback has played in 19 games, starting one, and has two goals.

An Evanston native, Shellenback was a four-year varsity player for the Ramblers.

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