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Gold and Black Illustrated, Vol 26, Digital 5

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GOLD AND BLACK ILLUSTRATED OLUME 26, ISSUE 5 86 THE HILL GROUP CHICAGO ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION We're Illinois' largest mechanical contractor, and we're proud to have 37 outstanding Purdue alumni on our HVAC / Plumbing team. Warren Hill, ME '63 Jim Hill, MET '95, MBA '03 Jim Billard, LA '90 Brian Teyema, ME '87 Scott Dierking, IM '77 Russ Nelson, BCM '00 David Pikey, PH '97 Rhonda Orange, BS '03, MBA '07 Bill Silfies, MBA '03 Nick Muscolino, MET '06 Matthew Crawford, MET '05 Bob Hill, BCM '06 Anthony Camasta, MET '04 Deborah Toth, MET '07 Daniel Block, ME '08 Daniel Gasser, BS '04 Jason Jones, MET '08 Nick Johnson, BCM '09 Bryan O'Neill, BCM '09 Steven Sitkowski, BCM '10 Isaac Townsend, ME '10 Don Wunderlich, ME '13 Taylor Spaulding, ME '12 Jessica James, BS '13 Robert C. Krier, MET '13 Joseph Ketcik, CE '13 Joseph Schraffenberger, ME'13 Michael Rish, BCM '13 Bill Shuck, MET '14 Brandon Goldstein, ME '14 Jared Schreiber, MET '14 Jason Leitchy, BCM '12 Dan Schmidt, BCM '04 Nicole Chabot, IT & ID '05 Grant Fillipitch, MET '12 Chaz Usher, BCM '17 Josh Grant, ME '17 The Hill Group served as mechanical contractor for renovation of the historic (1893) 240,000 SF Chicago Athletic Association building. Hill self- performed the process piping and sheet metal work as well as equipment start up, and testing and balancing. G&B_Glossy2015_HillGrp_final_rev 1/21/16 8:59 PM Page 1 it's a lot of pressure, it makes me nervous." The relay team's execution, though, eased Thomas' bur- den. With Greene encouraging from the infield — video of his shouts of "Go mama!" and "Praise Jesus!" has been viewed more than 246,000 times online — Jones has a clean start, putting the Boilermakers in the mix, in third place, after her first leg; Carmiesha Cox, who takes the baton next, briefly falls to fourth before charging to sec- ond late. By the time she's ready to hand to Black, she's in third, but most importantly, she's clear of trouble, putting Purdue in position to win. On the third leg, Iowa's Alexa Hernandez takes off quick- ly, firing ahead of OSU's Franklin and Black. But by the 200 mark, Hernandez is showing signs of fatigue, dropping back to third by the final handoff. Then, it's on Thomas. "I think Bri is good as an anchor because she just leaves it all on the track," Black said of her roommate. "She's just a beast, just a great anchor leg. She'll run whoever she has to down, to get us in a good place or to win, just like at the Big Tens, (when she) came from behind." That was one Big Ten victory, but there will likely be others, considering the opportunities still yet to come for Black and Thomas. "Those two have really blessed this program," Greene said. "They really have allowed us to establish our reputa- tion within the state of Indiana, and I'm talking both gen- ders even though they're both young females. There are so many people who have so much respect for them and what they've done that we get calls from all over the state. "And they're the type of young people that I think any coach in any institution in any league, any of the Pow- er Five teams, would say, 'Hey, I'm glad they're with us.' They're that talented. People say the SEC is the epicenter of speed and power, (but) Symone and Brionna can get down with anybody in the country and they're proving that." j

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