Memorial Day Heat Wave
Due to excessive heat, the Memorial Day Parade in Downtown Naperville was canceled yesterday. The Memorial Day ceremony in Central Park was still observed, but was moved up from its originally scheduled time of 12:15 p.m. to 11 a.m. The heat drew big crowds, however, to Centennial Beach on its opening weekend. According to the Naperville Park District the facility was at maximum capacity multiple times this weekend and had to institute a one-in, one-out policy.
McDowell Bridge Opens
This morning, The Forest Preserve District of DuPage County celebrated the opening of a new two-lane entrance bridge into the McDowell Grove Forest Preserve. The bridge has two lanes for cars and a separate trail for foot traffic and bicycles. Construction began last summer to replace the 70-year-old bridge. The old bridge restricted access for emergency and maintenance vehicles due to a 5-ton weight limit, but the new bridge won’t have that issue.
Naperville Track Teams See Success
This weekend Naperville proved that it is one of the best running cities in the country. One week after the Naperville North Girls Track team won its first state championship, the Neuqua Valley Boys Track and Field team duplicated the feat. The Wildcats had no individual champions, but racked up big points from the 4×800 meter relay, Zach Kinne in the 3200, Donovan Turner in the 110-meter hurdles, and Ife Oketona in the long jump. All four finished in second place. The 4×400 relay team secured the points needed for a first place finish by finishing third in the last race of the meet. Naperville schools won three of the four running based IHSA titles this season. Waubonsie Valley’s Wes York finished third in the 800 and Naperville Central’s Thomas Shilgalis took third in the 1600.
Later in the day, the North Central College Men’s Track and Field Team continued its strong season at the Division III National Championships in Lacrosse, Wisconsin. Picking up big points from pole vault and a national championship from Dhruvil Patel in the 10k, the Cardinals finished as the national runner up, just a single point behind Mount Union. Mount Union snagged first place away from NCC in the 4×400, winning the relay while North Central finished fourth. Congratulations to all of our outstanding runners on a great weekend of competition.
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